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Class 3A Galesburg Regional
Tonight:No. 4 Macomb vs. No. 2 Monmouth Roseville vs. No.
3A regional notes:At Sterling, the Kewanee Boilermakers (17 14 1) make their 3A postseason debut as they seek their first postseason hardware since winning Class A regional and sectional titles in 2001. Geneseo (7 24) has only won three postseason volleyball titles in its history, with the last coming in Class AA in 2003. At Galesburg, West Central North champion Monmouth Roseville is going for its first postseason crown since taking the 2A regional title in ’09. The Titans (21 8) are coming off back to back winning seasons for the first time in their history and ran the table in eight WCC North matches.
Up next:The Sterling and Galesburg champions face each other on Nov. in the second of two Chillicothe IVC Sectional semifinal matches.
Class 2A Sherrard Regional
Tonight: No. 4 Alleman vs. No. Tuesday:No. 1 Orion vs. 2 Rockridge vs. No.
Sherrard notes:Orion (31 3) looks to make it three straight regional titles and seven crowns in head coach Jack Wheeler’s 10 years at the helm. Bolstering the Three Rivers West champion Chargers’ bid is a strong front line led by the middle blocking duo of senior Katie Conway and junior Ashton Lee and strengthened by outside hitters Abby DeBaille (a senior) and Taylor McCunn (a junior), with junior setter Macy Hancock keeping things running smoothly. Led by senior middle hitter Alayna McCalley, Rockridge (19 11) seeks its first hardware since winning two regional titles in a three year span from 2006 08, while the Chelsey Crippen led Sherrard Tigers (16 17) look for their first regional crown since 2010, having lost in the last three regional final matches, including back to back losses to Orion the last two seasons. Alleman (6 19) and Mercer County begin pursuit of their first postseason trophies this evening.
Class 2A Abingdon Avon Regional
Tonight:No. 4 Knoxville vs. No. 3 Biggsville West Central vs. No. 1 United vs. 2 Farmington vs.
Abingdon Avon notes:United looks to give head coach Carrie Boone her third regional title in her four years at the helm after the Red Storm lost in the regional semifinals last fall. Key to United’s continued success this year has been the emergence of several younger players, including the junior nucleus of middle hitters Lauren Sperry and Addy McKee and sophomore setters Mallory Flynn and Claire Wynne.
Up next:The Sherrard and Abingdon Avon champions advance to the Orion Sectional, with the Abingdon Avon Regional winner taking on the Peru St. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, followed at 6:30 by the matchup between the Sherrard and Eureka winners.
Class 2A Bureau Valley Regional
Tonight: No. 4 Morrison vs. No. 1 Bureau Valley vs. 2 Riverdale vs. No.
Bureau Valley notes:Tonight’s opening rounder marks the third meeting this year between Three Rivers West rivals Morrison (15 15) and Prophetstown (9 17), with the Fillies having taken two from the Lady Prophets, although Prophetstown junior middle blocker Claire Milnes gives her team a shot at redemption. Regional finalists last fall, the Lady Prophets are seeking their first postseason crown since 1982, while Morrison’s last title came in 1998. Looking for their first postseason hardware since taking third at the 2A state tournament in 2012,
the Riverdale Rams have been picking up their play over the second half of the season, and look to spoil the top seeded regional hosts’ bid for their first regional championship since 2006. BV is coming off a 12 0 title run in the Three Rivers Conference’s East Division.
Class 2A Forreston Regional
Tonight: No. 4 Forreston vs. No. 3 Fulton vs. No. 1 Dakota vs. 2 Lena Winslow vs.
Forreston notes:After last year’s postseason run, in which Fulton took a sub .500 record into regional play but advanced all the way to the Elite Eight, the Steamers hope to begin an encore performance tonight for head coach Stacy Germann, who has won over 450 matches in a 20 year career at Fulton. Key to the Steamers’ hopes is the play of senior all around standout Chelsea Lesniewski and the junior duo of middle blocker Betsy Leonard and setter/outside hitter Camerin Huizenga.
Up next:The Bureau Valley and Forreston winners advance to the Pecatonica Sectional semifinals on Tuesday, Nov.
Class 1A ROWVA Regional
Tonight: No. 4 ROWVA vs. No. 1 Wethersfield vs. 2 Annawan vs. No.
ROWVA notes:After running the table in nine Lincoln Trail Conference matches, the Wethersfield Lady Geese (30 3) now turn their attention to the quest for a third straight regional championship behind the senior front line nucleus of middle blockers Karissa Roman and Kayli Smith. The emergence of sophomore setter Sam Culver, filling the shoes of graduated All LTC standout Kristen Parsons, has also been key. However, Annawan’s Bravettes (21 8) hope to get another shot at their Illinois 78 rivals after finishing with an 8 1 LTC mark, their only loss a two set decision at Wethersfield. Senior setter Rachael Peterson has done a solid job spreading the wealth among Annawan’s junior dominated front line of Kayla DeMay, Taylor Miller and Taylor Shaw. Among the opening matchups, Ridgewood defeated ROWVA in league play, while Annawan topped Galva, both being straight set matches.
Up next:The ROWVA Regional winner advances to the Peoria Heights Sectional to take on the Augusta Southeastern Regional champion on Tuesday, Nov.
Class 1A Amboy Regional
Amboy notes:Erie (23 7 3) takes aim at a third straight regional title after finishing second to Orion in a rugged Three Rivers West Division race. Having lost only two seniors from last year’s squad, the Cardinals appear in good shape to add to their title string behind the nucleus of senior setter Mary Chapman,
senior middle blocker Savannah Mettler and junior hitters Rachel Cobert and Peyton Rus.