The following is some important information pertaining to this weekend’s First Priority Volleyball Classic…
DATES: Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17.
LOCATIONS: Whitley County High School, Middle School and Intermediate School gymnasiums.
NUMBER OF MATCHES and SCORING: All teams will get a minimum of five matches. Each match will be best of three sets. The first two sets will be to 25, win by two (no cap). The third set will be first to 15, win by two (also no cap).
TIE BREAKING/SEEDING: There will be two phases of the classic – pool play and tournament play. There are three pools of five teams. Each team will play the other four teams in their pool once. Standings will be tracked by record. If two teams have an identical record, the tie breaker will be the head-to-head matchup between those teams. If three or more teams have an identical record, the tie breaker will be overall point margin.
The top three teams from each pool will advance to the Gold Bracket. The bottom two teams from each pool will play in the Silver Bracket. Seeding for the brackets will be based on the standings of pool play, in order of the following tie breakers – 1. Place in pool, 2. Record, 3. Number of sets lost, 4. Point differential, 5. Coin flip.
Standings will be tracked on a standings board at all three venues so teams will be able to keep up with where they stand.
AWARDS: Awards will be presented to the overall first and second place teams, and an All-Tournament team will be chosen.
The championship team will get a Most Valuable Player and two all-tourney picks. Runner-up will get two all-tourney picks. All other teams will get one all-tourney pick.
FIRST PRIORITY SOCIAL ROOM: At the conclusion of each team’s first match on Friday evening, teams are invited to report to a designated area for an ice cream social, and they will also receive a free gift from First Priority. A ten-minute Bible devotion will be given during this time.
CONCESSIONS: Concessions will be located in the gym lobbies, with a wide variety of food and drink items.
ADMISSION: Single day admission will be $6. A tournament pass can be purchased for $10. All children ten and under will be admitted free of charge.
PARTICIPATING TEAMS: The following teams have been confirmed for the 2016 First Priority Classic – Whitley County, Corbin, North Laurel, Rockcastle County, Knox Central, Pendleton County, East Ridge, Lincoln County, Jackson County, Warren East, South Laurel, Marion County and Somerset.
SCHEDULED MATCH TIMES: Current scheduled match times are as follows – Friday, September 16 teams in Pool A will compete at Whitley County High School from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Teams in Pool B will compete at Whitley County Middle School Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. And teams in Pool C will compete at Whitley Central Intermediate School Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
On Saturday, September 17 Pool A teams will be back at WCHS from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pool B will return to WCMS from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. And Pool C teams will be at WCIS from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tournament play will begin Saturday at 2:00 p.m., with the Gold Bracket being contested at the Whitley High School gymnasium. The Silver Bracket championship will be played at Whitley Central Intermediate. The championship game of the Gold Bracket is tentatively scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and the Silver Bracket finals at 6:00 p.m.
For more, pick up the September 14 edition of the News Journal.