The 2018 volleyball state tournament kicks off Monday and the area has a great chance of three teams claiming district titles by the end of the week.
Led by Division 3 fifth-ranked Manchester’s 39-10 record, the four area schools all have winning records and with different district alignments could all claim district titles.
Saline (29-11) and Dexter (30-11) are both taking part in the Division 1 district at Saline.
The two are in different sides of the bracket so they could possibly meet for the district title Thursday night.
Saline opens Monday night at 5:30 PM against an Ann Arbor Skyline squad that beat them in five-sets just last week. The Hornets had beaten the Eagle twice previously during the season. If they get by Skyline, A Halloween matchup with Pioneer will take place at 5:30 PM.
Dexter has a bye the first round and has the best record in their side of the bracket. They will face the winner of AA Huron and Jackson. Huron has been a pain in Dexter’s side in previous years, ending the Dreads seasons three out of the last four years.
Should Dexter and Saline make it through to the finals, they would meet up for the Championship Thursday night at 7:00 PM. The Hornets swept the Dreadnaughts in a match played at the Brighton tournament early in the season.
Chelsea is hosting its Division 2 district and is one of the favorites to make it through.
The Bulldogs (23-16) open Tuesday night at 7:00 PM against Jackson Northwest. If they get by the Mounties a match-up with the other district favorite Onsted (37-14-5) awaits in the semifinals Thursday night at 5:30.
Hillsdale and Jonesville open the other side of the bracket Tuesday at 5:30 with a strong Parma Western team that is an honorable mention in D-2 waiting in the semifinals. The Panthers will likely be the team waiting in the finals for the winner of Chelsea/Onsted. The championship will be played Saturday at noon.
While you don’t want to look past anyone come tournament time, the Manchester squad has a relatively easy district at Columbia Central. The Dutch should cruise their side of the bracket to the district finals.
Manchester opens with Grass Lake Tuesday night at 5:30. They swept the Warriors twice this season. A win there and they will face tourney host Columbia Central Thursday night at 5:30 PM in the semis.
The other side of the bracket has Cascades foes Napoleon and Addison, who the Dutch swept this season and Hudson with a 36-12 record should be the team waiting in the finals for Manchester. The championship will be played Saturday at noon.