October 22, 2012 11:26PM
Lake Central (26-9) at Valparaiso (28-9), 7 p.m., today
Skinny: The Indians are making their first regional appearance since 2007. Valparaiso, on the other hand, is making its second consecutive trip to regionals and it has home court advantage and experience on its side. That might be the only edge, though, as the Indians have beaten the Vikings two out three times this season. That one victory was in Valparaiso and makes the Vikings a slight favorite in this match.
Next: Winner vs. Carmel Regional winner in Huntington North Semistate at 11:30 a.m. CST on Oct. 27.
Griffith (12-20) at Andrean (27-7), 7 p.m., today
Skinny: A pair of NCC foes face off for the second straight year in an unlikely regional championship match. The 59ers, who won last year’s regional title in three games, is the easy favorite to win the crown. But anything can happen in this match as Griffith proved against Gavit in the sectional semifinals. Keep an eye on Lisette Roldan for the Panthers. She has the ability to give Andrean trouble at the net. The 59ers will counter with Lauren Stazinski, Kellie Wojceichowski and Marija Nicksic.
Next: Winner vs. Fort Wayne Concordia Regional winner in the Plymouth Semistate, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. CST.
Wheeler (31-5) at Rochester (26-8), 7 p.m., today
Skinny: The defending regional champion Bearcats will have to knock off the Zebras a second straight year in order to celebrate the school’s second straight championship. Both teams appear similar as Wheeler has go-to outside hitter Shannon Doyle (team-high 455 kills), while Rochester has its go-to hitter Katlyn Sawyer (team-high 471 kills) when the team needs a big lift.
Next: Winner vs. Wapahani Regional winner in the Bremen Semistate, Oct. 27 at 11:30 a.m., CST.
Washington Twp. (18-9) at Pioneer (24-9), 7 p.m., today
Skinny: These teams meet for the third straight year in the regional round with each team winning one match. Pioneer is the favorite with six more wins and the home court advantage. The Senators, who won their fifth straight sectional championship on Saturday, are also semi-inexperienced, losing six seniors from last year’s regional championship squad.
Next: Winner vs. Frontier Regional winner in the Caston Semistate, Oct. 27 at 11:30 a.m., CST.
Marquette (16-19) at FW Blackhawk (26-6), 7 p.m., today
Skinny: MC Marquette won its first sectional crown since 2009 with a three-game sweep over Trition in the finals. The Blazers had not won a sectional title prior to Saturday since winning six straight state championships from ’04-’09. Blackhawk is the defending regional champion and has business to take care of itself after losing to Frontier in three in the semi-state semifinals last season.
Next: Winner vs. Union (Modoc) Regional winner in the Caston Semistate, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m., CST.
— By correspondent Ryan Haskell
Updated: November 24, 2012 6:20AM