Best of the best seen at Nebraska Top 10

The Nebraska Top 10 Volleyball banner hangs outside Cope Coliseum at Kearney Catholic (Neb.) High School. (KHGI)

With less than a week to go until the start of fall sports, some of the top volleyball teams from across the state have spent the last couple of days at Kearney Catholic High, competing in the annual Nebraska Top 10 Volleyball Tournament.

The tournament began on Saturday and concluded Tuesday, giving coaches and players a better idea of how they should look when the season officially starts on Aug. 23.

"I'm hoping that this tournament helps us come together as a team and points out leaders and see what the potential we have for the younger girls to come," Anna Sluka, a junior at Exeter-Milligan, said.

This was the first time back in a competitive atmosphere for many since the season ended last fall, reinvigorating the motivation to be one of the best, against the best.

"It really prepares us for what we'll see in the post–season. The teams here are usually the ones who are in postseason play that we have to play against to get down to Lincoln and everything," said Kalee Wiltfong, a senior at Doniphan-Trumbull. "So it's really good to see the teams that we could play against at the end in postseason."

"The (bigger schools) can find our weak spots and fix them, so we're better than our own class," added Arcadia-Loup City junior Nadia VanSlyke. "Because class A and B, they're a lot bigger in school size, so they really pick out our weaknesses better than the class C schools do."

Millard South won the A-B-C1 gold pool and Stanton was the gold place winner of the C2 Top 10.

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