The fifth-ranked Carmel Greyhounds have once again eclipsed 20 wins in a single season. More the norm then the expectation, it's nothing new for the back-to-back Class 4A volleyball state runner-ups.

Posting consecutive 30-plus win seasons the past two years and surpassing 26 victories in 2010-11 before reaching the program's new plateau, one set of numbers do, however, stand out from this fall.

3-2.

This is the exact margin of victory Westfield used to defeat the Greyhounds on Sept. 15, setting up an intriguing rematch when the Indiana High School Athletic Association state tournament opens later this month.

On Monday morning, the IHSAA announced its pairings for sectional play, which begins on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

At the Class 4A Westfield site, the Noblesville Millers face the Fishers Tigers on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. Two days later, the Zionsville Eagles take on the Hamilton Southeastern Royals in the second of a doubleheader at 7:30 p.m.

In the first match at 6 p.m, Carmel will have its chance to avenge its fifth loss on the year as the Greyhounds play the host Shamrocks, who are 7-1 at home this season.

In their regular-season meeting, the Shamrocks grabbed a first-set lead, 26-24, and a, 25-19, fourth set win against Carmel to force a decisive fifth, which they won 15-13.

The tandem of Natalie Ravenell and Claire Stitz combined for 24 kills to lead the Shamrocks. Despite the loss, Carmel still won the battle along the net, 56-45, in kills and, 17-6, in blocked shots.

If the Greyhounds get past Westfield, which coincidently eliminated Carmel, 3-2, in the sectional three years ago, they will face either Zionsville (15-11-1) or HSE (20-10) in the semifinals. Carmel defeated HSE 3-0 to open the season and swept Zionsville 3-0 last night.

In the other semifinal bracket, either Noblesville (20-9) or Fishers (16-13) will face North Central (4-22), which drew the first-round bye. The championship is slated for Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., after both morning semifinals are played, beginning at 11 a.m.



Class 3A Delta Sectional

First the good news. The Hamilton Heights (16-10) will begin their postseason in the sectional semifinals. The bad news? They must contend with Class 3A No. 9 Wapahani (19-6) immediately.

Of course, it could be worse. In the first-round, No. 4 Muncie Central (22-8) and No. 2 Delta (23-5) are scheduled to battle to see who advances to face Blackford (5-18) in the other semifinal. If the Huskies find a way around Wapahani, another ranked opponents is likely to await their arrival.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Muncie Burris vs. Delta, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Wapahani vs. Hamilton Heights, 11 a.m.

Blackford vs. Match 1 winner, 12:30 p.m.

Championship, 7 p.m.



Class 3A New Palestine Sectional

Sometimes the blind draw can work in your favor. For the Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles (13-18), it is putting in overtime. Guerin gets an instant pass to the semifinals against Indianapolis Marshall.

In the other half of the bracket, Class 3A No. 5 Brebeuf Jesuit (14-5) will need to get past New Palestine (14-17) in the first round on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., before potentially seeing Herron in the semifinals on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

New Palestine vs. Brebeuf Jesuit, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Indianapolis Marshall vs. Guerin Catholic, 11 a.m.

Herron vs. Match 1 Winner, 12:15 p.m.

Championship, 7 p.m.



Class 2A Madison-Grant Sectional

Though the second-ranked Alexandria Tigers (23-7) are in the opposite bracket, the Sheridan Blackhawks still face a challenging path to the sectional championship. In the first round, the Blackhawks (3-18) will see the Elwood Panthers (15-11). Host Madison-Grant (22-7) drew the first round bye and waits patiently in their semifinal.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Sheridan vs. Elwood, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Alexandria vs. Tipton, 6 p.m.

Taylor vs. Eastern (Greentown), 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Madison-Grant vs. Match 1 Winner, 11 a.m.

Match 2 Winner vs. Match 3 Winner, 12:30 p.m.

Championship. 7 p.m.



Class A Indiana Deaf Sectional

The University Trailblazers entered Tuesday night as winners of two in their last three and with a 12-13 record on the season. Their first-round opponent is Indiana Math & Science Academy, which is a winnable match on Thursday, Oct. 23. If they press on, they could see either Indianapolis Metropolitan, a team they beat 3-0 during the regular season, or Tindley (17-8). The Trailblazers lost to Tindley 3-0 on Oct. 1 at home.

In the other bracket, host Indiana Deaf is attempting to win its fourth consecutive sectional title.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

International vs. Indiana Deaf, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Tindley vs. Indianapolis Metropolitan, 6 p.m.

Indiana Math & Science vs. University, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Bethesda Christian vs. Match 1 Winner, 11 a.m.

Match 2 Winner vs. Match 3 Winner, 12:30 p.m.

Championship, 7 p.m.