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Local volleyball sectionals get underway tonight

By B.J. Hargis

The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced pairings for the 47th annual volleyball state tournament will begin locally tonight at the Class A Clay City Sectional.
North Central (8-20) will take on Eminence (1-11) in the opening match at 6 p.m. The second contest will be White River Valley vs. the host Lady Eels.
On Saturday, Bloomfield will take on the North Central-Eminence winner at 11 a.m. to be followed by Shakamak against the WRV-Clay City survivor.
The championship contest will be at 7 p.m. Saturday.
“We feel good about the draw,” said first-year North Central coach Heather McCoskey. “But we don’t feel good about the way we have been playing.”
North Central has lost four in a row and 9 of its last 10 matches, including falling in three sets at Riverton Parke on Monday.
“We have been struggling,” said McCoskey. “We have struggled some with our serving, but also we have struggled with serve receive.”
Malee McCoskey, Zoe Lowrance, Amber May, Chantell Bender,  Brinley Stone, Desi Norman, Morgan Manning and Beverly Nichols have been in the rotation for the Ladybirds, who defeated Eminence in four sets back in August.
At the Class 3A Pike Central Sectional, which features five teams, Princeton will take on Vincennes Lincoln in the lone match at 7 p.m. Thursday.
On Saturday, Sullivan (17-15) will meet the host Lady Chargers (11-18) in the first semifinal at 11 a.m. The Lady Arrows are the defending sectional champs.
That will be followed by Washington against the Princeton-Lincoln winner on Saturday.
The championship contest is set for 7 p.m. Saturday.
The Lady Arrows had to finish the regular season without top hitter Asia Povlin, who has been suffering with a hip injury. Her status is unknown for the sectional.
Coach Kim Rinck is in her first season of coaching the SHS varsity.
She has had to shift her rotation without Povlin as Delainey Shorter and Gracie Shorter have been playing in varsity rotations.
Setter Madalyn Rinck still runs the 5-1 offense while Emma Royer keys the defense.
Korinne Gofourth, Whitnee Newby, Kendal Edmondson, Sydnee Hester, Debra Smith and Madi Followell also have been been part of the Sullivan rotation of late.
Single-session sectional tickets are $6 or $10 for a season pass.
The sectional champions will advance to a four-team regional on Oct. 20 to be followed by a single semi-state round on Oct. 27.  The four state championship matches at Ball State University’s Worthen Arena are scheduled for Nov. 3.

Class 3A
Pike Central Sectional 31
M1: Princeton Community vs. Vincennes Lincoln, 7 p.m.
M2: Pike Central vs. Sullivan, 11 a.m.
M3: Washington vs. M1 winner, 12:45 p.m.
Championship: M2 winner vs. M3 winner, 7 p.m.
Class A
Clay City Sectional 57
M1: Eminence vs. North Central, 6 p.m.
M2: White River Valley vs. Clay City, 7:45 p.m.
M3: Bloomfield vs. M1 winner, 11 a.m.
M4: Shakamak vs. M2 winner, 12:45 p.m.
Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner, 7 p.m.

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