When second-seeded St. Cecilia (29-3) and No. 7-seeded Thayer Central (22-7) take to the Grand Island Northwest court 2 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the Class C-2 state tournament, it’s going to be more than just a Tribland battle.
It’s strength on strength. St. Cecilia will bring to the table a simple, but effective offense that gets the ball to its best hitters. Thayer Central possesses the ability to defend at the net and play good defense.
And both teams are coming into the state tournament on a high.
The Titans, under head coach Kurk Wiedel, enter on a four-match winning streak that includes a sweep of Aquinas Catholic in the district final. The Hawkettes, led by Alan VanCura, are on cruise control with nine consecutive wins.