Bracken County aims for a volleyball four-peat when the 39th District Tournament gets underway at Mason County on Monday, while Mason County, St. Patrick and Augusta try to end the Lady Bears’ run. Robertson County looks to surprise the 38th District, while Fleming County and Lewis County both set their sights on the 16th Region Tournament.
Here’s a brief look at the 38th, 39th, 61st and 63rd District Tournaments:
Bracken County will likely get their biggest test of the tournament when they open against St. Patrick on Monday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals. The Lady Bears enter at 14-14 and have a 4-0 record against 39th District teams. Bracken County beat St. Patrick, 2-1 (26-28, 25-20, 25-23) to open the season and had another victory against the Lady Saints on Sept. 6, 2-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-17). St. Patrick was the only team in the district with a winning record. They enter at 14-13.
The winner from the first semifinal game will get the winner of the second semifinal between Mason County and Augusta. The Lady Royals beat the Lady Panthers, 2-1 (25-27, 25-19, 25-17) on Aug. 16 and in straight sets in late September. The two enter with a combined 11-42 record and a combined 0-9 record against St. Patrick and Bracken County.
The championship game is scheduled to be played at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Harrison County has won the last five 38th District titles and enters the 2018 tournament as the favorite with a 32-2 overall record and a perfect 18-0 record against 10th Region opponents. The Fillies get Robertson County in the first round on Monday at 8 p.m. after beating the Lady Devils in straight sets during their one regular season meeting. Robertson County enters at 4-23 and 0-4 against district opponents.
The winner will get either Nicholas County or Pendleton County, who open the tournament at 6 p.m. on Monday. The Lady Jackets come in at 17-12 and the LadyCats come in at 8-9, but they split the two regular season meetings with each getting a 2-1 victory.
The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday. All games will be played at Nicholas County.
The 61st District Tournament gets underway on Monday at Rowan County with the Valkyries taking on Bath County.
Rowan County has claimed the last six district titles and enters as the favorite again with a 5-0 record in regular season district play. They didn’t drop a set during those five matches, which included one victory over Bath County, one over Menifee County and three over Fleming County. Bath County enters at 2-30.
Fleming County comes in with a 12-22 record and will take on Menifee County in Monday’s second semifinal. The Lady Cats come in at 10-20, including a straight set loss against the Lady Panthers.
The championship game is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Russell dethroned Raceland last year in the 63rd District Tournament and enters this year with the best record in the 16th Region at 27-4 overall, including 25-2 in the region and 6-0 against district opponents.
The Lady Devils get the tournament started at 6 p.m. on Tuesday against Greenup County, who went 2-22-1 in the regular season. The tournament will be played at Lewis County.
Lewis County and Raceland play in the second semifinal that night. The Lady Lions were 4-15-1 in the regular season, which included a 3-2 (18-25, 20-25, 25-15, 26-24, 15-10) win against the Lady Rams on Sept. 18. Raceland picked up a 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 25-16) win over Lewis County in the first meeting of the season and enters the district tournament with a 8-17 record.
The championship game is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m.