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Jordan Opp's Hitchcock-Tulare Patriots start Region play Tuesday


Hitchcock-Tulare hits post-season playing their best volleyball
Oct 30, 2017

By Rich Winter

As the Region 3B volleyball tournament tips off tonight, coach Jordan Opp and the rest of the Hitchcock-Tulare Patriots will be interested observers to see who they will face when THEIR portion of play begins Tuesday. 

 

By virtue of a late-season charge, winning ten of their last 12, Opp's Patriots vaulted up in the Region 3B standings, all the way to third place.

Region 3B power points: 

 

Arlington 44.069
Deubrook Area 43.793
Hitchcock-Tulare 41.333
De Smet 40.964
Wolsey-Wessington 40.957
James Valley Christian 40.478
Lake Preston 40.038
Castlewood 39.429
Wessington Springs 37.731
Estelline 36.042
Iroquois 34.435

On Monday night, #6 James Valley Christian takes on No. 11, Iroquois. Opp's Patriots will face the winner of that match on Tuesday evening. 

On Sep. 23 during tournament play, after a loss to Hanson, the Patiots were just 4-11.

 

Since then, 10-2 with wins over solid squads: Avon (14-10), JVC (13-10), Sanborn Central/Woonsocket (14-11), Wolsey-Wessington (13-10), Sully Buttes (17-7).

 

The only losses in tha final five weeks came to a 17-7 Class A Groton squad on Oct. 10 and a regular season ending loss to Class B, No. 1, 29-1 Northwestern. 

Final 12-games for Hitchcock-Tulare. 

Sep 23 2:00 p.m. CT Avon SF-Pentagon (21-25) (25-19) (25-21) W 47 14-10
Sep 23 3:00 p.m. CT Bon Homme SF-Pentagon (25-11) (25-17) W 43 4-23
Sep 26 6:30 p.m. CT Sunshine Bible Academy Hitchcock (25-16) (25-12) (25-15) W 44 6-16
Sep 28 7:30 p.m. CT James Valley Christian 281-Forestburg (18-25) (25-19) (25-20) (25-23) W 47 13-10
Sep 30 1:00 p.m. CT Sanborn Central/Woonsocket 281-Forestburg (25-16) (25-19) (25-21) W 47 14-11
Sep 30 5:00 p.m. CT Wolsey-Wessington 281-Forestburg (17-25) (25-13) (25-21) (15-25) (15-9) W 47 13-10
Oct 10 6:30 p.m. CT Groton Area Tulare (16-25) (19-25) (25-20) (17-25) L 41 17-5
Oct 12 6:30 p.m. CT Ipswich Ipswich (25-18) (30-28) (25-22) W 44 10-15
Oct 17 6:30 p.m. CT Sanborn Central/Woonsocket Hitchcock (26-24) (19-25) (26-24) (25-23) W 47 14-11
Oct 20 6:30 p.m. CT Sully Buttes Onida (25-23) (12-25) (21-25) (25-12) (15-13) W 47 17-7
Oct 23 6:30 p.m. CT Wessington Springs Hitchcock (25-17) (25-19) (24-26) (25-17) W 44 7-19
Oct 24 6:30 p.m. CT Northwestern Mellette (7-25) (14-25) (14-25) L 39 29-1

If the seeds hold, Hitchcok-Tulare would face a 22-7 Deubrook squad who finished the season strong, also winning ten of their last 12 matches. 

 

A Hitchcock-Tulare/Duebrook match to reach the Sweet-16 would take place on Thursday, Nov. 2. 

 

Arlington is the top seed in Region 3B


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