Volleyball pairings announced Monday
Rachel Salerno of Bellmont lets a serve rip. The Squaws play Columbia City in the sectional opener next week. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
IHSAA RELEASE— A day after the football pairings were announced, the Indiana High School Athletic Association released the match-ups for girls volleyball amongst 402 entrants around the state.
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The tournament will begin on Tuesday, October 22 and run through Saturday at 64 different sites and four classes.
Highlighting Adams County this year are two returning sectional champions in Bellmont and Adams Central. The Squaws are seeking their ninth straight sectional title, while the Lady Jets are looking for a repeat performance of last season where they won regional before dropping a match at semi-state.
Bellmont also is among the top teams in Indiana for all-time sectional titles with a total of 29, which is tied with Carmel for fourth most in the state. Only Jasper (34), Castle (31), and Evansville Mater Dei (30) have more titles than the Squaws in school history.
After some reclassifications around the state, Bellmont finds themselves amongst a few newcomers in their sectional (#23) including Columbia City whom the Squaws have drawn for their opening round match. In the other first round set, Norwell will take on Eastbrook.
Nabbing the bye game was host school Heritage against Mississinewa with the winner earning a place in the championship game. The Squaws are heavily favored in the sectional.
As for the other two county schools, Woodlan will be the location for sectional 36 where the opening match has the feel of the championship.
There are seven teams in the sectional and the Lady Jets have drawn the host Warriors in game one in a match-up of the two favorite teams in the field. Canterbury, new to 2A this season, will face the winner, while the other four teams are on the other side of the bracket.
South Adams has a favorable draw against Churubusco, while Eastside and Bluffton vie for the right to play the winner in the semi-finals.
Central is 10th in class 2A according to the coaches poll on Sunday, while the Bellmont Squaws are third in 3A just behind Delta and Mishawaka Marian. Looming in eighth place in the state for 3A is Fort Wayne Concordia a potential regional opponent for the Squaws who have split 1-1 with the Cadets this year.