It was a long time coming for the Hanover volleyball program, as the Wildcats had not won a state title since 1979, according to the school’s Facebook page.
In the championship match of the 1A Division II Tournament, Hanover took down Attica (25-18, 25-19) to win that elusive championship.
The top-seeded Wildcats defeated Wheatland/Grinnell with relative ease in the semifinals (25-12, 25-16) to set up the showdown with second seeded Attica in the finals. Attica defeated Hutchinson Central Christian in the semifinals (25-15, 25-23).
Central Christian won the consolation match in straight sets (25-23, 25-18).
Bishop Carroll defeated Maize South in the consolation match of the 5A Tournament.
The Eagles, which were seeded second in the tournament, fell to Lansing (25-22, 25-23) in the semifinals. The Mavericks fell to eventual champion St. Thomas Aquinas (25-8, 25-9) in the other semifinal match.
Carroll narrowly defeated Maize South in the first set, 25-17, but then cruised to a 25-7 victory in the second set.
For the second straight season, Andale came up short in the 4A championship game.
Last season, the Indians fell to Topeka Hayden in the finals, while this year they lost to Bishop Miege (25-23, 25-15).
Andale took down McPherson in the semifinals.
Smoky Valley was in the state championship game for first time in the school’s history and at the state tournament for the first time in over 30 years.
The Vikings bid for a state title came up just short, however, as they lost to Sabetha (25-23, 25-16) in the finals.
To advance to the championship match, Smoky Valley defeated West Franklin in three sets (23-25, 25-23, 25-21).
Hillsboro took fourth at the 2A Tournament, falling to Wabaunsee (25-22, 25-23) in the consolation match.
The Trojans lost to Smith Center (25-22, 25-19) in the semifinals.