Saturday, November 8, 2008

Region B Volleyball : Don't get me wrong - I am sure that Mathews is a great place to visit...









Strasburg 186.26 vs. Wilson Memorial 173.88...
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Those numbers represent some all important info for tonight's Strasburg @ Wilson Memorial VB game that will decide the Region B Championship. The numbers aren't team power rankings though, they reflect the number of miles (each way) that the team that falls short tonight will have to travel on Tuesday evening.
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Mathews High School swept Northumberland 3-0 to claim the Region A Championship and the Lady Devils will now host the opening round match in State play on Tuesday. MHS went 9-0 (3 straight 3-0 sweeps) on their way to claiming the Region crown. You can check out more information on the team at http://www.gazettejournal.net/ (Glouchester-Mathews Gazette).
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Northumberland will travel to face the winner of Strasburg - Wilson on Tuesday with a Final Four Bid on the line. If there weren't enough riding on the Big Match tonight already, you can add trying to avoid spending 7 or 8 hours on a bus to the list of reasons that each team has for wanting to claim the Region B title.
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Kala Guy vs. Jenna Smoot - would you like to try and pick an over / under on how many times these two dynamic VB players will hit a ball off each other tonight. The fire & ice coaching match-up between Kim Claytor and Suzanne Mathias- who will blink first and have to call the first time out of the match.
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The gym should be jumping from start to finish with both Green and Purple being well represented in the building. Added bonus that two former team leaders from the schools will be teaming up over at Hollins University at 11:00 A.M. when #5 Bridgewater College faces #1 Washington & Lee.
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Katie Baker (Strasburg '08) and Candice Guy (Wilson '07) will be wearing the same colors this morning for Coach Spector and the Lady Eagles but I have a hunch they might be on different sides of the gym tonight. Here is hoping the two Alum find a way to trip up the 7 time defending Champs (W & L) and play for the ODAC title at 3:30 P.M
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One final VB note for Saturday - Northwood High School will be the site of the Region C Final Four today. The school is located in Saltville, Va.

11:00 A.M. - Northwood vs. Glenvar
12:30 P.M.- George Wythe vs. Auburn
3:00 P.M. - Finals

Two of these teams will move forward to join Gate City, Battle, Wilson, Strasburg, Northumberland and Mathews in the Elite 8 of Class A VB...

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