When the season gets to this time of year teams typically don’t need much motivation to play well.
But after the Division II Central District volleyball tournament draw shook out, Jonathan Alder coaches and players may have a little extra drive to do well.
The Lady Pioneers (16-4) received the No. 5 seed in the upcoming D-II tourney, a number that doesn’t exactly sit well with coach Kim Hayes.
“The draw turned out the way it was supposed to,” Hayes said the No. 1/3 and No. 2/4 went opposite (sides). “I thought we should be seeded higher considering we had several D-I victories and do not play any D-III or D-IV teams. The girls will use it as motivation.”
The district’s No. 1 seed went to Highland, Big Walnut is No. 2 and Granville is seeded third. London is fourth and Alder is No. 5.
Alder will open the tournament at home Wednesday, Oct. 18, against No. 18 Marion-Franklin. The match will begin at 6 p.m. The winner will advance to a D-II district semifinal Oct. 25 likely against No. 3 Granville at Licking Heights High School.
London (19-1) has a first-round bye and will face the winner of No. 9 River Valley and No. 13 Bexley on Oct. 18. A win over either of those two and the Red Raiders will advance to a D-II district semifinal where they would face either No. 7 Buckeye Valley or No. 10 Heath in a match that would be played at Licking Heights Oct. 25.
While he was happy to get the fourth seed London coach Darrell Eades understands the frustration those at Alder may have with the seeding.
“I seeded them ahead of us because of the schedule they play,” Eades said. “They play a tough, tough schedule, but there are some teams in our bracket that maybe don’t pay enough attention to who other teams are playing or just look at the records. That can skew things quite a bit.”
The Red Raiders coach was surprised with how the bracket turned out. He was fully expecting to see Jonathan Alder come to the lower district bracket where his team was sitting, but the Pioneers are in the opposite bracket.
“I was really pleased with how things turned out, we still have to show up and play but I like how the draw turned out for us.”
The pair of Madison County teams that will be competing in the D-III tournament will likely have to go through No. 2 seed Fairbanks in order to get to the district finals.
The 14th-seeded Lady Roughriders of West Jefferson will open the postseason at home against No. 15 Madison Christian on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. The winner will advance to face either No. 2 Fairbanks or No. 21 Madison-Plains.
Plains and Fairbanks will also play their tournament opener Tuesday at Fairbanks starting 6 p.m.
Shekinah Christian is the No. 3 seed in D-IV tournament and will host No. 13 Ridgedale on Thursday, Oct. 19. If the Flames win they’ll host No. 14 Harvest Prep Saturday, Oct. 21.
The top seed in D-IV is Fairfield Christian Academy, while Berne Union is No. 2.
Shekinah could meet Berne Union in the district semifinal Oct. 26 and wouldn’t see Fairfield Christian Academy until the district final if either were to advance that far.
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