Some teams have already wrapped up their regular season and are waiting for conference tournaments to commence, while others have a game here and there left.
Either way, they all have the regional pairings on their mind after they were released by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union earlier this week.
This is a breakdown of the foes our Gateway Area will have to meet in their postseason journeys and where they’ll be looking to make any deep playoff runs.
CLASS 4A REGION 7
Both Clinton (10-18) and Central Dewitt (4-16) find themselves in the six-team regional bracket and neither have been gifted home games.
The River Queens, who have won three straight Mississippi Athletic Conference games and knocked off a ranked opponent in the last week, will open their postseason against Maquoketa. The Cardinals are currently 18-12 with similar wins on their record as the Queens. With Kelly Clark and Nevaeh Wagoner looking strong on the attack, the River Queens are hitting their peak at the right time.
Maquoketa has a strong attack from Nell Sybesma, a senior with 257 kills on the year. They also have 145 total blocks this year as a team, ranking in the top 25 of Class 4A.
That leaves middle blockers Kaylee Camp and Makenzie Cooley playing potentially crucial roles.
DeWitt will have a tough game to start over Western Dubuque. The Sabers have won just four games this year while Western Dubuque has claimed a W in two thirds of their.
If both teams win they’ll be looking at No. 3 Dubuque Wahlert, who knocked Clinton out of sub-state last year, and a 17-10 Clear Creek-Amana team to fill out the rest of the bracket. Clinton will face Clear Creek-Amana in the semifinals if they advance.
CLASS 1A REGION 7
Both Prince of Peace (17-14) and Easton Valley (7-15) share a home in Class 1A, Region 7. The two themselves matched up just Tuesday night, ending in a 3-1 Irish win.
It’s looking likely that the two will meet again, and soon. Easton Valley will play Rivermont Collegiate to start out their postseason on Oct. 22 at home. Rivermont, who does not play in a traditional Iowa conference, has struggled in the Northern Illinois Christian Athletic Conference this year.
Prince of Peace is heading into conference tournament time and the postseason having won nine of their last 11 games. The Irish will face a Tri-Rivers Conference opponent, but one that they’ve already beat handily a number of times. Prince of Peace will welcome Marquette (2-22) to the Joe O’Donnell Sports Center to start their postseason. The Mohawks have not taken a set from the Irish in their two previous meetings.
That leaves a local showdown in the Region 7 quarterfinals in Clinton on Oct. 28 that is sure to excite. The big blocks of Macy Wilhelm and RaeAnn Carlson proved frustrating to the Irish but the swings from Prince of Peace hitters Anabel Blount and Lilly Isenhour were too much for the River Hawk defense.
Whoever makes it out of the second round alive will then travel to another Tri-Rivers foe to take on the No. 7 Lisbon Lions. Lisbon, who has not lost a conference game, swept the Irish in both meetings. Easton Valley will play Lisbon on Thursday.
CLASS 3A REGION 6
There were no breaks for the Camanche Indians (13-15) this year.
The Indians will have a hard time making it out of the first round on their Class 3A regional on Oct. 23, matching up with No. 1 Davenport Assumption (26-2) right off the bat on the road.
The Indians have seen Assumption twice in tournaments this year. The first time they fell 21-8, 21-12. The second, just this weekend, they put up a fight in a 21-10, 21-18 loss.
The Indians have the capability to make a competitive game out of it. Both Tarah Wehde and Maci Sloane rank in the top ten in the River Valley conference in kills, combining for 328 together.
Plus, Sloane’s lanky frame has her in the top five in blocks this season with 41, which could prove crucial against the big swings from the Knights.
CLASS 2A REGION 8
The Northeast (0-32) volleyball team hasn’t picked up a win yet, but very well could get their first to kick off the postseason.
The Rebels will travel a short distance to take on Bellevue, a fellow River Valley Conference team who has struggled this year.
The Rebels have been playing progressively better each time they’re on the court and have now seen the Comets in action five different times this season.
Their last two meeting, both at Northeast’s home tournament this weekend, were close and competitive. Bellevue won both of them 2-1 with Northeast stealing a set in each.
The Rebels will be looking to big blocks from Claire Abbott and the arms of Alexis Ehlers and Neveah Hildebrandt to generate some offense. Their defense will need to be on their toes with the Comets throwing a lot of off and out of system balls over the net.