Just 16 teams remain in each classification, with five local teams still playing. Let’s see how things are going, and how pre-tourney favorites are doing.
6A: Clark vs Laredo United, O’Connor vs. McAllen Memorial (Matches at SAISD)
Actual result: I was partly correct. Churchill was knocked out in the second round by New Braunfels Canyon. But, Clark defeated Canyon in five in round three, so the winner of that slot is still the favorite. However, O’Connor has been playing the best ball so far. It stymied a pair of district champions in week one. Then, got into trouble after racing out to a 2-0 lead against Brandeis in round three. It dropped set three, and was two points from going to a fifth set for the third time this season with the Broncos, but it won the last three points to win in four. If the teams can beat their round four opponents, they would meet for the fifth time this year. Clark is 4-0 and has won all 10 sets.
If the locals win, it would be the first time since 1995, and fifth time overall that NISD teams made up the quarters.
5A: Boerne Champion vs. Corpus Christi Flour Bluff, Dripping Springs vs. Gregory-Portland (Matches at South San)
Pre-tournament prediction: Dripping Springs is the favorite, although Seguin could give it a challenge in round three, while new school Harlan is the unknown.
Actual result: I pretty much nailed this one. Seguin did give the Tigers a fight in round three, but the Matadors were swept out. Harlan made it to the second week of the tournament before losing to Boerne Champion. DS is still the heavy favorite. Champion is the best team remaining that could beat the Tigers.
4A: Fulshear vs. Navarro, Needville vs. La Vernia (Matches at NEISD)
Pre-tournament prediction: Defending state champion Needville is the favorite, although Bellville is capable of beating the Blue Jays.
Actual result: I pretty much nailed this one again, except Needville was unchallenged by Bellville in a sweep that saw Bellville only score 15 points in one set. There are two local teams remaining in Geronimo Navarro and La Vernia. But, the Blue Jays are an even heavier favorite.
3A: Vanderbilt Industrial vs. Corpus Christi London, Goliad vs. Blanco
Pre-tournament prediction: Poth and two-time defending champion Goliad are destined to meet for the fourth straight year, this time in the quarterfinals. Universal City Randolph could give Goliad a battle if only for a little while.
Actual result: Except for Goliad, I completely missed this one. Poth was stunned in round two by Johnson City, and failed to make the third round for the first time since 2008. Johnson City was immediately eliminated in round three. Randolph was upset in round one by Georgetown Gateway, who was immediately eliminated in round two. Goliad has been unchallenged so far. It only gave up nine points in round one, and have allowed more than 11 points in only one set so far. It looks like the Tigers are a near lock to make it back to Garland again.
Also in 1A, D’Hanis plays favorite Round Top-Carmine in the fourth round.
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