Padua earns top seed in DIAA Volleyball State Tournament

Padua earns top seed in DIAA Volleyball State Tournament

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Padua earns top seed in DIAA Volleyball State Tournament

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Defending state champion Padua earned the top seed when pairings for the DIAA Volleyball State Tournament were released today.

The Pandas (15-0) will meet Blue Hen Flight B champion St. Georges (10-5), the 16th seed, in the first round at 6 p.m. Saturday at Polytech. Padua’s gym lacks adequate seating capacity for tournament play.

Archmere (12-3) earned the No. 2 seed and will host No. 15 Wilmington Friends (6-9) at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday’s four first-round doubleheaders will be played at Polytech, St. Mark’s, Archmere and Dickinson. Quarterfinal doubleheaders will be played Nov. 5 at St. Elizabeth and St. Mark’s, with the semifinal doubleheader to be played Nov. 7 at St. Mark’s. The final will be held Nov. 11 at the Bob Carpenter Center, with the third-place match to start at 5 p.m. and the championship match to follow.

Tickets for all first-round and quarterfinal matches are $5. Semifinal tickets are $6, and championship tickets are $8. Tickets for semifinal and championship matches may be purchased online at www.diaa.ticketleap.com.

Saturday’s first-round matches

No. 16 St. Georges (10-5) vs. No. 1 Padua (15-0) at Polytech, 6

No. 9 Smyrna (12-3) at No. 8 Polytech (14-2), 7

No. 13 Cape Henlopen (11-4) at No. 4 St. Mark’s (12-3), 6

No. 12 Caesar Rodney (12-3) vs. No. 5 Charter of Wilmington (13-2) at St. Mark’s, 7

No. 15 Wilmington Friends (6-9) at No. 2 Archmere (12-3), 6

No. 10 Concord (12-3) vs. No. 7 A.I. du Pont (12-3) at Archmere, 4

No. 14 Wilmington Christian (10-5) vs. No. 3 Delaware Military Academy (12-2) at Dickinson, 7

No. 11 Tower Hill (12-3) vs. No. 6 Caravel (10-5) at Dickinson, 7

Quarterfinals (Nov. 5)

St. Mark’s-Cape Henlopen winner vs. Charter of Wilmington-Caesar Rodney winner at St. Elizabeth, 6

Padua-St. Georges winner vs. Polytech-Smyrna winner at St. Elizabeth, 7

DMA-Wilmington Christian winner vs. Caravel-Tower Hill winner at St. Mark’s, 6

Archmere-Friends winner vs. A.I. du Pont-Concord winner at St. Mark’s, 7

Semifinals (Nov. 7)

At St. Mark’s, first match at 6 p.m.

Championship (Nov. 11)

At Bob Carpenter Center

Third-place match at 5 p.m., championship match to follow

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