McCracken County begins its seventh-consecutive trip to the KHSAA state volleyball tournament at 2:30 p.m. Friday, taking on Notre Dame at Valley High School in Louisville.
The Lady Mustangs (32-8) successfully defended for the sixth time their First Region title last week, beating Graves County in straight sets at Hickman County High School.
The Lady Pandas (28-11), from Park Hills, Ky. – just outside Covington and 10 minutes from Cincinnati, Ohio – won the Ninth Region championship in straight sets over St. Henry last week.
Both teams went undefeated in region play this year.
KHSAA State Volleyball Tournament
Where: Valley High School, Louisville
First-Round games (Friday): Henderson County vs. Greenwood, 8:30 a.m.; McCracken County vs. Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m.; Assumption vs. Breathitt County, 11:30 a.m.; West Jessamine vs. Henry Clay, 5:30 p.m.; North Oldham vs. Floyd Central, 10 a.m.; Campbell County vs. Owensboro Catholic, 4 p.m.; Rowan County vs. Corbin, 7 p.m.; Mercy vs. Elizabethtown, 1 p.m.
Quarterfinals (Saturday): Hendo/Greenwood vs. McCracken/ND, 9 a.m.; Assumption/Breathitt vs. WJ/HC, 10:30 a.m.; NO/Floyd vs. Campbell/OCath, noon; Rowan/Corbin vs. Mercy/ETown, 1:30.
Semifinals (Saturday): Semifinal 1 (Henderson/Greenwood/ND/McCracken vs. Assumption/Breathitt/WJ/HC), 6 p.m.; Semifinal 2 (NO/Floyd/Campbell/OCath vs. Rowan/Corbin/Mercy/ETown), 7:30 p.m.
Championship match: 1, Sunday