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Resident Press Exclusive: 2019 Class 3A State Volleyball Tournament Preview

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The Paris Lady Eagles will begin their state championship title defense starting Tuesday at the 2019 class 3A state volleyball tournament. The first three rounds of the tournament will be hosted by Paris High School, October 29-31. The state final will be held at Bank OZK Arena in Hot Springs on Saturday, November 2.

Four schools from the 3A West conference will compete in the state tournament. Paris, Charleston, Mansfield, and Waldron will all play first round state playoff games on Tuesday, October 29.

The Paris Lady Eagles are the defending 2018 Class 3A champions and they enter the playoffs ranked number one in class 3A according to Max Preps. They have won their last 15 consecutive matches and own a 35-1 overall record, and a perfect 14-0 record in conference play. Paris will begin the defense of their title against 15 other schools from around Arkansas who are seeking the 2019 state title. Nothing is ever for certain in tournament play, but if the brackets play out according to seedings, the Lady Eagles could play the number two ranked team in 3A (Episcopal) in the quarterfinals (second round).

This year’s 3A state tournament field will include 16 teams from around the state. Each team finished no worse than fourth in their respective districts. Here is a breakdown of each team who will be competing for a state volleyball title starting Tuesday. All information has been provided by Max Preps.

Baptist Prep Eagles

Navy, White, Red

Coached by Krista Spoon

Little Rock, 3A South

Ranked 12th in 3A

Have won their last 5 matches

Central Arkansas Christian (CAC) Mustangs

Purple, Vegas Gold

Coached by Lynn Brown

North Little Rock, 3A Central

Ranked 23rd in 3A

Have lost their last 2 matches

Charleston Tigers

Black, Gold

Coached by Ryan Rachuy

Charleston, 3A West

Ranked 5th in 3A

Lost their last match

Clinton Yellowjackets

Black, Vegas Gold

Coached by Ricky Cooper

Clinton, 3A North

Ranked 14th in 3A

Lost their last match

Episcopal Wildcats

Hunter Green, White, Navy

Coached by Monty Smith

Little Rock, 3A South

Ranked 2nd in 3A

Have won last 13 matches

Fountain Lake Cobras

Purple, Gold

Coached by Tina Moore

Hot Springs National Park, 3A South

Ranked 4th in 3A

Won their last match

Green Forest Tigers

Red, White

Coached by Christie Popejoy

Green Forest, 3A North

Ranked 19th in 3A

Lost their last match

Harding Academy Wildcats

Red, White

Coached by Tod Traughber

Searcy, 3A Central

Ranked 8th in 3A

Have won their last 4 matches

Hoxie Mustangs

Green, White

Coached by Judy Goodwin

Hoxie, 3A East

Ranked 7th in 3A

Have won their last 5 matches

Mansfield Tigers

Red, White

Coached by Kaylie Pyles

Mansfield, 3A West

Ranked 18th in 3A

Won their last match

Mayflower Eagles

Purple, Gold

Coached by Candice Lawless

Mayflower, 3A Central

Ranked 16th in 3A

Lost their last match

Newport Greyhounds

Black, Orange

Coached by Jordan Doyle

Newport, 3A East

Ranked 10th in 3A

Won their last match

Paris Eagles

Blue, White

Coached by Jordan Devine

Paris, 3A West

Ranked 1st in 3A

Won their last 15 matches

Perryville Mustangs

Maroon, Gray

Coached by Jerry Johnson

Perryville, 3A North

Ranked 9th in 3A

Won their last 4 matches

Piggott Mohawks

Red, Black

Coached by Shelby Slaven

Piggott, 3A East

Ranked 3rd in 3A

Lost their last match

Waldron Bulldogs

Black, Orange

Coached by Toby Hollin

Waldron, 3A West

Ranked 17th in 3A

Lost their last 3 matches

The schedule of games and their match-ups for round one of the state tournament are as follows:

Round One (Games played at Paris High School)

Court #1

1 p.m.

Perryville, North #1 Seed vs. Waldron, West #4 Seed

3 p.m.

Mayflower, Central #2 Seed vs. Piggott, East #2 Seed

5 p.m.

Episcopal, South #1 Seed vs. Newport, East, #3 Seed

7 p.m.

Paris, West #1 Seed vs. Central Arkansas Christian, Central #3 Seed

Court #2

1 p.m.

Harding Academy, Central #1 Seed vs. Mansfield, West #3 Seed

3 p.m.

Green Forest, North #2 Seed vs. Fountain Lake, South #2 Seed

5 p.m.

Hoxie, East #1 Seed vs. Clinton, North #3 Seed

7 p.m.

Charleston, West #2 Seed vs. Baptist Prep, South #3 Seed

For a complete tournament bracket, click here to be redirected to Max Preps to view / download your copy.

Good luck to all of our River Valley teams and I look forward to seeing you in Paris next week!

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Jim Best is a man of many talents. His storied career in Arkansas education led him to a new passion, and hidden gifts in sports journalism.
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