Volleyball Playoffs: Both Bluejackets, Bombers get opening home match

The Minnesota high school volleyball playoffs get under way this week. In Section 7AAA, No. 8 seed Cambridge-Isanti (12-14) will host No. 9 Chisago Lakes (12-14) in the opening round on Wednesday, Oct. 26 (7 p.m.).

This is a rematch of last year’s opening playoff round which saw the Wildcats rally to defeat the Bluejackets in five games. The winner of Wednesday’s match will travel to top-seed Andover (23-5) for the Friday, Oct. 28 quarterfinals (7 p.m.).

Also in that half of the brackets will be No. 5 Grand Rapids (15-11) hosting No. 12 Princeton (2-19), with that winner going up against No. 4 Anoka (14-13) Friday night.

The Section 7AAA semifinals will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2 (7 p.m.) at the high surviving seeds, with the championship set for Saturday, Nov. 5 at Andover (7 p.m.). In the bottom brackets the highest seeds are No. 2 Duluth East, No. 3 Elk River and No. 6 North Branch.

Braham seeded No. 3 in 5A East A

Braham was seeded No. 3 in the Section 5A East A Division, giving the Bombers (16-9) a home game on Thursday, Oct. 27 (7 p.m.) against No. 6 Barnum (3-18). The winner advances to take on host No. 2 East Central (15-4) on Friday, Oct. 28 (7 p.m.).

The East semifinals will be Tuesday, Nov. 1 (7 p.m.) at the high surviving seeds. Rush City (19-4) is the top seed in Braham’s half of the brackets; the Tigers first game will be against either No. 4 McGregor (12-10) or No. 5 Ogilvie (7-13).

In the 5A East B Division, Nevis (19-9) is the top seed, followed by Onamia (16-10), Pine River-Backus (12-10) and Pillager (6-18).

Defending section champ Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (22-7) is the No. 1 seed in the 5A West, followed by Upsala (28-2), Sebeka (19-7) and Eden Valley-Watkins (12-11). The subsection finals will be held Thursday, Nov. 3 at Pierz (7 p.m.), with the championship back at Pierz on Saturday, Nov. 5.

• Braham’s final regular-season game will be at home Monday, Oct. 24 against rival Pine City. A victory for the Bombers will have them clinching a share of the Great River Conference championship.