Defending state 2A champ Foard leads
field of potential postseason teams
By CHRIS HOBBS
Six teams from the Greater Hickory area’s three conferences will earn automatic bids into the state volleyball playoffs.
The top two teams in the South Fork 2A and Northwestern Foothills 2A will get into the postseason as well as the top-finishing teams in 3A and 4A in the Northwestern 3A-4A.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) released the playoff process on Thursday, with the regular season to end on Jan. 8.
Currently, the top two teams in the South Fork 2A are Maiden and Bandys.
Foard is just ahead of Patton in the Northwestern Foothills 2A while Watauga leads 3A schools in the Northwestern 3A-4A and McDowell is ahead of South Caldwell, the only other 4A school in the Northwestern 3A-4A.
The playoffs will used a predetermined bracket and the NCHSAA will complete and release those brackets.
The first round of the postseason is scheduled Jan. 12 with five overall rounds and the state title matches on Jan. 23.
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