I’m sure you have heard the old saying, ” that’s why they play the game.”
That old saying is holding true again in this years state volleyball tournament and makes you understand being ranked means nothing other than prestige. After Saturday’s sectionals there are 16 teams left in the 2A tournament.
Out of the top 10 by ranking, only 5 are left. One of those 5 left is the #6 Southwood Lady Knights. As we all know #1 Muncie Burris fell to #2 Wapahani. The interesting thing is 4 of the top 5 teams in the state did not make it out of the sectional. #3 Eastern Bloomfield, #4 Tell City and #5 Centerville all fell.
If rankings did mean anything, Southwood is the second highest seed left and should be on a crash course with #2 Wapahani at the semi-state final game, but then again the prior information proves nothing is a lock.
Southwood plays Delphi Tuesday at Southwood for the regional title. If the Knights win, their first game of the semi-state at Bremen would be against the Prairie Heights/Ft. Wayne Luers winner. After winning that game the Lady Knights would face Wapahani for the semi-state title, that is if both teams are still there.
Wapahani has to face #7 Madison Grant in the regional. If they get by the Argylls, they would play the winner of the Wheeler/Rochester game in the first game of the semi-state before meeting Southwood.
The winner of this semi-state would face the winner of the southern bracket for the state championship. The top seed left in the south is #7 Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter.
So, while we all love to watch the rankings and be shocked when a higher seed falls, it should come as no surprise as volleyball’s version of ” hoosier hysteria” unfolds.
Southwood is seeking their fourth straight regional crown.