Volleyball Preview: Ready for another set [UPDATED]Published 10:04am Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Updated 10:07am Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The volleyball regular season has wrapped up with several area teams receiving top billing in the playoffs in their respective sections.
The highly touted Fergus Falls Otters received the number two seed in the Section 8AA South Division with the Perham Yellowjackets taking the top spot. The Otters will host the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines, while the Yellowjackets will host Heart O’Lakes Conference rival Pelican Rapids, both at 7 p.m. Thursday.
In Section 6A, the Henning Hornets will get a bye in the first round as it laid claim to the top spot in the South. The Hornets will play the winner of the eighth seed Parkers Prairie Panthers and the ninth seed Ashby Arrows. Although they are seeded lower, the Arrows claim two victories in the teams two meetings this season.
The Underwood girls finished the season with a 14-14 record and were rewarded with the sixth seed, hosting the Hancock Owls with the winner advancing to take on Wheaton/Herman-Norcross Friday.
The West Central Area Knights, receiving the third seed, will get a bye in the opening round as it waits for the winner of the sixth seeded Battle Lake Battlers against the visiting Ortonville Trojans at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Although they did not receive a bye, the fifth seeded Brandon-Evansville Chargers will get an extra day to prepare as it travels to take on fourth seed Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley.
In the Northern half of the bracket, the Hillcrest Comets will have to make the long drive North to take on Fertile-Beltrami in a eleven versus sixth seed Thursday. The Comets were winless during the season, but hope to wipe the slate clean in playoff action.
The seventh seeded Rothsay Tigers were unable to make it to a first round bye, but a home playoff match up against the winless Waubun Bombers should allow the Tigers to move to the second round against second seed New York Mills.
First round volleyball action begins Thursday.