Quite a few volleyball teams in Southwest Alabama are still in the hunt to reach the Elite Eight state tournament as the South Super Regional opens Friday at the Multiplex at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.
The top four teams that emerge out of the Super Regional, which concludes Saturday, will move on to the state tournament on Oct. 30 and 31 in Birmingham.
All opening matches start on Friday.
At the 1A level, No. 3 ranked St. Luke's tangles with No. 10 Sacred Heart at 11:30 a.m. while No. 2 Donoho takes on Fruitdale at 9 in the morning.
At the 2A level, Goshen meets Flomaton at 3 p.m. while No. 10 Mobile Christian takes on Luverne at 5:30. In addition, New Brockton faces Washington County at 5:30 while Millry takes on Zion Chapel at 3.
At the 3A level, No. 5 Cottage Hill Christian Academy faces Sipsey Valley at 9 a.m. CHCA coach Jennifer Newton said her team will have to be focused.
"We're going to have to play consistent," said Newton. "Ball control has been a big issue for us all season long. I think that is the key for us. It all starts on defense, we have to serve receive and pass well."
Also in 3A, No. 1 Bayside Academy -- in pursuit of its 12th consecutive state championship -- meets Greensboro.
"Passing, defense and serving are going to be critical for us," said Admirals coach Ann Schilling. "We are a really good ball handling team. We just have to continue to do that."
At the 4A level, UMS-Wright takes on Dallas County at 5:30 p.m. while Thomasville meets Elmore County at 3.
In 5A, Demopolis faces Faith Academy at 9 a.m. while Spanish Fort meets Marbury at 9. In addition, A.H. Parker takes on Satsuma at 10:15 while No. 1 St. Paul's tangles with Sumter Central at 11:30. Other matches in 5A have No. 5 Benjamin Russell taking on Gulf Shores at 11:30 while Saraland meets Wenonah at 12:45.
At the 6A level, G.W. Carver takes on Alma Bryant at 3 p.m. while No. 1 McGill-Toolen meets Central-Phenix City at 3. In addition, Pelham faces Fairhope at 4:15 while No. 8 Baker tangles with Jeff Davis at 5:30. Other matches in 6A have Auburn taking on Murphy at 5:30 while Robertsdale meets Chelsea at 6:45.
Bears coach Metta Roberts said her team needs to have their mind on the match, too.
"We're going to have to pass well and play good defense," said Roberts. "Anyone up there can win."