Volleyball sectional preview

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Southridge volleyball’s Boo Polley, right, and Kenzie Young hope to share more high-fives tonight when the Raiders take on Evansville Mater Dei in sectional play.

Class 4A Evansville Harrison Sectional

Local participant: Jasper (23-10)

Today’s Quarterfinals
Match 1: Evansville Reitz vs. Evansville Central, 6:30 p.m.
Match 2: Evansville Harrison vs. Jasper, 8 p.m.

Saturday’s Semifinals
Match 3: Match 1 Winner vs. Match 2 Winner, 11:30 a.m.
Match 4: Castle vs. Evansville North, 1 p.m.

Saturday’s Championship
Match 5: Match 3 Winner vs. Match 4 Winner, 7:30 p.m.

Last year’s winner: Castle defeated Evansville North in three sets for the title. Jasper was not part of this sectional last season, previously hosting its own Class 3A event. The Wildcats defeated North Harrison in three sets to win that sectional’s 2016 championship.

Did you know: Jasper defeated both first-round foe Evansville Harrison and potential second-round opponent Evansville Central in the Jasper Invitational on Sept. 23, but fell to Castle, a possible championship enemy, in three sets during an Aug. 15 match.

From Jasper: “It’s kind of going to be a whole new situation for us, moving up to 4A. We’d be comfortable in our 3A sectional, knowing our opponents, and kind of had a feel with what was going on. We’ve also always had the home-court advantage, so now it’s a whole new thing going to Evansville Harrison. It’s going to be really different, but we’re up for the challenge. We’d love to maybe meet Castle in the title game.” — coach Liz Milligan


Class 3A Mount Vernon Sectional

Local participant: Heritage Hills (27-4)

Today’s Quarterfinals
Match 1: Boonville vs. Heritage Hills, 7 p.m.
Match 2: Evansville Memorial vs. Mount Vernon, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Semifinals
Match 3: Match 1 Winner vs. Match 2 Winner, noon
Match 4: Evansville Bosse vs. Gibson Southern, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Championship
Match 5: Match 3 Winner vs. Match 4 Winner, 8 p.m.

Last year’s winner: These six teams played in the Class 3A Boonville Sectional last year, with Memorial defeating Mount Vernon in three sets for the crown.

Did you know: The Patriots went 4-1 this season against the other teams in this sectional, picking up two-set tournament wins over Boonville and Mount Vernon in addition to three-set triumphs against Bosse and Gibson Southern. Memorial, ranked eighth in 3A, came out on top against Heritage Hills in a 2-1 regular-season tournament result.


Class 2A Tell City Sectional

Local participants: Southridge (7-19), Forest Park (6-18)

Tuesday’s First-Round Match
Match 1: South Spencer 3, Perry Central 1

Today’s Quarterfinals
Match 2: Evansville Mater Dei vs. Southridge, 6:30 p.m.
Match 3: Tell City vs. North Posey, following Match 2

Saturday’s Semifinals
Match 4: Forest Park vs. South Spencer, noon
Match 5: Match 2 Winner vs. Match 3 Winner, following Match 4

Saturday’s Championship
Match 6: Match 4 Winner vs. Match 5 Winner, 7 p.m.

Last year’s winner: These seven teams played in the Class 2A Forest Park Sectional last year, with Mater Dei collecting a three-set victory over Tell City in the title match.

Did you know: The Raiders’ only triumph this season against a team in its sectional came in a 3-2 win over South Spencer last month, with quarterfinal opponent Mater Dei the only sectional foe Southridge has not faced in 2017. The Rangers, benefitting from a bye to the semifinals, will look to avenge a five-set defeat against the Rebels back in August.

From Southridge: “I’m excited to play someone new, and not the same people that we’ve been playing. They’ve got a good team, they’ve got a couple tall girls. But ... the girls are excited. They felt like we had a really good practice (Wednesday). They’re ready to go in (today) and compete.” — coach Sarah Rogers


Class 1A Tecumseh Sectional

Local participant: Northeast Dubois (24-5)

Today’s Quarterfinal
Match 1: Northeast Dubois vs. Wood Memorial, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Semifinals
Match 2: Springs Valley vs. Cannelton, noon
Match 3: Tecumseh vs. Match 1 Winner, 1:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Championship
Match 4: Match 2 Winner vs. Match 3 Winner, 8 p.m.

Last year’s winner: These five teams played in the Class 1A Springs Valley Sectional last year, with Tecumseh posting a 3-1 win against Northeast Dubois to take the championship.

Did you know: Should the Jeeps get past Wood Memorial, as they did in a three-set sweep in August, they’ll seek revenge against a Braves group that dealt them a 3-2 defeat in August.

From Northeast Dubois: “Last night, I remembered back to last year’s sectional and that feeling that I had in the championship game when we lost. It would just feel so good to have a rematch and to hopefully let it go the other way, and to show this year we’ve worked our butts off, (that) we’ve worked hard in practice and the offseason, (that) we have strong senior leadership. To come out on top would just be outstanding.” — coach Kendra Kopatich

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