GRAND ISLAND — Silver Lake fans have been waiting since 1999 to cheer on their volleyball team to the state tournament.
On Thursday night at Grand Island Central Catholic high school, it finally happened. But the contingent of parents, grandparents, siblings and classmates clad in maroon and black had to wait a little while longer than they hoped.
In the meantime, they saw a match play out between their Mustangs and Cross County that featured many ups and downs. Five sets later, there were screams and there were tears from Silver Lake players.
Facing a 2-1 deficit, the Mustangs rallied to take the fourth and fifth sets to capture the Class D-1, District 3 district championship in emotional fashion, 25-10, 15-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-10.
“It’s crazy. This team is so good. It takes all of us,” said senior Mackenzie Skupa. “What else can I say?”
With the win, Silver Lake (23-7) will be the No. 8 seed in the Class D-1 state tournament and unofficially will take on top-seeded Guardian Angels Central Catholic (28-4) in the opening round 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Grand Island Northwest. The official tourney brackets will be announced Saturday.