Volleyball playoffs get going this week as area teams work to extend their seasons as long as possible.
Here is a look at how all the local programs were seeded.
The Alexandria volleyball team hasn’t played a match that counted toward the schedule since Oct. 8, and during the time since then, the Cardinals climbed all the way up to the fourth seed in the Section 8AAA field.
Alexandria finished 14-11 during the regular season, and that was enough to earn itself a bye in the opening round. The Cardinals open the tournament at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 at home against the winner of fifth-seeded Monticello (18-9) and 12th-seeded St. Cloud Tech (4-21). The Cardinals swept St. Cloud Tech during the regular season and did not play Monticello.
The winner of Friday night’s match will advance to play on Oct. 29 against the winner of Sartell-St. Stephen and either Becker or Sauk Rapids-Rice. Sartell is the top seed in the section after a 24-1 regular season. Moorhead is the second seed at 16-11 and Brainerd rounded out the top three seeds with a 19-8 record.
The Section 6A Tournament features many local teams, and Brandon-Evansville leads that group after finishing with a 17-7 record in the regular season.
The Chargers were seeded third in the 6A South and will open up the tournament on Oct. 23 with a 7 p.m. start time at home against either sixth-seeded Underwood (13-15) or 11th-seeded West Central Area (5-17). These two teams play at 7 p.m. on Monday in Underwood.
Parkers Prairie was seeded fifth in the South after a 14-11 regular season. The Panthers play an opening-round game against 12th-seeded Ashby (0-23) on Oct. 21 at home at 7 p.m.
Henning was seeded first in the South after a 20-7 regular season, and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley was seeded second after going 22-4. The winners of Brandon-Evansville’s match on Oct. 23 and CGB’s match that same night will play each other at the high seed on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Wadena-Deer Creek (16-7) is the top seed on the North half of Section 6A. Park Christian (21-3) is second and New York Mills (20-7) was seeded third.
Osakis finished 10-16 overall, and that got the Silverstreaks the second seed in the five-team Section 5A South B field.
Browerville-Eagle Valley (13-10) was the top seed among that group. Osakis opens up the section tournament by playing third-seeded Upsala on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in Osakis.
The Silverstreaks and Cardinals (8-18) split their two matches during the regular season. Osakis swept Upsala on Sept. 3 before the Cardinals won in four sets in the rematch on Sept. 24.
The winner of the Osakis versus Upsala match will play at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29 in Long Prairie against the winner of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and either Kimball Area or Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. BBE is the top seed in the Section 5A-South A field after going 18-8 through the regular season. The Jaguars swept Osakis in their season opener on Aug. 27.
Minnewaska was seeded sixth in the 3AA North field and will open up the tournament on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at third-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins (17-7).
The Lakers finished the regular season 13-10, and one of those wins came in five sets against Eden Valley-Watkins on Sept. 30.
New London-Spicer (25-2) was seeded first in the North, while Redwood Valley was second after a 22-5 regular season. Marshall (24-5) is the top seed in the South, and Jackson County Central (18-10) was seeded second.