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Class 3A-4A girls high school volleyball playoff previews

Columbia Eagles coach Kelly Landgraf has guided her team to a 35-0 record so far this season along with a regional championship
Columbia Eagles coach Kelly Landgraf has guided her team to a 35-0 record so far this season along with a regional championship

Here is a look at the remaining metro-east teams in the Class 3A and Class 4A girls high school volleyball playoffs:

Class 4A Chatham Glenwood Sectional

Teams: O’Fallon (31-6) vs. Edwardsville (30-6), 7 p.m. Tuesday at Belleville West; Pekin vs. Normal

Championship: 6 p.m. Thursday at Chatham Glenwood

Analysis: Southwestern Conference rivals O’Fallon and Edwardsvivlle met twice this season, with Edwardsville winning both matches. Edwardsville won 25-23, 25-21 on Sept. 3 and 20-25, 25-21, 25-15 on Oct. 4. Both teams have a lot of balance and size, with Edwardsville perhaps owning a bit more firepower at the net. Edwardsville relies on Rachel Pranger (412 kills, 48 blocks, 32 aces), Kate Martin (257 kills, 62 blocks, 43 aces), setter Rachel Verdun (9.3 assists per game) and defensive ace Megan Woll (502 digs, 39 aces). Among O’Fallon’s top players are Elise Smith (231 kills, 37 aces), Cassie Reno (219 kills, 68 blocks), Imani Williamson (201 kills), McKendree recruit Mackenzie Koester (162 kills, 39 blocks, 30 aces) and setter Alison Fournie (9.8 assists per game, 27 aces).

Class 3A Mascoutah Sectional

Teams: Murphysboro (31-5) vs. Mascoutah (27-8); Columbia (35-0) vs. Massac County (34-3)

Championship: 6 p.m. Thursday at Mascoutah

Analysis: Playing at home should definitely help Mascoutah, which reached the state tournament last season, but the Indians cannot look past Murphysboro. Murphysboro’s top players are Drew Stokes, who sets in the back and hits in the front, Mallorie Harris and Mikayla Brasel. Mascoutah has won nine of its last 10 matches and has three players with more than 200 kills in Tieghan Morio (220 kills, ), Murray State recruit Katirah Johnson (210 kills, 62 blocks) and Nilah Roy (202 kills, 45 aces). Mascoutah setter Kamrynn Voypick drives the offense with 10.1 assists per game and has 58 aces while Lacey Albers has 147 kills, 42 blocks and 39 aces. Columbia, which hasn’t lost since the sectional final last season, rocked Murphysboro (25-13, 25-14) and Mascoutah (25-17, 25-11) in back to back matches earlier this season at the Mascoutah Tournament. Central Arkansas sand volleyball recruit Colene Hamilton (311 kills, 40 blocks) helps lead the Eagles along with Jordan Hausmann (206 kills, 86 blocks, 24 aces), Alyssa Yochum (175 kills, 80 blocks), Kelly Metter (72 kills, 360 digs), Ellie Stone (318 digs) and setter Liz Fleming (9.2 assists per game, 41 aces). Massac County has set a school record for victories. Top players are Bailey Cissell, Aubrey Biggers, Chelsea Duncan and setter Ellie Weber. The Patriots have won regionals in three of the last four years.

Norm Sanders: 618-239-2454, @NormSanders

Class 3A Mascoutah Sectional

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Match 1: Murphysboro (31-5) vs. Mascoutah (27-8), 5:30 p.m.

Match 2: Columbia (35-0) vs. Massac County (34-3), 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 3

Championship

Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2, 6 p.m.

Up next: Sectional winner advances to Effingham Super-Sectional, will face winner of the Mt. Zion Sectional at 6 p.m. Saturday

Class 4A Chatham Glenwood Sectional

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Match 1: O’Fallon (31-6) vs. Edwardsville (30-6), 7 p.m. at Belleville West

Match 2: Pekin vs. Normal, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 3

Championship

Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2, 6 p.m.

Up next: sectional winner advances to Normal Super-Sectional, will face winner of Romeoville Sectional at 1 p.m. Saturday

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