WAPAHANI—The king is dead...at least for this year in Indiana high school volleyball.
Long-time spike power Muncie Burris, the winner of 14 consecutive state championships in class 2A was ousted in the opening game of the 40th annual IHSAA sectional at Wapahani Thursday night by the host team in a four-game series, 25-18, 25-21, 20-25, 25-16.
The loss for Muncie Burris stopped a streak of 95 straight tournament victories, stretching back to 1996. Burris ended its regular season play with a 31-3 slate while Wapahani is 25-6.
Burris has raked in 22 overall state titles since 1982, almost two and a half times more championships than any other school in Indiana volleyball history. Michigan City Marquette, a class 1A team, is second on the all-time list with nine.
Thursday night's game featured the top two ranked teams in class 2A right out of the chute in tourney play with the Owls being ranked first and the Raiders, a long-time volleyball power in their own right, were second.
Defending class 3A state champion Bellmont administered one of the six Raider losses this year, that coming just last Saturday in the Bellmont Quad. One of the five BHS setbacks this year, however, came at the hands of the Owls in the Warsaw Invitational.
Wapahani is considered a prohibitive favorite to win its sectional now without the Owls standing in their path. Winchester topped Lapel in the other game there Thursday while Shenandoah and Frankton drew into Saturday's bye game.
Class 3A action of area teams of interest results in no upsets Thursday.
Sectional 24 at Muncie Central features three of the state's top 10 ranked teams and two of the ranked teams barely broke a sweat in taking easy straight set wins.
Delta whipped on Blackford to the tune of 25-9, 25-8, 25-9 while number one ranked Yorktown (which beat Bellmont in its own Invitational back in the first week of the season) easily handled Hamilton Heights 25-7, 25-6, 25-8. Delta is seeded eighth this week in 3A.
The bye game of sectional 24 on Saturday features number six Muncie Central against Muncie South, in a match that will likely have a similar score to those posted Thursday night.
The winner of the Muncie Central tournament will play the winner of the Norwell sectional in the regional. Whichever team wins at Norwell will host the one-game regional against the Muncie Central victor.
Results at Norwell Thursday night found Norwell rallying for a 16-25, 25-19, 25-10, 25-18 victory over Mississinewa while Eastbrook topped Whitko 25-8, 25-13, 25-16. Defending champion Bellmont plays Heritage on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. after Norwell and Eastbrook open the gym at 11 a.m. The championship at Norwell is at 4 p.m.
In another area game, seventh-ranked Concordia (class 3A) topped Woodlan (Cadet coach Trish Miller formerly coached at Woodlan and led the Warriors to a state finals appearance several years ago) to advance in tournament play. The Cadets are 1-1 in games against Bellmont this year.