Roseville volleyball earns top seed in section draw

After a one-year hiatus, it appears that the Section 4AAA volleyball title will once again come down to Roseville and North St. Paul. They are the top two seeds in the section and are playing the best of any teams in the section.

Roseville drew the top seed despite having six more losses than the second-seeded Polars. The Raiders’ 3-0 win over North on Sept. 13 had a lot to do with that.

Roseville, which finished second in the Suburban East Conference standings to only Cretin-Derham Hall, entered the final weekend of the regular season on a four-match winning streak. In the four victories, all against conference foes, the Raiders lost only one set.

The Raiders closed out the regular season last weekend at a tournament in Moorhead. That tournament wasn’t completed by press time for this edition of the Review.

Roseville opens the post-season on Thursday, Oct. 27, with a match against either eighth-seeded Mounds View or ninth-seeded Tartan. Those two teams met in the first round Oct. 25.

The section tournament continues next week with the semifinals on Oct. 31 and the championship match on Nov. 3. If Roseville advances to the semifinals, it will host both matches that night. The section championship match is played at St. Paul Washington High School.

The section champion advances to the Class AAA tournament on Nov. 10 at Xcel Energy Center.

 

Concordia Academy

The Beacons enter the post-season as the Tri-Metro Conference champions but there’s a possibility they won’t be the No. 1 seed in the Section 5AA playoffs. 

The section is seeded by using the QRF, a formula that compares strength of schedule along with record to come up with its rankings. DeLaSalle (19-3) was the highest-ranked team in the section with Concordia Academy next.

On a coaches vote, Concordia Academy (20-7) would likely be the No. 1 based on its record and the fact that it beat DeLaSalle during the regular season.

Concordia Academy enters the post-season on a seven-match winning streak. The Beacons went a perfect 9-0 in Tri-Metro Conference play to win the league title.

The Beacons’ only loss in its past 14 matches was to Roseville in a tournament at Blaine on Oct. 1.

The Section 5AA tournament begins on Wednesday, Oct. 26, and there are also matches on Friday this week. The semifinals are Nov. 1 and the championship match is Nov. 3 at Bloomington Kennedy High School. The exact schedule and seeds were not available for this edition of the Review.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

 

  

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