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Volleyball playoffs kick off

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Lady M-Men make Regionals; River done; JF poised

By Mike Forster

The volleyball postseason got off to a rousing start Monday evening.

Liberty picked up a big win over Brookville, while Staunton River saw its season come to an early end, courtesy of William Byrd.

While JF was idle, due to its Seminole District regular season championship, the rest of the district jumped into the fray.

The Lady Minutemen provided the shocker of the opening night, topping the Bees in five games:  22-25, 25-21, 19-25, 29-27, 15-10.

It was the only non-sweep of the opening round.  Second-seeded E.C. Glass took Heritage, 3-0, while #3 Rustburg did the same to Amherst.

Brookville was the #4 seed and was widely expected to take Liberty, a team that took its lumps at the start of the season.

The Seminole tourney is hosted by Liberty and the Blue Ridge is held at Northside.

Semifinal games will have taken place on Tuesday (after press time) and finals will be held on Thursday evening.

Those semis will have pitted Liberty against undefeated Jefferson Forest and Rustburg against E.C. Glass.

The district champions will be crowned on Thursday.

That Liberty is in the running is rather remarkable.  

The team had been regarded as one of the weaker teams in the district until the last couple of weeks.

Against Brookville, Kasey Bond led the way, as she so often has this season.

The smashin’ senior had 11 kills and a pair of blocks.  She showed her versatility by adding five aces and 17 digs.

Callie Glover had nine kills, remarkable for a libero.  She also had 21 digs and five aces off of her jump-serve.

KiKi Jones dished out 33 assists, while Stacy Campbell added seven kills and five digs.

Regional info

Northside will play host to the Region III playoffs.

The first rounds, however, will be played on the home courts of the higher seeded teams.

Those first-round games will take place on Monday, Nov. 8.

The four regular-season district champions, including Jefferson Forest and Northside, receive a first-round bye.

Quarterfinals will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the higher-seeded school.

Semifinals are Thursday, and finals are Saturday.  Those matches will be held at Northside (in the big gym).

All tickets are $5 for single games and $7 for multiple games (such as the semifinals).

All play will be best three out of five games.

Jefferson Forest’s first match will be a quarterfinal tilt against the winner of the Massanutten #2 and Southern Valley #3 opener.

That match will take place Tuesday evening at JF.

Should the Lady Cavs win that one, they’re off to the Semifinals on Thursday, where they could face Northside, should the Lady Vikes beat the winner of the Seminole #4 - Southern Valley #2 opener.

Liberty’s first round in the Regional will be determined by how it does during the rest of the Seminole tourney.

If the Lady Minutemen finish in second, they’ll open at home against Blue Ridge #3.

Should Liberty wind up third in the district, it will head to Blue Ridge #2 (probably Lord Botetourt).

If the team finishes fourth, it heads to Southern Valley #2 (all that is known is that it’ll be  a long bus ride).

Staunton River closed out

The Lady Eagles hosted William Byrd in the Blue Ridge play-in game.

Each team had finished the season 1-7, the only wins coming against one another.

With the chance to play top-seeded Northside on the line, the Lady Eagles faltered.  Byrd took it:  25-21, 12-25, 25-20, 25-20.

Abigail Moran was strong up front, knocking back 23 kills.  Jewel McRoy fed 23 assists and Addie Tuck added seven kills.

But it wasn’t enough, as the Eagles closed out a 4-16 (overall) season.