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2017 IESA Eighth Grade Volleyball State Tournaments Begin Saturday

For the 11th 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 18) and concludes Tuesday (March 21).

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 the Class 4A tournament will be held at Mt. Zion High School.

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 8th 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. Results will be posted on the IESA website throughout the day on Saturday and Tuesday.

Here is a look at each of the four 2017 Eighth Grade State Final Tournaments:

Class 1A @ New Berlin Jr. High School
Saturday, March 18
Match 1   10:00 a.m.   Pontiac St. Mary's (21-3) vs. Grayville (20-0)
Match 2   11:15 a.m.   Cissna Park (22-2) vs. Greenfield (14-10)
Match 3   1:00 p.m.   Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2
Match 4   2:15 p.m.   Jacksonville Our Saviour (23-0) vs. Royal Prairieview Ogden (20-5)
Match 5   3:30 p.m.   Hartsburg-Emden (25-0) vs. Bartonville Monroe (17-7)
Match 6   5:15 p.m.   Winner Match 4 vs. Winner Match 5
Tuesday, March 21
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 2017 8th grade finals participated in the 2016 7th grade finals. Those three schools are Pontiac St. Mary's; Grayville, who finished 3rd last year as 7th graders; and Hartsburg-Emden, which won the 7th grade Class 1A tournament in 2016. This is the 9th appearance in the 8th grade 1A finals for Hartsburg-Emden. All eight previous trips have resulted in championships for the Stags and they will be going for their sixth consecutive 1A title.
 
Class 2A @ Auburn High School
Saturday, March 18
Match 1   10:00 a.m.   Raymond Lincolnwood (25-0) vs. Lewistown Central (23-2)
Match 2   11:15 a.m.   Elwood (15-6) vs. Springfield Christ the King (20-1)
Match 3   1:00 p.m.   Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2
Match 4   2:15 p.m.   Paris Crestwood (21-0) vs. Bloomington Corpus Christi (16-6)
Match 5   3:30 p.m.   Glasford Illini Bluffs (22-2) vs. Roanoke-Benson (24-0)
Match 6   5:15 p.m.   Winner Match 4 vs. Winner Match 5
Tuesday, March 21
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. Raymond Lincolnwood captured 1st place honors in the 2016 7th grade tournament defeating Roanoke-Benson. R-B has also advanced this year and if both schools win their quarterfinal and semi-final matches, it will set up a re-match of last year's 7th grade title match. Paris Crestwood captured 3rd place honors last year as 7th graders; while Springfield Christ the King and Elwood participated in last year's 7th grade tournament and will be looking to place this year as 8th graders.
 
Class 3A @ Tolono Unity JHS
Saturday, March 18
Match 1   10:00 a.m.   Morris Saratoga (22-2) vs. Pana JHS (21-4)
Match 2   11:15 a.m.   Herscher Limestone (21-4) vs. Mackinaw Dee-Mack (19-7)
Match 3   1:00 p.m.   Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2
Match 4   2:15 p.m.   Tolono Unity (18-2) vs. Quincy St. Peter (23-1)
Match 5   3:30 p.m.   Germantown Hills (17-8) vs. Shelbyville Moulton (23-2)
Match 6   5:15 p.m.   Winner Match 4 vs. Winner Match 5
Tuesday, March 21
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--None of the four schools that placed in last year's 7th grade finals advanced to the 8th grade finals this year. Only two schools, Pana JHS and Mackinaw Dee-Mack, are participating in the tournament this year after playing in the 7th grade finals a year ago.
 
Class 4A @ Mt. Zion High School
Saturday, March 18
Match 1   10:00 a.m.   Morton JHS (21-4) vs. Channahon (22-2)
Match 2   11:15 a.m.   Jerseyville Illini (23-2) vs. Mt. Zion (22-2)
Match 3   1:00 p.m.   Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2
Match 4   2:15 p.m.   Charleston (17-3) vs. Frankfort Hickory Creek (23-0)
Match 5   3:30 p.m.   Bolingbrook Brooks (14-8) vs. Flossmoor Parker (17-5)
Match 6   5:15 p.m.   Winner Match 4 vs. Winner Match 5
Tuesday, March 21
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--Three of the eight teams participated in last year's 7th grade Class 4A tournament---Bolingbrook Brooks, Flossmoor Parker, and Mt. Zion. Brooks and Parker square off in the last quarterfinal match of the day and one of the two teams is guaranteed to take home a trophy after neither placed last year. Mt. Zion won the 7th grade tournament last year.

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



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