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2018 Eighth Grade Volleyball State Tournaments Begin Friday

For the 12th time in Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) history four champions will be crowned in the eighth grade girls volleyball state tournament series. Competition in the Class 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A state final tournaments begins Friday (March 16) and concludes Saturday (March 17) at four sites.

Class 1A will be played at Assumption Central A&M Middle School; Class 2A will be played at Auburn High School; Tolono Unity Junior High School will be the site of Class 3A; and Mt. Zion High School will host Class 4A.

The time schedule for all four tournaments will be the same but for the first time since moving to four classes, the time schedule has been significantly changed.  There will be four quarterfinal matches that will be played on Friday starting at 4:30 p.m. The two semifinal matches will then be held on Saturday starting at 12 noon and 1:15 p.m. Third place and championship matches will also be played on Saturday with the third place match set for 3:00 p.m. and the championship match scheduled for 4:15 p.m.

Any changes in the playing status of each of the four tournaments will be posted on the IESA website and scores will be updated throughout the day at www.iesa.org as each tournament progresses. 

The price of admission Friday is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for seniors (62 and over) and students (K-8) and is good for all games Friday.  Children younger than kindergarten are admitted free.  The price of admission for all day on Saturday for the semifinals and the third place and championship games will be $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors and students (K-8).  Children younger than kindergarten again 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.

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 at the 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 the schedule for each of the 8th grade state final tournaments:

Class 1A @ Assumption Central A&M Middle School
Friday, March 16
Match 1          4:30 p.m.        Monmouth ICS (22-0) vs. Hartsburg-Emden (22-3)
Match 2          5:45 p.m.        Spring Bay Riverview (17-4) vs. Thornton Wolcott (13-0)
Match 3          7:00 p.m.        Grayville (24-1) vs. Royal Prairieview Ogden (21-5)
Match 4          8:15 p.m.        Jacksonville Our Saviour (15-7) vs. Pontiac St. Mary's (24-0)

Saturday, March 10
Match 5          12 noon          Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2
Match 6          1:15 p.m.        Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4
Match 7          3:00 p.m.        Loser Match 5 vs. Loser Match 6 (Third Place)
Match 8          4:15 p.m.        Winner Match 5 vs. Winner Match 6 (Championship)


Class 2A @ Auburn High School
Friday, March 16
Match 1          4:30 p.m.        Seneca (19-2) vs. Lewistown JHS (20-5)
Match 2          5:45 p.m.        Mason City Illini Central (23-2) vs. Kinmundy South Central ( 24-1)
Match 3          7:00 p.m.        Ashland A-C Central (17-8) vs. Kewanee Wethersfield (14-2)
Match 4          8:15 p.m.        Milford (14-2) vs. Champaign St. Matthew (23-1)

Saturday, March 17
Match 5          12 noon          Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2
Match 6          1:15 p.m.        Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4
Match 7          3:00 p.m.        Loser Match 5 vs. Loser Match 6 (Third Place)
Match 8          4:15 p.m.        Winner Match 5 vs. Winner Match 6 (Championship)

 

Class 3A @ Tolono Unity Junior High School
Friday, March 16
Match 1          4:30 p.m.        Princeville (20-2) vs. Paxton-Buckley-Loda (21-1)
Match 2          5:45 p.m.        Eureka (24-0) vs. Wilmington (11-8)
Match 3          7:00 p.m.        Tolono Unity (22-3) vs. Toledo Cumberland (25-0)
Match 4          8:15 p.m.        Pana JHS (21-5) vs. Pleasant Plains (19-6)

Saturday, March 17
Match 5          12 noon          Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2
Match 6          1:15 p.m.        Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4
Match 7          3:00 p.m.        Loser Match 5 vs. Loser Match 6 (Third Place)
Match 8          4:15 p.m.        Winner Match 5 vs. Winner Match 6 (Championship)

 

Class 4A @ Mt. Zion High School
Friday, March 16
Match 1          4:30 p.m.        Channahon (20-3) vs. Arlington Heights South (16-5)
Match 2          5:45 p.m.        Effingham JHS (20-4) vs. Morton JHS (20-4)
Match 3          7:00 p.m.        Rochester (19-6) vs. Flossmoor Parker (20-1)
Match 4          8:15 p.m.        Macomb (24-0) vs. Homer Glen Homer (20-2)

Saturday, March 17
Match 5          12 noon          Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2
Match 6          1:15 p.m.        Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4
Match 7          3:00 p.m.        Loser Match 5 vs. Loser Match 6 (Third Place)
Match 8          4:15 p.m.        Winner Match 5 vs. Winner Match 6 (Championship)

For more information, please contact IESA Assistant Executive Director and Volleyball Administrator Leslie Alappattu at leslie@iesa.org.



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