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Vikings make 17th straight state showing

The Northwest volleyball team poses for a picture after topping Hastings on Nov. 4, 2017 at Northwest High School in Grand Island to win the B3 district title (KHGI)

GRAND ISLAND --- Even after losing their last two matches of the regular season, Northwest volleyball toppled the competition through districts with three consecutive sweeps.

"Going into post–season we just really worked harder on things we need to get better at, whether it was serve receive or blocking," said senior Taryn Mayfield. "We really stepped up our practices, we've all been more intense."

Capturing the B3 district title earns the Vikings a trip to the state tournament for the 17th consecutive year and landing as the number three seed, the same spot in which they were a season ago.

"Part of it is we set them up in October to have a really tough schedule, we knew ahead of time it was going to be hard," head coach Diane Rouzee said. "We played some class A teams, we played some teams with really tough records, and we lost some games but we learned some things about ourselves and tried some new line–ups. That helped us with wild card points and prepared us in this final push into the season and going into states."

The Vikings begin their first match against No. 6 Ralston, Nov. 9 at 3:30 p.m. on the south court of Pinnacle Bank Arena. These two teams did not meet this year.

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