The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


October 14, 2013

Postseason Volleyball Preview — Geneva, Grand Valley, Riverside, Jefferson the top seeds in the area as spikers hit tourney trail


Division I

At Euclid, this tournament includes area schools Lakeside, Madison and Riverside among its 12-team field.

Two of those area teams — Lakeside and Riverside — will be in action tonight.

Coach Alyssa Hill’s 10th-seeded Dragons (2-20) will play ninth-seeded Brush in a sectional semifinal at 5 p.m.

Coach Brandy Thomas’ fourth-seeded Beavers (16-6) will square off against 12th-seeded Cleveland Heights in another first-round match at 6:30 p.m.

The Lakeside-Brush winner will move on to meet top-seeded Mentor in a sectional championship match Wednesday at 5.

The survivor of the Riverside-Cleveland Heights contest advances to meet sixth-seeded North (7-14) in a sectional final Wednesday at 6:30.

Coach Norm Potter’s seventh-seeded Madison Blue Streaks (11-11) have a first-round by and will play the winner of a first-round match between third-seeded Chardon and 11th-seeded Shaw in a sectional championship match Thursday at 5.

The bottom sectional in the bracket has fifth-seeded Mayfield meeting eighth-seeded Euclid in a sectional semifinal, with the winner moving on to meet second-seeded South in a sectional championship match.

The district semifinals will be played a week from Tuesday at 5 and 6:30, with the district title match being staged a week from Thursday at 6.

South is the defending district champion, having defeated PAC rival Riverside in the title match last fall.

The district champion moves on to regional play at Hudson.

Division III

At LaBrae, area squads Grand Valley and Pymatuning Valley are part of the 12-team field.

Coach Rob Wludyga’s ninth-seeded Lakers (13-9) will take on host LaBrae, the tournament’s seventh seed, in a sectional semifinal today at 7 p.m.

The winner will move on to play the fourth-seeded Mustangs (14-6) of coach Kelly Henson in a sectional championship match Wednesday at 7. These squads are all in the top half of the bracket, which includes No. 1 seed Gilmour Academy.

Also in this field are top-seeded second-seeded Cardinal, third-seeded Kirtland, fifth-seeded Hawken, sixth-seeded Brookfield, eighth-seeded Newton Falls, 10th-seeded Garfield, 11th-seeded Champion and 12th-seeded Berkshire.

The district semifinals will be played a week from tonight at 5:30 and 7, with the district championship match being held a week from Wednesday at 7 p.m.

It’s no surprise Gilmour Academy is the top seed here as the Lancers have won this district all five years since it moved to LaBrae from Berkshire in 2008. In fact, the Lancers also won this district the last two years it was held at Berkshire — in 2006 and 2007 — giving Gilmour seven consecutive district championships.

The last time a team other than Gilmour Academy won this tournament was back in 2005, when third-seeded Chagrin Falls upset top-seeded Berkshire on its home floor to win the title. Gilmour was felled in the district semifinals by Berkshire, representing the last time the Lancers did not win the district crown.

The district titleist will move to the Barberton regional tournament.

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