MITCHELL — The James Valley Christian volleyball team will be making a second straight state tournament appearance during the Class B event, which begins today at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.
In fact, the Lady Vikings will be opening the 2012 event against the same team they faced in the final match of the 2011 tournament — Herreid-Selby Area.
“Herreid-Selby Area is a really good volleyball team, with two of the best middle hitters in the tournament,” JVC coach Tim Nihart said. “They control a lot from the net stand point. We hope to keep their offense in check, while we hopefully turn some of our own offense on them.
“It definitely is a match we can win, but we will need to be at our best,” he said.
Herreid-Selby Area, which defeated the Lady Vikings in five sets to win the consolation championship last year, went 28-2 this season to earn the third seed. Meanwhile, JVC used a 7-1 run to close the regular season and has earned the sixth seed with an overall mark of 21-6. The two teams will meet in the third game of the opening round at 6 p.m. today.
In the other opening round games, top-seeded Parker (32-0) plays No. 8 Lyman (16-12) at noon; fourth-seeded Andes Central (29-3) plays No. 5 Arlington (30-5) at 1:45 p.m.; and second-seeded Warner (31-0) will play Timber Lake at (24-7) at 7:45 p.m.
“You really can’t control the matchups, but for the first round it is all about the matchup,” Nihart said. “I feel a sixth seed is a good spot for us and one we want to take advantage of the best we can.”
Nihart says the challenge for his team will be to keep the Wolverines off balance defensively so they can not set up their middles easily.
“I like our quicker offensive sets and offense that will put pressure on their middles to block the whole net,” he said. “We hope to get past their blockers and force their back row to have to play well.”
A victory in today’s match will move the Lady Vikings into the semifinals where they will face either Warner or Timber Lake at 7:45 p.m. on Friday. A loss sets up a consolation game against one of those two teams at 1:45 p.m.
“I would love to get past our first round match and have a shot at them,” Nihart said of the possibility of facing Warner, which handed JVC is final loss of the regular season.
“They are the favorite and for a very good reason. They are big and good.”
The final round is scheduled for Saturday with the seventh-place match slated for noon. The consolation championship will be decided at 1:45 p.m., with the third-place match set for 6 p.m. and the championship to follow at 8 p.m.
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