A closer look at the seven remaining local volleyball teams who will play Tuesday night in sectional semifinal matches, each one three wins away from reaching Redbird Arena — the site of the state tournament — courtesy sports editor Matt Daniels:
A look at where area teams fall in our rankings ahead of sectional action Tuesday:
RANK, SCHOOL REC. PREV. NOTE
1. St. Joseph-Ogden 27-3 1 Rubber match in sectional semis with STM decides season series.
Each Monday, prep sports coordinator Anthony Zilis will take a look at five area events to circle on the calendar:
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.
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.
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.
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:
Mattoon (27-9) vs. Champaign Central (18-17-1)
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.