It's going to take a gargantuan effort to keep Henry Clay from making its first trip back to the volleyball state tournament since 2007.
As the 11th Region volleyball tournament begins at Lexington Christian this week, the fifth-ranked Devils are in the driver's seat.
They have won 14 straight matches without losing a set. Their last loss was on Sept. 11, and they haven't lost a game to an in-state foe since Greenwood did it on the first day of the season.
The Devils (37-4) will meet Woodford County (13-15) in the first round.
But Paul Laurence Dunbar could be waiting in the wings if both teams manage to get to the championship game for the third straight time.
The No. 11 Bulldogs (26-11) are the two-time defending region champions and would like to add a third title with a big upset. They will meet Scott County (15-12) in the first round.
If it advances, Dunbar could get a semifinal meeting with either Bryan Station (19-14) or Lexington Catholic (11-21).
The Defenders, who won their fourth straight district championship last week, have won eight of their last nine games with the only loss coming to Henry Clay. They dropped the Knights 2-1 already this season.
Lexington Christian (13-13) gets a first-round match with Madison Southern (14-14). The Eagles have won two in a row, including their district championship over Catholic last week.