GUYS MILLS —
Fight for No. 1 begins
The preseason is over for all nine District 10 boys volleyball teams.
On Thursday, the mad dash for the Region 1 championship and the No. 1 seed in what could be a revamped District 10 tournament begins. Starting it all off is a match that on April 11 went five sets. Maplewood held on to win a 20-25, 25-12, 25-15, 19-25, 15-9 battle with PENNCREST School District rival Cambridge Springs.
The two square off on Thursday at the Wood Shed.
“Are we excited that they count now?” Bancroft said of the start of the region season. “Yes.
“We’ve played a lot of volleyball so far. We’ve gone through a lot of changes. I’ve gone through eight different lineups I think so far. I think we’re where we need to be. We just need to sharpen things up a little bit.”
Also on Thursday, Farrell travels to Saegertown, Cochranton travels to Rocky Grove, and Conneaut plays host to Fort LeBoeuf.
Earlier this year, the PIAA decided to change things up in regards to its state volleyball championship format for both boys and girls.
The PIAA opted to forgo the quarterfinal round of pool play and move to single elimination. District 10 followed suit in girls volleyball. Now District 10 tournament chairman George Schroeder is trying to do the same for the boys.
Schroeder said on Tuesday that paperwork has been filed with District 10 proposing a change to the boys volleyball tournament. That proposal includes not only a switch to single elimination, but the number of teams that will qualify. Eight of the nine teams would qualify under the proposed format.
Also, all matches will be best of five.
The response from District 10 coaches and players is mixed.
Cochranton was a benefactor of the double elimination format a year ago in its run to the District 10 title.
“It’s going to force us to come out, get excited and play our best from the very beginning,” Cochranton outside hitter Logan Herzberger said. “There was room for error. We aren’t going to be able to do what we did last year.”
In the new format, Maplewood would have been crowned the District 10 champion last year. Bancroft went through the same change during the girls season and sees advantages.
“Did I like it for the girls? No,” Bancroft said. “But I think it’s a change. It’s like when the game of volleyball went to rally scoring. Did I like it? No. But now do I like it? It’s O.K.”