Some teams are headed north, a few teams will head east, while others will head north, and then south. Other teams will have to head mostly south on their postseason path.
In little under a week, the volleyball post season will start. The short-term traveling for the volleyball teams will take all eight teams around western and central Iowa as they vie for a spot in the State volleyball tournament. This year the State volleyball tournament will be held in Cedar Rapids.
Kuemper Catholic is no stranger to the State volleyball tournament. This year they are competing in class 2A, after winning the 2018 class 3A State championship, and being named the runner-up in the 2019 class 3A tournament.
The Knights were ranked No. 11 in the most-recent Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union volleyball rankings.
The Knights will benefit from a first-round bye. They will then play on Oct. 20 against either Emmetsburg or North Union. Kuemper has not played either team this season.
On the bottom of the bracket South Central Calhoun will take on Manson-Northwest Webster on Oct. 20. The Titans beat MNWW twice this season, once at their own tournament in early September, and again on Sept. 30 in a 3-0 regular season match.
If the Knights win their Oct. 20 match, and SCC wins as well, both teams will meet in the regional semi-finals held Oct. 25 at Kuemper.
On the other side of the bracket is Denver (ranked No. 7), Belmond-Klemme; Eagle Grove; Aplington-Parkersburg and Hudson. The regional final is scheduled for Oct. 27 at a site to be determined.
Elsewhere in class 2A, East Sac plays in region 1, a mostly northern region. The Raiders will start off their tournament on Oct. 20 against Alta-Aurelia in a match in Alta. The Raiders are scheduled to play Alta-Aurelia on Oct. 14 in the regular season.
The top teams in East Sac’s region are No. 4 Boyden-Hull and No. 13 Ridge View. Other teams in the region include: Sioux Central; Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn; Central Lyon; Sibley-Ocheyedan; Lawton-Bronson and MVAOCOU.
IKM-Manning is playing in region 3 of class 2A. The Wolves will start regional play on Oct. 18 when they travel to play Panorama. The Wolves and Panorama have not met this season.
The winner of that match will go on to play Southwest Valley on Oct. 20.
Other teams in the region include: No. 3 South Hardin; Madrid; Ogden; South Hamilton; Woodward-Granger; AC-GC and Nodaway Valley.
The Tigers will begin their post season on Oct. 19 when they host Denison-Schleswig to start their post season in class 4A competition.
Earlier this season Carroll was able to take on Denison-Schleswig in a regular season match played on Sept. 14. That night the Tigers were able to gain a 3-0 win that night.
This will be a repeat of the first round of last year’s regional tournament, a match that Carroll was able to win.
So far this year Denison-Schleswig stands at 5-24 with their last victory coming on Oct. 2 against Siouxland Christian at a Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson tournament.
Whoever wins on Oct. 19 will travel north to go on to play Sioux City Bishop Heelan. So far this season the Crusaders stand at 15-8, but are unranked by the IGHSAU. As of Thursday of last week the Crusaders were on a four-game winning streak, having beat Hinton and Sioux City North at a Sioux City East tournament. They then beat conference foes, Council Bluffs Lincoln and LeMars in back-to-back home matches.
Other teams in the class 4A, Region 1 tournament include Lewis Central, who will play LeMars on Oct. 19.
Glenwood, the No. 7 ranked team in class 4A, has a first round bye.
Two of the three area class 1A teams will meet each other in the first round of the class 1A tournament.
Rolling Valley Conference foes, Glidden-Ralston and Ar-We-Va will play a revenge match in the first round of the class 1A tournament.
This time the Wildcats will host Ar-We-Va. On Oct. 7 the Rockets and Wildcats were able to play in Westside, when Glidden-Ralston was able to gain a very close 3-1 battle. In that match the Wildcats were able to win the first set, but Ar-We-Va answered in the second set with a 27-25 victory. Glidden-Ralston went on to win the third set 26-24. In the fourth set the Wildcats sealed off the match with a 25-18 win.
Coon Rapids-Bayard will take on No. 6 Ankeny Christian in the first round of the class 1A, region 3 tournament. That match will be on Oct. 18 at Ankeny Christian.
Ankeny Christian holds a record of 27-3 overall on the season.
The rest of the region features two more ranked teams: No. 11 Gladbrook-Reinbeck and No. 15 BCLUW.
Other teams include Exira-EHK; Audubon; CAM; Orient-Macksburg; Colo-Nesco; GMG; Baxter: Collins-Maxwell; Martensdale-St. Mary’s and Grand View Christian.
The State volleyball tournament is scheduled for Nov. 1-4.