The Catholic High School Athletic Association state and city volleyball tournaments will be held on November 9. Kennedy Catholic (18-2) will be the New York/Archdiocesan representative in the Class AA state tournament and Maria Regina (18-7) will represent the Brooklyn/Queens division in the Class A city tournament.
The Class AA tournament will be held at St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows. The Class A tournament will be held at Cardinal Spellman in the Bronx. Both tournaments will use the same format.
FORMAT: The four-team field will have a pool play qualifying round, in which each team plays every opponent in a two-game match to 25 (win by two) with no scoring cap. Teams will then be seeded by overall record in pool play.
- Tiebreakers will be following (in order): Head-to-head record against the other tied team, point won head-to-head against each other, overall point won in pool play. If teams are still tied after this, they will play a one-game tiebreaker match to 15 points (win by two) with no scoring cap.
The top seed following pool play will play the No. 4 seed in one semifinal; the middle two seeds will play in the other to determine who will advance to the state championship. Both semifinals will be best-of-three matches with games to 25 points (win by two) with no scoring cap.
The championship will be a best-of-five match with games to 25 points (win by two) with no scoring cap. The first team to win three games will be champion.
SCHEDULE: Pool play for the Class AA tournament will begin at 10 a.m.; I’m awaiting confirmation on the Class A start time, as it may be at 9 a.m. Below in the confirmed Class AA schedule.
St. Francis Prep vs. Kennedy Catholic
St. Francis Prep vs. St. Anthony’s HS
St. Francis Prep vs. St. Mary’s Lancaster
St. Mary’s Lancaster vs. St. Anthony’s HS
St. Mary’s Lancaster vs. Kennedy Catholic
St. Anthony’s HS vs. Kennedy Catholic
Here is the Class A tournament schedule, which has all of the same rules as the Class AA format:
Maria Regina vs. St. John’s Prep
Preston vs. St. Edmund Prep
Maria Regina vs. Preston
St. John’s Prep vs. St. Edmund Prep
Maria Regina vs. St. Edmund Prep
Preston vs. St. John’s Prep
(Editor’s note: I wanted to extend a special thanks to Kennedy coach Ellen Casey for keeping me posted as teams clinched spots in the tournament. It’s always helpful to have another set of eyes, ears and hands out there!)
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Kennedy photo credit: John Meore/The Journal News