County teams get sectional assignments


The IHSAA released the sectional pairings for the volleyball state tournament on Sunday night.

Medora, Crothersville and Trinity Lutheran will all stay close to home in their Class A sectional at Trinity Lutheran High School. Seymour will head south to Floyd Central for their Class 4A sectional while Brownstown Central gets a new arena in Owen Valley for their Class 3A sectional journey.

Here’s how the draw shook out for Jackson County teams:

It’s a mini Hoosier Hills Conference tournament at the home of the Highlanders with third-ranked Providence joining the fun.

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The Owls get league rival Jeffersonville in the second game of the sectional with the winner getting New Albany in the second semifinal.

According to Indiana Prep Volleyball, the Red Devils are ranked 51st in Class 4A while the Owls sit at 115th.

Seymour and Jeffersonville met at the start of September in Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium with the Owls sweeping the Red Devils 25-19, 25-23, 25-10.

Freshman Olivia Fish had 21 kills in 36 attempts in the previous matchup, but the Owls will be without her attacking prowess in the rematch. The Red Devils’ kill leader on September 9 was senior Hannah Thibideau, who had five.

Seymour has not won a volleyball sectional since 2012.

At Owen Valley, the Braves hope to end their six-year sectional drought in a new venue.

Brownstown Central, typically, had been in a sectional with Silver Creek and other southeastern Indiana teams, but has been moved due to sectional realignment.

The Class 3A No. 7 Braves will battle a West Vigo team in the opening round that has lost four straight.

BC has been perfect so far this season in Class 3A with their five losses coming only to teams a class above them. Two of those losses came to third-ranked Providence while the rest came to Bloomington South, Floyd Central and Roncalli.

The Braves will look to end the regular season with wins over Mid-Southern Conference rivals Scottsburg, Salem and North Harrison before heading to the Carmel Invite this Saturday.

They’ll get rematches with Bloomington South and Floyd Central at the meet. BC has played both teams twice already this season.

Hosting a sectional, the Class A top-ranked Cougars look to continue their sectional winning streak, but have larger goals on the horizon.

The Cougars are coming off a big win over Class A No. 3 Loogootee last week and are the clear-cut favorites to repeat as a sectional champion.

Crothersville gets the first crack at dethroning Trinity Lutheran.

The two teams met earlier this year with the Cougars allowing just 12 points en route to the win. A Cougar victory sets up another Jackson County clash with Medora in the semifinal.

Start dates and times will be set later in the week.

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