Volleyball

Volleyball

SJ-O, STM vie for sectional title

BISMARCK — These two just can't avoid one another.

For the third straight year, St. Joseph-Ogden and St. Thomas More will meet in the IHSA volleyball postseason. But for the first time in that stretch, it'll be for a sectional championship.

Knights roll past Trojans

FARMER CITY — The beat goes on for Evan Miles and company.

The Blue Ridge volleyball coach guided his team to a sixth consecutive regional championship Thursday. And on their home floor four days later, the Knights scored the final five points in a 25-17, 25-22 Class 1A sectional semifinal victory over Armstrong-Potomac.

N-G volleyball Top 10: Oct. 29, 2018

There are only six area teams still kicking in the IHSA postseason scene. Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS ranks the field:

RK., TEAM, REC (PREV.)

1. St. Joseph-Ogden, 29-3 (1)

Spartans breezed through own Class 2A regional, take on Fieldcrest in a sectional semifinal with STM possibly looming.

ALAH vs. St. Joseph-Ogden regional volleyball final highlights

Video highlights from a Class 2A regional volleyball final between Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond and St. Joseph-Ogden on Oct. 25, 2018, with postmatch reaction from Spartans coach Abby McDonald and athlete Emory Ericksen, and Knights coach Emily Crossman.

Game of the Week: Central tops Unity for Regional Crown

Check out highlights from Champaign Central's third straight regional title, in which Unity put up a fight by winning the first set.

Maroons claim third straight regional title

TOLONO — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us" blared at the Rocket Center during a late third set timeout in Thursday night's Class 3A regional championship match between Champaign Central and Unity.

Sabers keep on winning

TUSCOLA — St. Thomas More volleyball won its third straight regional title on Thursday night.

The defending Class 2A state champions swept host Tuscola 25-18, 25-23 in the Sabers' 11th straight victory.

The second-seeded Sabers (33-4) advanced to next Monday's Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin Sectional semifinal match at 6:30 p.m. against El Paso-Gridley (25-8).

Trojans have reason to celebrate

DANVILLE — The final song to play on the loud speakers prior to the Class 1A Schlarman Regional championship match Thursday night could not have been more fitting.

As Foreigner's "Feels Like the First Time" blared out just prior to a clash between Armstrong-Potomac and Heritage, it caught the attention of A-P coach Candy Franzen.

HS Volleyball: 3A Regional Final

Champaign Central vs. Unity in the 3A Regional final volleyball game at the Rocket Center in Tolono on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2018. Central won 2-1.

Area volleyball teams are serving notice

Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS breaks down the nine volleyball regional title matches featuring area programs that take place tonight across the state:

Class 3A Unity Regional

(2) Champaign Central (27-8) vs. (3) Unity (28-8), 6 p.m.

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