Kansas Volleyball Association Preseason Rankings Released

Photo Courtesy of Dusty Deines

August 28, 2019, Topeka, KS — The Kansas Volleyball Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Pre-Season Volleyball Rankings. Current classifications for the rankings are based on enrollments from 2018-19 and the rankings will be adjusted when the updated classifications are released at the end of September.

Rank – School

Class 6A

  1. Blue Valley
  2. Olathe Northwest
  3. Gardner-Edgerton
  4. Lawrence-Free State
  5. Blue Valley West
  6. Mill Valley
  7. Blue Valley North
  8. Shawnee Mission Northwest
  9. Garden City
  10. Washburn Rural

Class 5A

  1. St. Thomas Aquinas
  2. Lansing
  3. St. James Academy
  4. Topeka-Seaman
  5. Bishop Carroll
  6. Bonner Springs
  7. Andover
  8. Spring Hill
  9. Goddard
  10. Blue Valley Southwest

Class 4A

  1. Bishop Miege
  2. Andale
  3. Topeka-Hayden
  4. Louisburg
  5. Wichita-Trinity Academy
  6. Independence
  7. Nickerson
  8. Ulysses
  9. Abilene
  10. Circle

Class 3A

  1. Silver Lake
  2. Royal Valley
  3. Beloit
  4. Hesston
  5. Belle Plaine
  6. Frontenac
  7. Holton
  8. West Franklin
  9. Concordia
  10. Nemaha Central

Class 2A

  1. Wabaunsee
  2. Smith Center
  3. Sedgwick
  4. Garden Plain
  5. St. Mary’s-Colgan
  6. Valley Heights
  7. Jefferson County North
  8. Ellinwood
  9. Maranatha Christian
  10. Trego Community

Class 1A

  1. Centralia
  2. Spearville
  3. Moundridge
  4. Little River
  5. Chetopa
  6. Central-Burden
  7. Rural Vista
  8. Thunder Ridge
  9. Otis-Bison
  10. Beloit-St. John’s/Tipton
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.