MONROE — After a shortened regular season brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, four Union County volleyball teams have advanced to the state playoffs.
The first round of the state tournaments will begin on Tuesday. Sun Valley, Marvin Ridge and Weddington made the 3A bracket, while Porter Ridge is playing in the 4A tournament.
The highest-ranked team in the county is Sun Valley, which earned the No. 2 seed in the 3A west after going 11-1 in the regular season and becoming the first team other than Marvin Ridge to win an SCC regular season championship in conference history.
The Spartans host South Iredell on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Vikings earned a wildcard spot in the tournament after going 9-4 overall and finishing second in the North Piedmont Conference.
Marvin Ridge is the No. 11 seed in the 3A west after earning an automatic bid as the SCC’s second-place team this season. The Mavericks are arguably the hottest team in the county heading into the tournament, having won six of their past seven matches.
The Mavericks will travel for the first round of the playoffs and will take on No. 6 seed Kings Mountain in the first round. The Mountaineers are 11-1 this season and their lone loss came to Ardrey Kell, a 4A team.
Weddington squeaked into the 3A bracket as a wildcard and is the No. 14 seed in the 3A west after finishing third in the SCC with a regular season record of 10-4. The Warriors will take on No. 3 seed North Iredell, which went 13-0 in the regular season and won the North Piedmont Conference.
Sun Valley was 2-0 against Weddington and 1-1 against Marvin Ridge this season while the Warriors and Mavericks also split their two regular season meetings.
Porter Ridge (11-3) earned the No. 9 seed in the 4A west after finishing second in the Southwestern 4A Conference.
The Pirates, who have won six of their past seven matches, will face No. 8 seed Ardrey Kell in the first round on Tuesday. The Knights went 11-3 in the regular season, finishing second in the South Meck 7 Conference.