Valley Heights, Centralia Pre-Season Favorites In Volleyball Rankings

The Kansas Volleyball Association along with Wednesday released the 2010 Kansas High School Volleyball Pre-Season Rankings.

Topping the list in class 2A is the Valley Heights Lady Mustangs, who finished the 2009 season at 35-11, which includes a 3rd place finish in the KSHSAA 2A State Championship Tournament.

Speaking of the Centralia Lady Panthers, they top the 1A pre-season rankings heading into the 2010 season. The Lady Panthers stormed through the season a year ago, but fell in the KSHSAA 1A State Championship to Twin Valley League foe Frankfort. The Frankfort Lady Wildcats are mentioned as receiving votes in the 1A pre-season poll. All three teams will face each other to open the 2010 season on Tuesday, August 31st in Onaga.

In September the Kansas Volleyball Association will split the 1A rankings into Division I and Division II in accordance with the new championship tournament formula the KSHSAA will be utilizing.

1. Wichita Collegiate
2. Phillipsburg
3. Southwestern Heights
4. Central Heights
5. Atchison County Community
Others: Hillsboro, Eureka

1. Valley Heights
2. Decatur Community
3. Oskaloosa
4. Uniontown
5. Lebo
Others: Hill City, Moundridge, Spearville

1. Centralia
2. St. John Hudson
3. Hutch – Central Christian
4. Pratt-Skyline
5. St. Johns – Beloit
Others: Frankfort

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.