Sectional pairings announced for volleyball

From Herald Staff Reports

On Sunday evening, the IHSAA officially announced the volleyball sectional pairings that will begin the week of October 8 with sectional championships held on Saturday, October 13.

Here’s a brief rundown of who our area teams will face.

Jasper: The Wildcats will open up sectional play with a battle against Evansville Harrison — a team they defeated 3-0 in the opening round of sectional last season and also defeated 2-0 earlier this year at the Jasper Invitational.

If the Wildcats defeat the Warriors in the opening round, they’ll face Evansville Central in the semifinal — the Cats defeated the Bears 2-0 at the invite earlier this year and also knocked them out in the semifinal in last year’s sectional. The Cats could potentially matchup with Castle once again in the championship — they lost in five sets to the Knights earlier in this year and in last year’s title match.

Southridge: The Raiders will open up postseason play against South Spencer — the Rebels defeated Southridge recently, 3-1 (26-24, 20-25, 24-26, 19-25).

If the Raiders defeat the Rebels, they’ll meet Evansville Mater Dei in the semifinal. Last year, the Wildcats defeated Southridge 3-0 in the first round to eliminate the Raiders from the postseason.

Forest Park: The Rangers will open up their sectional season with a battle against Perry Central, a team Forest Park lost to earlier this year.

If the Rangers can get past the Commodores, they’ll face the winner of North Posey and Tell City in the semifinal. The Rangers beat the Vikings 3-2 in a thriller last week but fell 3-0 to Tell City earlier in the season.

Northeast Dubois: The Jeeps drew a tough matchup right out of the gate as they will battle the Tecumseh Braves in the opening round of the postseason. The Braves beat the Jeeps 3-1 earlier this year and they also defeated them 3-1 in the championship match in 2017.

A win against Tecumseh would secure a championship berth against either Springs Valley, Cannelton or Wood Memorial.

Heritage Hills: The defending Sectional 32 champion Patriots will have a tough route to get back to the championship as they’ll open up their postseason by facing Mount Vernon — a team they were defeated 2-0 by at an invitational earlier this season.

If the Pats get past the Cats, they’ll face Boonville in the semifinal. The Pioneers beat the Patriots 2-1 in their home tourney this year but Heritage Hills knocked them out of the sectional last season.

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