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2016 IESA Eighth Grade Volleyball State Tournaments Begin Saturday

For the tenth time in Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) history, four champions will be crowned in the Eighth Grade Girls State Volleyball Tournament series. Competition in the Class 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A State Final Tournaments begins at four sites on Saturday (March 19) and concludes Tuesday (March 22).

Class 1A will be played at New Berlin JHS. Class 2A will be played at Auburn High School. The Class 3A tournament will be played at Tolono Unity Junior High School and Rochester Junior High School will host Class 4A.

The time schedule for all four tournaments will be the same. Upper bracket quarterfinals and semifinals will be played Saturday morning and early Saturday afternoon. Lower bracket quarterfinals and semifinals will be played Saturday afternoon and early evening. The upper bracket quarterfinals are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The winners meet in the semifinal at 1:00 p.m. The lower bracket quarterfinals are scheduled for 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The winners meet in the semifinal at 5:15 p.m. Third place and championship matches will be played Tuesday with the third place match set for 5:30 p.m. and the championship match scheduled for 6:45 p.m.

Any changes in the playing status of each of the four tournaments will be posted on the IESA Website at www.iesa.org as each tournament progresses.

The price of admission Saturday is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors (62 and over) and students (K-8) and is good for all games Saturday. Children younger than kindergarten are admitted free. Fans attending the games Saturday will receive a wristband that is to be worn all day and will be used for entry into that respective state final site only throughout the day. It will not be honored at any other 7th grade state final site. The price of admission for the third place and championship game session Thursday will be $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for seniors and students (K-8). Children younger than kindergarten again are admitted free.

IESA Girls Volleyball began in 1976. There was one-class competition from 1976-84, and in 1985 the state series was divided into Class A and Class AA by school size. From 1989-2006, there were two classes state series for both seventh grade and eighth grade. Beginning in 2007, the seventh and eighth grade series were divided into four classes.

Complete pairings for each state final, plus the FanZone, can be found at www.iesa.org. Click on the Volleyball link at the top of the IESA Website Home Page.

Here is a look at each of the four 2016 Eighth Grade State Final Tournaments:

Class 1A @ New Berlin Jr. High School
Saturday, March 19
Match 1   10:00 a.m.   Pontiac St. Mary's (17-6) vs. Hartsburg-Emden (18-7)
Match 2   11:15 a.m.   Thornton Wolcott (14-1) vs. Augusta Southeastern (20-5)
Match 3   1:00 p.m.   Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2
Match 4   2:15 p.m.   Peoria Limestone Walters vs. Waverly (15-11)
Match 5   3:30 p.m.   Royal Prairieview Ogden (25-1) vs. Grayville (23-0)
Match 6   5:15 p.m.   Winner Match 4 vs. Winner Match 5
Tuesday, March 22
Match 7   5:30 p.m.   Loser Match 3 vs. Loser Match 6 (Third Place)
Match 8   6:45 p.m.   Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 6 (Championship)
Class 1A Notes--Three of the eight schools that have advanced to the 2016 8th grade finals participated in the 2015 7th grade finals. Those three schools are Peoria Limestone Walters; Royal Prairieview Ogden who finished 2nd last year as 7th graders and Grayville which finished 3rd last year. This is the 8th appearance in the 8th grade 1A finals for Hartsburg-Emden. All seven previous trips have resulted in championships for the Stags.

Class 2A @ Auburn High School
Saturday, March 19
Match 1   10:00 a.m.   Lewistown Central (25-0) vs. Princeville (17-8)
Match 2   11:15 a.m.   Raymond Lincolnwood (20-5) vs. Colchester West Prairie (13-11)
Match 3   1:00 p.m.   Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2
Match 4   2:15 p.m.   St. Anne (15-8) vs. Paris Crestwood (20-1)
Match 5   3:30 p.m.   Lexington (21-1) vs. Champaign Holy Cross (21-5)
Match 6   5:15 p.m.   Winner Match 4 vs. Winner Match 5
Tuesday, March 22
Match 7   5:30 p.m.   Loser Match 3 vs. Loser Match 6 (Third Place)
Match 8   6:45 p.m.   Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 6 (Championship)
Class 2A Notes--Five of the participating schools this year advanced to the finals last year as 7th graders. Lewistown Central captured 1st place honors in the 2015 7th grade tournament. Paris Crestwood lost to Lewistown Central last year in the championship match; Lexington won 3rd place last year; Raymond Lincolnwood also advanced as did St. Anne although St. Anne's appearance in the 2015 7th grade finals was in the Class 1A tournament. The class split this year bumped St. Anne to Class 2A.

Class 3A @ Tolono Unity JHS
Saturday, March 19
Match 1   10:00 a.m.   Mackinaw Dee-Mack (22-1) vs. Auburn JHS (16-7)
Match 2   11:15 a.m.   Beecher (20-4) vs. Glasford Illini Bluffs (25-0)
Match 3   1:00 p.m.   Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2
Match 4   2:15 p.m.   St. Joseph (20-1) vs. Paris Mayo (21-4)
Match 5   3:30 p.m.   Quincy St. Peter (20-1) vs. Eureka (19-6)
Match 6   5:15 p.m.   Winner Match 4 vs. Winner Match 5
Tuesday, March 22
Match 7   5:30 p.m.   Loser Match 3 vs. Loser Match 6 (Third Place)
Match 8   6:45 p.m.   Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 6 (Championship)
Class 3A Notes--Three of the eight competing teams participated in last year's 7th grade finals---Mackinaw Dee-Mack, Beecher, and St. Joseph. Mackinaw Dee-Mack placed 2nd last year in the 7th grade tournament while St. Joseph placed 3rd.

Class 4A @ Rochester JHS
Saturday, March 19
Match 1   10:00 a.m.   Bolingbrook Brooks (16-9) vs. Tolono Unity (19-5)
Match 2   11:15 a.m.   Bloomington JHS (21-4) vs. Frankfort Summit Hill (22-2)
Match 3   1:00 p.m.   Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2
Match 4   2:15 p.m.   Minooka (20-2) vs. Edwardsville Liberty (21-2)
Match 5   3:30 p.m.    Mt. Zion (23-1) vs. Flossmoor Parker (18-1)
Match 6   5:15 p.m.   Winner Match 4 vs. Winner Match 5
Tuesday, March 22
Match 7   5:30 p.m.   Loser Match 3 vs. Loser Match 6 (Third Place)
Match 8   6:45 p.m.   Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 6 (Championship)
Class 4A Notes--Two of the eight teams participated in last year's 7th grade Class 4A tournament---Mt. Zion and Edwardsville Liberty. Mt. Zion placed 3rd last year.

For more information, please contact IESA Assistant Executive Director and Volleyball Administrator Julie Cochran at julie@iesa.org.



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