Diller-Odell Takes Nebraska D-2 State Volleyball Championship Saturday


In comeback fashion, the Diller-Odell Lady Griffins took Chambers/Wheeler Central in five sets Saturday to claim the D2 State Volleyball Championship, repeating a D1 title finish a year ago. Diller-Odell was up two sets, before Chambers/Wheeler Central set them back the next two. Trailing early in the final set, Diller-Odell came from behind to claim the championship.

Diller-Odell defeated Falls City Sacred Heart 25-14, 25-16, 25-19 Friday in a Class D-2 semifinal of the state volleyball tournament. The 32-1 Griffins moved on to play for the title at 9 a.m. Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. They won the Class D-1 championship in 2019 before shifting to D-2.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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.

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