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Post season volleyball begins this evening

Warner volleyball coach Kari Jung, center, talks to her players between games during a match at the Aberdeen Christian School gym earlier this season. The Monarchs open their post season at home on Tuesday night. Photo by John Davis taken 8/26/2021

The regular season is over and now it’s win or go home as Class A and B volleyball teams head into region action this week.

The top two squads in each region will move on to SoDak 16 matches next Tuesday when state tournament berths will be on the line. The other teams will put the uniforms away for the season.

Here is a capsule look at regions involving area teams.

Region 1A Tuesday and Thursday

There are just a couple of teams in this region that are above .500.

Florence-Henry won 23 matches this year and is the top seed. Redfield is the second seed and owns the right to host a pair of matches if the Pheasants can win their first one.

Groton Area’s Liz Fliehs, center, looks to set the ball between teammates Aspen Johnson, left and Trista Keith, right, during a match at the Roncalli High School gym. The Tigers host Sisseton in Region 1A action on Tuesday. Photo by John Davis taken 10/22/2021

Groton, which is four games under .500, jumped ahead of Webster to nab the third seed and set up a potential rematch against Redfield. The Tigers defeated Redfield in four sets just last week.

Webster at 16-13 is the fourth seed and is hoping for its own rematch with Florence-Henry. The Bearcats were swept by F-H in their opening match of the season.

Teams W L

Florence-Henry 23-6

Redfield 13-13

Groton 11-15

Webster 16-13

Milbank Area 12-17

Sisseton 9-17

Clark-Willow Lake 6-15

Tiospa Zina 6-24

Tuesday’s matches: Tiospa Zina at Florence-Henry, 6 p.m.; Milbank Area at Webster, 7:30 p.m.; Clark-Willow Lake at Redfield, 6 p.m.; Sisseton at Groton, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday’s matches: Semifinals at highest remaining seeds (Milbank Area-Webster winner vs. Tisopa Zina/Florence-Henry winner; Sisseton-Groton winner vs. Clark-Willow Lake/Redfield winner).

Region 2A Tuesday and Thursday

There are four teams all in the hunt for the two SoDak 16 spots in this region.

Hamlin is the top seed and owns the best record at 24-6. The Northeast Conference champion has not lost to any team within the region, but did struggled a bit against Class B foes, who were responsible for half of Hamlin’s setbacks.

Elkton-Lake Benton is the second seed and has already defeated potential semifinal foe Deubrook Area twice this season. Great Plains Lutheran has a solid 17-12 record as a fourth seed.

Teams W L

Hamlin 24-6

Elkton-Lake Benton 19-11

Deubrook Area 17-12

Great Plains Lutheran 17-12

Sioux Valley 14-16

Flandreau 6-20

Deuel 3-19

Flandreau Indian School

Tuesday’s Matches: Hamlin def. Flandreau Indian School by forfeit; Sioux Valley at Great Plains Lutheran, 7 p.m.; Flandreau at Deubrook Area, 7 p.m.; Deuel at Elkton-Lake Benton, 7 p.m.

Thursday’s Matches: Semifinals at highest remaining seed (Sioux Valley-Great Plains Lutheran winner at Hamlin; Flandreau-Deubrook Area winner vs. Deuel/Elkton-Lake Benton winner).

Region 1B Today, Tuesday and Thursday

This is by far the most impressive region in the state.

There are three 20-match winners in this region and four of the top 14 teams in the final seed points can be found here.

Warner and Northwestern both finished 27-5 on the season and will be favored each time they step on the court.

Aberdeen Christian, 20-3, is coming off its best regular-season record in school history.

Aberdeen Roncalli is making its first ever appearance in the Class B playoffs and the Cavaliers figure to make some noise before this is over.

Thursday’s semifinals will take place in Groton.

Whoever advances out of this region will certainly earn it.

Teams W L

Warner 27-5

Northwestern 27-5

Aberdeen Christian 20-3

Aberdeen Roncalli 14-8

Langford Area 15-17

Britton-Hecla 12-10

Wilmot 9-17

Waubay-Summit 7-18

Leola-Frederick 7-22

Tonight’s Match: Leola-Frederick at Waubay-Summit, 7 p.m.

Tuesday’s Matches: Leola-Frederick/Waubay-Summit winner at Warner, 7:30 p.m.; Langford Area at Aberdeen Roncalli, 7:30 p.m.; Britton-Hecla at Aberdeen Christian, 5:30 p.m.; Wilmot at Northwestern, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday’s Matches at Groton: Semifinals at highest remaining seeds (Langford Area-Aberdeen Roncalli winner vs. Leola-Frederick/Waubay-Summit/Warner winner, 7:30 p.m.; Britton-Hecla/Aberdeen Christian winner vs. Wilmot-Northwestern winner, 5:30 p.m.).

Region 2B Today, Tuesday and Thursday

Faulkton has pieced together a solid season and enters the post season with a 23-6 record. However, the Trojans have not played fourth-seeded Highmore-Harrold, a potential semifinal opponent. Highmore-Harrold needs to focus on its opening round match against Ipswich, a team that swept the Pirates early in the season.

Faulkton Area’s Shayna Heitmann, right, hits the ball as Aberdeen Roncalli’s Jazmine Hart-Crissman, left, defends the net during a match at the Roncalli High School gym. In the background for Faulkton Area is Addison Melius. The Trojans are the top seed in Region 2B. Photo by John Davis taken 10/19/2021

Potter County and Miller both won 19 matches this season and could be headed for a semifinal encounter. Potter County won a previous matchup and would own home-court advantage. However, Miller played a schedule full of Class A competition and will likely be a tough out.

Teams W L

Faullkton 23-6

Potter County 19-7

Miller 19-12

Highmore-Harrold 17-10

Ipswich 14-13

Herreid-Selby Area 11-16

Sully Buttes 8-20

North Central 6-18

Lower Brule 8-13

Sunshine Bible 4-21

Tonight’s Matches: Sunshine Bible at Sully Buttes, 7 p.m.; Lower Brule at North Central, 7 p.m.

Tuesday’s Matches: Sunshine Bible-Sully Buttes winner at Faulkton, 7 p.m.; Ipswich at Highmore-Harrold, 7 p.m.; Herreid-Selby Area at Miller, 7 p.m.; Lower Brule-North Central winner at Potter County, 7 p.m.

Thursday’s Matches: Semifinals at highest remaining seeds (Ipswich/Highmore-Harrold winner vs. Sunshine Bible-Sully Buttes-Faulkton winner; Herreid-Selby Area-Miller winner vs. Lower Brule-North Central-Potter County winner).

Region 3B Today, Tuesday and Thursday

On paper, the top two teams appear to have the upper hand in this region. Top-seeded Arlington and second-seeded Wolsey-Wessington have both been in and out of the ratings all season and will be able to play at home.

Arlington faced a demanding schedule and already defeated potential semifinal foe Estelline-Hendricks earlier this season.

Wolsey-Wessington set the tone for its season by defeating Arlington, Northwestern and Warner all within a week to open the season. Castlewood, which won 17 matches, figures to be a challenging semifinal opponent should the Warriors advance that far.

Teams W L

Arlington 27-5

Wolsey-Wessington 25-4

Castlewood 17-9

Estelline-Hendricks 16-11

De Smet 13-14

Hitchcock-Tulare 12-14

James Valley Christian 11-13

Lake Preston 6-21

Iroquois-Doland 5-21

Waverly-South Shore 0-29

Tonight’s Matches: Waverly-South Shore at James Valley Christian, 7 p.m.; Iroquois-Doland at Lake Preston, 7 p.m.

Tuesday’s Matches: Waverly-South Shore/James Valley Christian winner at Arlington, 7 p.m.; De Smet at Estelline-Hendricks, 7 p.m.; Hitchcock-Tulare at Castlewood, 7 p.m.; Iroquois-Doland/Lake Preston winner at Wolsey-Wessington 7 p.m.

Thursday’s Matches: Semifinals at highest remaining seeds (De Smet/Estelline-Hendricks winner vs. Waverly-South Shore/James Valley Christian-Arlington winner; Hitchcock-Tulare/Castlewood winner vs. Iroquois-Doland/Lake Preston/Wolsey-Wessington winner).

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