Prep preview, week of Oct. 31

Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar:

Zilis: IHSA should rethink volleyball scheduling

If St. Joseph-Ogden, St. Thomas More, Champaign Central or another area volleyball team qualifies for next Saturday’s super-sectional round in the IHSA postseason, it’ll be one of the bigger stories of the area fall sports season.

And, unfortunately, most media organizations will scramble to provide coverage.

SJ-O, Schlarman lead volleyball winners

HOOPESTON ­— The senior class at St. Joseph-Ogden never has experienced what it’s like to not win a Class 2A regional title. They won’t find out, either.

The Spartans cruised to a 25-16, 25-12 win against Salt Fork on Thursday night, securing the program’s fourth consecutive trip to the sectional semifinals.

Maroons advance to sectionals

MAHOMET — It’s a common cliché, but for Champaign Central volleyball coach Manny Rodriguez, it’s more than a platitude.

He truly and actively doesn’t want his team to worry about the opposition across the net. Sure, he wants his Maroons to adjust to their foe, but he doesn’t want them to know that’s what they’re doing.

HS Volleyball: Champaign Central vs. Mattoon

Champaign Central wins the Class 3A Regional Championship against Mattoon at Mahomet-Seymour High School in Mahomet on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. 

Regional title time tonight for area volleyball teams

Title time
Regional championship matches will happen across the state starting at 6 tonight, with 13 area volleyball teams still playing. Here’s a closer look, courtesy staff writer SCOTT RICHEY:

Class 3A
Mattoon (27-9) vs. Champaign Central (18-17-1)

Parkland soccer teams on roll

CHAMPAIGN — Three more wins and the Parkland women’s soccer team gets to beat the unpredictable mid-November of East Central Illinois for a trip to Florida.

Getting away from the cold, however, only happens if the Cobras can continue their successful season once postseason play begins.

Area prep volleyball leaders (Week of Oct. 24)

(Minimum 2.00 average)
Player, School    Kills    Avg.

Emily Duis, Milford    317    5.37
Kylie Michael, SJ-O    279    5.37
Katie Kidwell, Watseka    326    4.23

Tuesday's postseason volleyball roundup

MAHOMET — Rachel Hurt had six kills, Brittany Anglin had 15 assists, Maranda Day had 11 digs and Taya Westfield had three blocks for Champaign Central in its 25-19, 25-19 sweep against Urbana in the Class 3A Mahomet-Seymour Regional semifinals. Kaylyn Johnston paced the Tigers with 18 assists.

On campus: Catching up with area standouts

■ Junior Gabi Rajic, from Urbana, swam the anchor leg for the record-setting Indiana 200-yard medley relay at the Hoosiers’ season opener against Texas and Florida. The unit’s mark of 1 minute, 55.72 seconds was more than a second faster than the previous record set last season.