Kansas Volleyball Association Preseason Rankings Released


August 27, 2021, Topeka, KS — The Kansas Volleyball Association is pleased to announce the 2021 Pre-Season Volleyball Rankings. Current classifications for the rankings are based on enrollments from the 2020-21 school year, and the rankings will be adjusted when the updated classifications are released at the end of September.

Rank – School

Class 6A
1. Blue Valley West
2. Olathe Northwest
3. Washburn Rural
4. Blue Valley North
5. Lawrence-Free State
6. Blue Valley Northwest
7. Blue Valley
8. Shawnee Mission Northwest
9. Wichita Northwest
10. Wichita East

Class 5A
1. St. Thomas Aquinas
2. St. James Academy
3. Lansing
4. Spring Hill
5. Maize South
6. Mill Valley
7. Bishop Carroll
8. Newton
9. Great Bend
10. Topeka-Seaman

Class 4A
1. Bishop Miege
2. Andale
3. McPherson
4. Ottawa
5. Circle
6. Louisburg
7. Clearwater
8. Clay Center
9. Nickerson
10. Wamego

Class 3A
1. Smoky Valley
2. Cheney
3. Thomas More Prep-Marian
4. Sabetha
5. Nemaha Central
6. Phillipsburg
7. West Franklin
8. Riverton
9. Goodland
10. Silver Lake

Class 2A
1. Heritage Christian
2. Smith Center
3. Garden Plain
4. Wabaunsee
5. Jefferson County North
6. Sedgwick
7. Meade/Fowler
8. Hillsboro
9. St. Mary’s-Colgan
10. Spearville

Class 1A – Division 1
1. Central Plains
2. Lebo
3. Pretty Prairie
4. St. John-Hudson
5. Little River
6. Jackson Heights
7. Victoria
8. Burlingame
9. Kiowa County
10. Thunder Ridge

Class 1A – Division 2
1. Hanover
2. Attica
3. Central Christian
4. Golden Plains
5. St. Francis
6. Wheatland-Grinnell
7. Linn
8. Dighton
9. South Central
10. Beloit-St. John’s/Tipton

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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