Lincoln received the most difficult path, North Knox got a quality draw, and Rivet and South Knox are somewhere in between as the IHSAA revealed its pairings for its 48th annual state volleyball tournament on Saturday.
The sectionals start next Monday, but the Warriors got a bye in their seven-team Class 2A Forest Park field and won't play until Oct. 17. Rivet also won't take the floor until the semifinals with just four teams in the Class A North Daviess Sectional. Lincoln, which hosts its 3A sectional, and South Knox, also at Forest Park, get things started Tuesday.
All championship games are at 7 p.m. Oct. 19.
The Alices (26-3) were rolling and appeared to be a strong sectional favorite before dropping straight set matches to host Washington and Mount Vernon on Saturday. Now they likely have to play the next three-best teams in the field to win a second consecutive sectional.
Lincoln takes on Princeton (11-13) at 7 p.m. Tuesday. On Thursday, Sullivan (19-10) and Pike Central (4-20) play at 6 p.m., and Washington (17-7) follows against the Alices-Tigers winner.
At Forest Park, the host Rangers (10-12) play Southridge (9-15) at 7 p.m. next Monday. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Spartans (9-15) get Eastern Greene (3-17) at 6 p.m., with Linton (19-7) and No. 1 Barr-Reeve (27-2) to follow. Those winners play the second game Oct. 17, allowing the Warriors (15-6) to avoid the favorite Vikings until the final. They take on Monday's winner in the first semifinal at 6 p.m.
Rivet (13-10) plays the first game Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. against host North Daviess (1-16), and No. 3 Loogootee (18-5) battles Shoals (15-12) in the second game.