Monday, November 16, 2009

The Elite Eight is set - Rams return home for Tuesday's Quarter-Final


Elite Eight Fun Facts:
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Strasburg (24-1) has joined the Elite Eight in Class A Volleyball for the third straight season and will play their Quarter-Final match at home on Tuesday night at 7:00 P.M. As Champions of Region B the Rams will host the Region A runner-up (Northumberland 19-3) while Region B runner-up Altavista will make the trek over to play the Region A Champion (Mathews).
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The other two matches will pit the Region C Champion (Bath County 23-1) vs. Region D runner-up( John Battle High 20-4) & Region D Champion & defending State Champion(Gate City Blue Devils 22-1) vs. Region C runner-up(Radford 16-8). All four matches will take place on Tuesday night with the four winners advancing to Virginia Commonwealth University on Friday.
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The semi-finals are set for Noon and 2:00 P.M. on Friday and the Championship game will be played at 9:30 A.M. on Saturday.
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Gate City captured the State Championship in 2004, 2005 & 2008 with the victory last season coming over Strasburg. The Blue Devils split their season series with Sullivan Central (Blountville, Tenn.) with both matches going 5 sets. Otherwise Gate City has seldom seen a Game 4 this season, let alone more game 5's.
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Strasburg carries a 73-14 record (sets) for the season and is currently riding a 24 match winning streak. The Rams swept the Region B tournament without dropping a set to Stonewall Jackson, Nelson County or Altavista.
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So where exactly is Northumberland located ? The school has 434 students and is located in Heathsville, Virginia. The bus ride over will cover 156 miles and should take 3+ hours. If you are planning to attend the match Tuesday night...


STATE VOLLEYBALL INFORMATION
Date Posted: Sunday Nov 15, 2009
THE STRASBURG VOLLEYBALL TEAM WILL HOST THE REGION A RUNNER-UP ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH @ 7 PM. ADMISSION FOR THE GAME IS $8.00 AS SET BY THE VHSL. NO SHENANDOAH CO. ID BADGES OR PASSES, STRASBURG HS, OR DISTRICT PASSES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
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If Strasburg wins on Tuesday they will play the winner of Gate City vs. Radford at Noon on Friday. The second semi-final will follow.
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John Battle High School is 20-4 on the season but all 4 losses have come at the hands of the Blue Devils.If you would like to learn more about Gate City you can click on the link below for their Region D Finals match. The coverage is from the Bristol newspaper.
http://www2.tricities.com/tri/sports/high_school_prep/article/prep_volleyball_john_battle_falls_in_region_d_title_match/35697/

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