Return to state next on agenda

Henry Clay survived to win an always tough district tournament, and the No. 11 Devils are aiming to do the same in the 11th Region Tournament that gets under way this week at Madison Central.

This week, there's a trip to the state tournament on the line. Dale Grupe's group at Henry Clay will try to make a return trip there behind senior swatter Annalee Abell, who has committed to play for Georgetown University.

The Devils have won 10 straight and will face the tournament host in the first round on Tuesday.

Monday's games will include Bryan Station against Paul Dunbar, which took Henry Clay to three sets in the district title game.

Lexington Catholic, ranked No. 24 in the Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association poll, will meet Western Hills in Monday's other first-round game. The Knights have won four in a row and six of their last seven.

Monday's games could set up a contentious match between Catholic and Dunbar in Wednesday's semifinals.

Tuesday's other first-round game will pit Lexington Christian against Franklin County.