Tennis, soccer, volleyball on tap in Tuesday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports

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Monday, October 15, 2018 | 8:21 PM


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A rainy Monday is expected to give way to a sunny Tuesday when the district continues its 2018 girls team tennis playoffs.

The WPIAL postponed all eight quarterfinal matches Monday and re-scheduled for the same higher seed home sites on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

The second round matches in Class AAA are:

No. 9 Mars at No. 1 Mt. Lebanon

No. 5 Upper St. Clair at No. 4 North Allegheny

No. 6 Peters Township at No. 3 Moon

No. 7 Latrobe at No. 2 Shady Side Academy

The Class AA quarterfinals are:

No. 9 Ellis School at No. 1 Sewickley Academy

No. 5 Derry at No. 4 Greensburg Salem

No. 6 Greensburg Central Catholic at No. 3 Beaver

No. 7 Quaker Valley vs No. 2 Knoch at Butler

The winners advance to the semifinals on Wednesday.

Key soccer finales

Tuesday is scheduled to be the final night of section play in soccer, and there are three boys matches with playoff implications.

Two of them are in Section 3-AAA as Laurel Highlands visits Greensburg Salem and Belle Vernon hosts Trinity.

Laurel Highlands and Belle Vernon have already clinched playoff spots while Greensburg Salem and Trinity are tied for the fourth playoff berth.

If both the Golden Lions and Hillers win, they will each qualify for the playoffs since they split their head-to-head tiebreaker.

Thus, if they both tie or both lose, they will also qualify for the district playoffs.

The other key boys soccer match is Mt. Pleasant at Burrell.

If the Buccaneers upset the Vikings, Burrell will end up tied with Freeport for fourth place and both teams will qualify after splitting their head-to-head matches earlier.

‘A’ big matches

The final week of the regular season begins in WPIAL girls volleyball on Tuesday, and there are plenty of big matches in Class A where 12 of at least 16 teams have clinched playoff berths.

In Section 1-A, Western Beaver closes out its section schedule at Shenango. The Golden Beavers need a win and two Union losses to quality of the playoffs. The Scotties are at Rochester Tuesday.

Two playoffs spots are still up for grabs in Section 2-A where one game separates Avella (7-5), Jefferson-Morgan (7-5) and Mapletown (6-6). The Eagles visit the Rockets, where the winner will clinch. The Maples host Bentworth.

Burgettstown has clinched in Section 3-A as it visits Northgate. The Flames need to beat the Blue Devils then win again and have Burgettstown lose on Thursday.

Four teams are fighting for at least two playoff spots in Section 4-A, and three matches Tuesday factor in the chase. St. Joseph (0-12) visits Vincentian Academy (6-6), Eden Christian (5-7) is at Springdale (3-9) and Trinity Christian (7-5) hosts Riverview (6-6).

Don Rebel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Don at [email protected] or via Twitter @TheDonRebel.

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