Western Mass. high school volleyball brackets released


Berkshire County champion Lee leads a group of five county teams who qualified to compete in either the Division II or II Western Mass. volleyball tournament.

The Wildcats, at 16-3, are the fifth seed in Division III, while county runner-up Taconic, also 16-3 overall, is the No. 5 seed in Division II.

Other Division III seeds include No. 7 Lenox (13-5) and No. 11 Mount Greylock at 10-9.

In Division II, Pittsfield, 13-6, is the No. 7 seed.

The Generals are excited to be playing at the newly-renovated PHS gym again, after playing most of their home matches at Berkshire Community College all year.

"We played our last home game at our gym against Mount Everett," said Pittsfield coach Brian Lawton. "We're looking forward to playing at home."

Lawton said he was glad to have played one home game at PHS.

"The girls were a little distracted by the noise," he said. "We greatly appreciated what BCC did for us, but it was hard to get our fans out there. At PHS, we had a great crowd."

The Generals play No. 10 Springfield Central, also 13-6, Saturday at 4 p.m.

Taconic, the top Berkshire County seed in Division II, will face Commerce High School at 4 Saturday at THS. Braves coach Jen Doerle believes her players are ready.

"We were excited to get a home game," sad Doerle. "I think the girls will be glad to play in front of their fans."

County champion Lee will entertain No. 12 Southwick-Tolland (10-10) at 7 p.m. Saturday night.

"I don't really have any idea what we're up against," said Wildcat coach John Warner. "I'm going to have to do a little homework."

Warner said he understood why the Wildcats, the top team in the county, was seeded fifth.

"It is what it is," he said. "It's due in part because when you go into the valley, the competition is tougher."

Lenox, at 13-5, will host 7-11 South Hadley at home at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

"We had a good practice [Thursday]," said Millionaire coach Ed Paquette. "We'll have one more light practice [today]. We'll work on making good passes and converting free balls when we get them.

"We're pretty confident about our first-round matchup," said Paquette. "If we win, we go down to Springfield against Sabis. But I don't want us to get too far ahead of ourselves."

The Mounties, under new coach John Albano, make a return to the Division III tournament after a one-year hiatus.

Greylock will be on the road against No. 6 Mahar (12-7) at 7 p.m. Saturday night.


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