JAY DAVIS: Volleyball postseason starts Tuesday night
Maybe that little winter teaser we got Monday night was just Mother Nature’s way of announcing that it’s time for postseason football and volleyball in our neck of the woods.
By the time the Tribune comes out next Wednesday, football will have played two rounds with the semifinals coming next. Volleyball will have its regions in Class A and districts in Class B underway.
With the football regular season ending on Thursday and the playoffs starting on Tuesday, I am never afforded the opportunity to preview the first round action. Volleyball is close enough to settled, so here is what and where things will be happening come Tuesday.
Let’s start in Class A where districts are no more. The Lady Tigers and the rest of Region 6A start play on Tuesday with games at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium and in Chamberlain. The higher seeds get home court advantage until the championship, which will be played on a neutral court in Ft. Pierre. The way things look, the Lady Tigers will be hosting Crow Creek on Tuesday, while Cheyenne-Eagle Butte will be playing in Chamberlain. Number one seed Winner and number two seed Miller have byes. That means the Lady Tigers will have to play in Miller on Thursday (yes, I’m jumping the gun). The winner of the Chamberlain vs. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte match will have to play in Winner.
Making a fifth straight trip to state will require the best volleyball the Lady Tigers have played all season. To beat 19-8 Miller they will have to get past a team that has swept them 2-0 twice this season. In those four sets, the Lady Tigers have scored more than 20 just once. If they can get past the Rustlers, third-ranked Winner (22-3) will be a super-tough team to beat.
Remember this is a young Lady Tiger squad with just two seniors, but it is a team full of young ladies who have been through and seen what it takes to get through the post season. Do not be surprised if the Lady Tigers are a formidable foe the rest of the way.
In the area Class B district, Herreid-Selby Area and Timber Lake are both vying to make return trips to state. Timber Lake played in its first-ever state tourney last year. Herreid-Selby Area has been to two straight.
Timber Lake is the number one seed in District 15B and the overwhelming favorite. The Lady Panthers at 21-7 are the only team in the district with a winning record. The Lady Midgets of McLaughlin are 11-11 and seeded second. Not everything is settled yet, but it looks like four seed Dupree and five seed Tiospaye Topa will open the proceedings with the winner stepping in against Timber Lake in the semifinals. The Lady Midgets and McIntosh will play the other semifinal game. The District 15B tournament will be played in McIntosh on Tuesday and Thursday.
Should Timber Lake earn the 15B title, archrivals Lemmon and Harding County are the top seeds in 16B with Harding County the favorite.
Like the Lady Tigers, it will take plenty of top-notch play for the Wolverines to make a return trip to state. The Wolverines are seeded third in District 3B. Potter County is seeded first and Faulkton Area is seeded second. The Wolverines will host Edmunds Central on Tuesday. A win there and it is off to Faulkton for semifinal action. The 3B tournament is played on the higher seed’s court throughout. The championship match is set for next Friday. The winner of the 3B title will have to play for the region title on the home court of the District 4B team. Sully Buttes is the top dog there with Highmore-Harrold seeded second.