LINCOLN | The top-ranked (C2) and top-seeded Hartington Cedar Catholic volleyball team swept eighth-seeded Southern Valley 25-16, 25-12, 25-14 in the opening round of the Nebraska State tournament here Thursday.

Jada Cattau finished with 11 kills and 14 digs for the Trojans (33-0). Madison Wieseler dished out 19 assists and added 11 kills. Ashley Hamilton notched 17 assists and Madalyn Arens tallied 20 digs.

Lauryn Samuelson registered eight kills for Southern Valley (26-6).

Cedar Catholic, in its second-straight state tournament appearance, plays third-ranked Stanton (31-3) in the state semifinals. HCC defeated Stanton, the defending state champions, 19-25, 25-22, 26-24 on Sept. 16 at the Stanton Invitational.

Cedar Catholic, the Mid-States Conference champion, is in its ninth state tournament in school history.