VOLLEYBALL: W-DC likely No. 1 seed Warriors should host first round
Most section brackets are filled.
Two section brackets in the Dispatch coverage area are filled in pencil, however, as a few teams are still playing and because those sections opted to go with Quality Results Formula (QRF) those brackets will not be made official until all regular season games are completed.
One such section is Brainerd’s Section 8-3A.
Current No. 1 seed Fergus Falls and No. 3 seeded Moorhead are both playing in the Moorhead tournament Saturday. The QRF standings could change depending those team results, but because the formula, which is operated by the website Minnesota-Scores.net is being kept a secret it’s unclear how much change will happen.
Second-seeded Bemidji finished its regular season at 20-8. Brainerd enters the subsection tournament with a 17-11-1 record. They will likely face fifth-seeded St. Cloud Apollo, which owns a 15-12 record. Brainerd beat Apollo 3-0 back on Sept. 8 but were clipped by the Eagles 3-0 on Oct. 11
Aside from Fergus Falls’ 17-game win streak, Apollo enters the subsection tournament as one of the hottest teams as the Eagles have won six straight, including wins against St. Cloud Tech and Sauk Rapids. They also won the Braham tournament.
Alexandria is currently No. 6 with an 8-19 record followed by Detroit Lakes at No. 7 with an 11-12 overall record.
The other section still uncertain is Section 8-2, which houses defending Class 2A state champion Wadena-Deer Creek as well as Pequot Lakes and Staples-Motley.
The Wolverines finished the regular season 23-4 and as the QRF’s second best team in Class 2A, they’ll likely get the No. 1 seed in the South Subsection 8-2A playoffs and will get a first round bye.
Second-seeded Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton will play in the Moorhead tournament Saturday. Current No. 4 seed Hawley will play its final regular season game at Ada-Borup Monday.
Perham (No. 3), Breckenridge (No. 5), Pelican Rapids (No. 6) and Staples-Motley (No. 7) have finished their regular season schedules.
In the North Subsection bracket, Pequot Lakes will likely get the No. 2 seed. Current top-seed Thief River Falls will finish its regular season against No. 5 seeded Warroad Monday. The outcome of that game should have little effect on either team’s current seed.
No. 7 Crookston will host Fosston on Monday to conclude its regular season, but the rest of the section teams are done, including the Patriots, who have won three straight and finished the regular season with a 17-9 mark.
“We’re playing fairly well, which is good because we’re peaking at the right time,” said Pequot head coach Kate Dale. “Against Pine River we played very well as a team and then against Crosby-Ironton Tuesday we didn’t talk quite as much as a team.
“We got off to a slow start this season, but we managed to pull it together and we’re playing well right now.
Dale said she’s happy with the No. 2 seed, but doesn’t know much about Thief River Falls. Still everyone in Section 8-2A knows that in order to get to state they’ll have to go through W-DC, which has won the last three section titles and owns a 29-0 record against section opponents.
“We lost to them 3-0 earlier in the season, but we played very well that game,” said Dale. “We weren’t intimidated and I thought that was good. If we can go into these section games and not be intimidated and know we’re good enough to play at that level we’ll be pretty good.”
Section 7-2A is set with No 4 Crosby-Ironton hosting No. 5 Pine City in the South Subsection quarterfinals Wednesday. No. 6 Aitkin will travel to No. 3 Cloquet on Wednesday.
In Section 6-2A, Little Falls secured the No. 2 seed and will host Holdingford in North Subsection quarterfinals Friday.
“We had a really good match with Cathedral that went five sets,” said Johnson. “It was nice to see us come back after losing the first two sets and fight through and get the win. We needed that strong challenge. (Wednesday) we had a really good match against Zimmerman, but they girls were tired. It was tough to come back the next day after a five set match and not getting home until late and then playing again Wednesday, but again the girls fought through it and got the win in three.
“Things are starting to click.”
Johnson said practices will focus on fundamentals and they’ll review everything as they head into the new season. The focus is squarely on Holdingford, despite the Flyers head-to-head victory over top-seeded Sauk Centre.
“I’m a little frustrated we didn’t get the No. 1 seed, but I’m guessing it was based on the overall schedule and records,” said Johnson. “
The Pierz Pioneers were seeded fifth and will travel to Albany for their North Subsection 6-2A quarterfinal match Friday.
Pine River-Backus got the No. 3 seed in the East Subsection 5-1A playoffs with Pillager at No. 4. Both teams will host first-round games. PR-B will face Royalton Thursday and Pillager will match up with Isle.
The West Subsction 6-1A playoffs, which is where Verndale will play, will seed on Monday.
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