Good Things Come In Threes In Junior High Volleyball

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It's the postseason for seventh grade volleyball and three area teams are still alive in three different classes. In IESA Class 7-3A, Hillsboro picked up a regional championship in Divernon, while Lincolnwood and Morrisonville also won regional championships in Class 7-2A and Class 7-1A, in Raymond and Waverly respectively. 

The Hillsboro Junior High seventh grade volleyball team put the finishing touches on their regional championship on Thursday, March 5, with a 25-21, 25-19 victory over top seeded Carlinville to win the Divernon Regional. The Lady Dragons made it to the championship game after beating Litchfield 25-4, 25-9 in their first game on March 3, followed by a 25-21, 23-25, 27-25 nail-biter over Auburn on March 4. Hillsboro, now 15-6 on the season, will take on undefeated Staunton (19-0) on Monday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pana Sectional, with the winner moving on to the IESA Class 7-3A State Tournament at Decatur Lutheran School Association High School on March 13.

The Lincolnwood seventh grade girls volleyball team earned a regional championship on their home court on Wednesday, March 4, with a 25-9, 25-15 win over Edinburg. The Knights made it to the regional championship with a 25-15, 25-8 win over Nokomis on March 3. The team will play Springfield Christian on Monday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Nokomis High School, with the winner advancing to the IESA Class 7-2A State Tournament in Pawnee on March 13. Lincolnwood is currently 25-0 on the season and have not lost a set.

The Morrisonville Junior High seventh grade volleyball team improved to 13-5 on the season with a 25-18, 25-17 victory over Waverly in the championship game of the IESA Waverly Regional on March 5. The Lady Tomahawks made it to the championship game by virtue of their 25-20, 25-19 victory over Franklin in the semifinals on March 4, after receiving a bye for being the top seed. Morrisonville will return to Waverly on Monday, March 9, for the sectional tournament, where they will face Millstadt St. James (12-1). The winner of that match moves on to the IESA Class 7-1A State Tournament, which begins at Bloomington Junior High School on March 13.

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