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Five Star Performer - Pleasanton Volleyball

Pleasanton caps off perfect 33-0 season with first state title since 1976
Published: Nov. 11, 2020 at 10:45 PM CST
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PLEASANTON, Neb. (KSNB) - The Lady Bulldogs knew this year had all the makings to be a special season from day number one.

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“First week of practice I can remember talking to the other coaches and going, ‘gosh where do we go? We’re so good right now,’" Pleasanton Volleyball Coach Shane Nordby said. "They didn’t disappoint. They elevated their game just about every week out and got better, and better, as the season went on.”

Pleasanton entered the D-1 State Tournament as the top seed with a perfect 30-0 record.

After three days in Lincoln that perfect record was still in tact.

“In the whole State Tournament this year we have been playing our best ball," Senior Katy Linder said after winning the title in straight sets. "This game especially - that was our best game all season. Just coming out on top is something that everyone dreams of, and we got it done.”

“When I was in junior high I would have never expected that we would have won this," Senior Isabelle Paitz said. "It’s awesome.”

The state title is the program’s first since 1976. Before Saturday, that was the last time they even played in the championship match.

“We had high expectations on us, put on by ourselves a lot of the time, and I think we achieved all of them,” Nordby said.

The previous two seasons they had fell short in the semifinals. Both times to Archbishop Bergan. So it’s only fitting that that’s who they faced again with the title on the line.

However, after taking down the lady knights in the Girls Basketball State Championship last season, they knew they had it in them.

“I think winning in basketball gave us that drive that we could win a state championship," Senior Natalie Siegel said. "We came in today knowing we were capable of it.”

The icing on the cake for a senior class that has continued to make history.

“We’ve been playing together forever, and I’m thankful that I got to play with such a great group of girls,” Siegel said.

“It’s great to bring this trophy home, but just working with these ladies is amazing. It’s the dream team - any coach would like to have athletes like this that come in to practice every day and work their tails off," Nordby said. "And do everything that you ask them to do. And boy it made it a pretty fun season and pretty fun four years.”

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