Earlier today, we posted this week's "AA Volleyball Leaders" edition with an added look at the class' playoff games set to start on Thursday. The rest of the classes - A, B, and C - begin their divisional tournaments this week, as we head into the final weekend before the All-Class State Volleyball Tournament in Bozeman.
- Billings Central takes the top seed into the Eastern A Divisional tournament again, but the surprise in the conference is Laurel. After winning only one match in 2009, the Locomotives clinched the second seed in the conference and a first round bye at the divisional tournament in 2010. Miles City, behind kills league leader Kalli Durham, enters the tournament third and will play Sidney in the first round. Glendive and Hardin start tournament play in the four-five match.
- Across the state, it looks like we could see a lot of familiar teams at next weekend's state tournament. Last year's Central A state representatives, Lewistown and Livingston, are the top two seeds in the conference again. Polson is the one seed in the Northwestern A, and Stevensville - along with Dillon - earned a first round bye in the Southwestern A.
- At last year's state tournament, Huntley Project beat Red Lodge in the all-Southern B championship. Those two again have positioned themselves for deep postseason runs, with the Redskins taking the 4B's top seed into the Southern B Divisional tournament and the Red Devils getting the conference's two-seed. Red Lodge opens divisional play against the 3B's second-seeded Baker Spartans, who lost to Colstrip in the 3B championship. The Fillies are looking to build on a solid season after being eliminated in three matches at last year's Southern B Divisional tournament. Colstrip plays Columbus, the 4B's three-seed, in the first round.
- Like Class A, the State B tournament could see a lot of teams from last year's tournament on this year's bracket. Choteau, Glasgow, Wolf Point, and Missoula Loyola - along with Red Lodge, Huntley Project, and Baker - have chances to get back to the state tournament for the second straight year.
- Circle is one of those schools synonymous with volleyball, and the Wildcats look to have a solid chance at making another run to the state tournament. But Terry is the top team coming from the 2C after winning the conference championship. The Terriers finished in fourth place at last year's state tournament and finished district play unbeaten. Terry plays Richey-Lambert, the 1C's surprise four-seed, in the first round of the Eastern C Divisional tournament. Circle draws Saco-Hinsdale; Wibaux, the 2C's three-seed, plays the 1C's two-seed, Savage; and the 1C's top team, Fairview, plays Ekalaka to start the tournament.
- In the Southern C, Joliet and Winifred-Roy are trying to get back to the state tournament for the second straight year. The Lady Outlaws boast a 20-0 overall record and play the Southern C Divisional tournament's first game against Roberts. Joliet follows with a match against Denton. Broadview-Lavina and Absarokee conclude the first round of games with matches against Bridger and Stanford-Geyser, respectively.
- Simms, Sunburst, Ennis, and Gardiner represented the Northern and Western divisions at the state tournament last year. All four teams moved on to the 2010 divisional round as either a one or two-seed from their respective conferences.
You can find all of the divisional volleyball brackets here.