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November 5, 2011 - Jay Bennett
It's that time of year again — playoff season for football and the state tournament for volleyball.
While I spent my Saturday at Wirt County watching the Tigers take back the regional championship Williamstown captured last fall, the state tournament in Charleston is going to be interesting.
With Summers County out of the picture, a new Class AA champion will be crowned. Both Musselman in Class AAA and Charleston Catholic in single-A will have a chance to win it all again.
The Little Kanawha Conference will be well represented in Class A as half of the eight-team field will consist of LKC programs thanks to the Tigers, Yellowjackets, Calhoun County and Gilmer County.
It was quite a week for the Red Devils of head coach Kelley Houchin. Calhoun County had to make four trips this past week to West Union for the sectional and regional at Doddridge County High School. That's not quite a 90 minute trip each way they made on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and then finally on Saturday as the Red Devils swept Gilmer County to win their second straight regional crown.
Now, the question for state-bound volleyball programs is how will that blind draw turn out by the WVSSAC. Calhoun County's reward last year for winning its regional was a first round date and eventual setback to Wirt County. This is the third time in school history the Red Devils have reached Charleston and perhaps the third time will be the charm when it comes to Calhoun County getting its first win at state.
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