Nebraska City won in the first set on Monday night against Platteview at the district tournament at Lincoln Southwest High School, but the Trojans rallied to win close decisions in each of the next three sets to claim a 3-1 win.
Platteview scored nine straight points in the first set and led by counts of 15-6 and 18-9 before the Pioneers went on an 11-1 run and ended up winning the set 27-25.
Nebraska City held a 6-1 lead at the start of the second set. The Trojans rallied to tie the set at 11-11 and take control with a few short runs, eventually leading 21-14 before closing the set at 25-17.
The Pioneers trailed 7-1 early in the third set, but rallied to take the lead at 15-14. Platteview ended up winning the set 25-20.
An early Pioneer advantage had the match aiming for a fifth set. Nebraska City led 5-1 and 10-5, but Platteview tied the set with a let-serve ace at 14-14.
The Trojans made some late set errors, but Nebraska City was unable to get its offense on a run to tie or take control of the set.
Platteview won the set 25-21, thus winning the match 3-1 and ending the Pioneers' season.
The Trojans were scheduled to play again on Tuesday against top seed Waverly with the winner advancing to a Thursday final, likely against Norris.
In news from the sub-district tournaments, the Lourdes volleyball team saw its season come to an end with a 3-1 loss to Pawnee City at Norris on Monday.
Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca, a highly rated team in Class C-1 wild card points, took care of first round opponent Falls City in a three-set sweep and is scheduled to play tonight at 7 p.m. against Auburn at Johnson-Brock High School, with the winner to advance to a district final, likely against Lincoln Christian.
S-D-A, which entered sub-district play with a 24-4 season record, suffered one of its regular season losses to Lincoln Christian.
In the event of a loss to Christian in the district final, the Rockets would be hoping to still make the state tournament field based on thier wild card points.