November 3, 2010
STATE-WIDE TELEVISION FOR VOLLEYBALL FINALS ON SATURDAY
Four top-ranked teams in their respective coaches poll, two of which are defending state champions, have advanced to the 39th Annual IHSAA Volleyball State Finals this Saturday (Nov. 6) at Ball State’s Worthen Arena in Muncie.
For the first time, all four state championship matches will be televised live to a state-wide audience on the IHSAA Champions Television Network which is made up of seven affiliates thoughout Indiana. Each match also may be seen via webstream at IHSAAtv.org. First serve of the Class A state championship match will be 2:37 pm ET, with the Class 2A match at 4 pm, 3A at 5:30 pm and 4A at 7 pm. Though any match could run long, no match will begin earlier than the time listed.
Penn (4A), Brebeuf Jesuit (3A), Muncie Burris (2A) and Lafayette Central Catholic (A) each sit atop their respective poll and hope to cap an outstanding season with a state championship on Saturday. Among those, Brebeuf Jesuit and Muncie Burris are defending state champions and are joined by another returning champion, Muncie Central, which won its sixth 4A tournament a year ago.
Lafayette Central Catholic (30-7) will make its third state finals appearance in four seasons and will be challenged by fifth-ranked Indianapolis Lutheran (27-11) making its third trip in a row. This will be the first time either school has played in the state championship match, however. To get here, Central Catholic beat No. 6 Wes-Del and No. 4 Pioneer in the semi-state while Lutheran beat No. 3 Barr-Reeve in five sets in the semi-state final. The Knights took a 2-1 decision in the regular season meeting between the two schools on Sept. 25.
The constant in Class 2A is Muncie Burris (38-0) which will play for its 14th consecutive state title and its 95th consecutive state tournament victory when it takes on fourth-ranked Fairfield (34-4). The Owls also have an 86-match win streak dating back to Oct. 13, 2008 when it lost to cross-town rival Muncie Central. Thanh Hornish is in her first season as Burris coach after taking over for legendary Steve Shondell who made the move to lead the Ball State women’s program in August after 34 years at Burris. Fairfield is no stranger to this level of the tourney nor to Burris as the Falcons have advanced to the finals for the fifth straight year. The two teams have met three times before with Burris winning in three sets in the 2006 championship match, in four sets in the 2007 state semifinals and in three sets in the 2008 semis. Fairfield turned away No. 6 Southwood in the semi-state, while Burris beat No. 3 Wapahani for the sectional championship and then swept No. 2 Brownstown Central last Saturday night.
Brebeuf Jesuit (31-2), winner of 25 straight, returns for the fourth consecutive year and will meet fourth-ranked Bellmont (33-4) in the 3A final match. Bellmont is making its fifth appearance in the state finals and first since its 2007 state championship season when it scored a four-set semifinal victory over Brebeuf. The Squaws enter this weekend with 18 straight wins, including a 3-1 victory over No. 3 Yorktown last Saturday night. During this year’s tourney trail, the Braves held on to win a five-setter over No. 2 Roncalli for the sectional title and swept No. 5 Batesville in the semi-state.
The 4A finale pits Penn (38-1) against third-ranked defending champion Muncie Central (34-4). The two squads met Sept. 11 with Penn taking a 3-1 decision. The Kingsmen will be playing in their second state title match and first since falling to Muncie Central in the last match of 2002. Penn held on for a 3-2 road win over No. 5 Elkhart Memorial in the regional and swept No. 4 LaPorte for the semi-state championship. Penn has won 32 straight since losing 2-1 to Muncie Burris on Aug. 28, its only setback this year. The Bearcats will play for the championship for the 11th time and are 6-4 in those matches. They’ve beaten three consecutive top 10 opponents in recent days. They turned away No. 10 Indianapolis Cathedral, 3-2, in a regional road meeting, its third over the Irish this season, then took 3-1 decisions from No. 8 Avon and No. 2 Columbus East in the semi-state matches.
Our Meet the Teamsfile contains rosters, statistics and season results for all eight state finalist teams.
The 39th Annual IHSAA Volleyball State Finals
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2010.
Worthen Arena, Ball State University, 2000 W. University Ave., Muncie.
Admission: $9 per person.
Arena Map | Parking | Court Layout | Muncie Hotels | Dining
Parking: Ball State University charges a $5 per vehicle all-day parking fee in the Worthen Arena lots. Any vehicle using more than one parking spot will be charged $10.
Television: All four state championship matches will be broadcast live on the IHSAA Champions Television Network.
Webcast: All four state championship matches will be streamed live on IHSAAtv.org.
Home Team: The teams advancing from the southern semi-state will be the designated home team. For Saturday’s matches, the home teams will be Indianapolis Lutheran, Muncie Burris, Brebeuf Jesuit and Muncie Central.
1 Lafayette Central Catholic (30-7) vs. 5 Indianapolis Lutheran (27-11). 2:37 pm ET
4 Fairfield (34-4) vs. 1 Muncie Burris (38-0). 4 pm ET
4 Bellmont (33-4) vs. 1 Brebeuf Jesuit (31-2). 5:30 pm ET
1 Penn (38-1) vs. 3 Muncie Central (34-4). 7 pm ET
Media Parking: There is no designated parking area for media at the venue. Please be aware that Ball State University does charge a $5 all-day parking fee in the Worthen Arena lots.
State Finals Media Credentials: Deadline is Thursday, Nov. 4, 4 pm ET. The 2010-11 IHSAA State Finals Media Credential issued previously this fall is good for admission. For those outlets without credentials and planning to cover the volleyball state finals, please apply by e-mailing your request (with name of individual applying) to IHSAA Sports Information Director Jason Wille (firstname.lastname@example.org). E-mail requests MUST originate from a recognized business account; e-mails from personal accounts (ie: yahoo.com, aol.com, etc.) will not be accepted. Approved requests will be available for pickup on Saturday at the ticket windows at Lower Level, Gate 1 of Worthen Arena.
Media Services: Members of the IHSAA staff will be on hand to assist in your coverage. Official programs will be available along with computer-generated box scores. Interviews may be conducted with coaches and players following their matches though we request your cooperation in holding your interviews until after the award ceremonies have concluded. The facility also is equipped for wireless internet access. See Sports Information Director Jason Wille on site for further information about this service.
Worthen Arena Media Work Room: Worthen Arena’s Media Work Room is located at Room 203 on the Main Level. Electrical power and phone lines will be available for use.
Media Seating: Except where seating is marked for specific media outlets with reserved phone lines, an open seating policy will be used along press row on Saturday.
Defending State Champions in the Field (3): Brebeuf Jesuit, Muncie Burris (13-time defending champ), Muncie Central.
Returning State Finalists (5): Brebeuf Jesuit, Fairfield, Indianapolis Lutheran, Muncie Burris, Muncie Central.
Former State Champions in the Field (4): Bellmont, Brebeuf Jesuit, Muncie Burris, Muncie Central.
2009 State Runners-Up in the Field: None.
First Time Participants (0): None.
Consecutive State Finals Appearances (Three of more years)
14: Muncie Burris.
4: Brebeuf Jesuit.
3: Indianapolis Lutheran, Muncie Central.
86: Muncie Burris (dates back to 2008).
25: Brebeuf Jesuit.
Consecutive State Tournament Victories
Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Poll (Final Regular Season)
94: Muncie Burris (dates back to 1997).
13: Brebeuf Jesuit, Muncie Central (dates to 2009).
2. Columbus East; 3. Muncie Central;
4. LaPorte; 5. Elkhart Memorial; 6. New Albany; 7. Harrison (West Lafayette); 8. Avon; 9. Hamilton Southeastern; 10. Indianapolis Cathedral.
1. Brebeuf Jesuit;
2. Roncalli; 3. Yorktown; 4. Bellmont;
5. Batesville; 6. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard; 7. Mishawaka Marian; 8. Knox; 9. Silver Creek; 10. Mount Vernon (Fortville).
1. Muncie Burris;
2. Brownstown Central; 3. Wapahani; 4. Fairfield;
5. Eastern Greene; 6. Southwood; 7. Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter; 8. Southwestern (Hanover); 9. Hauser; 10. Providence.
1. Lafayette Central Catholic;
2. Loogootee; 3. Barr-Reeve; 4. Pioneer; 5. Indianapolis Lutheran;
6. Wes-Del; 7. Trinity Lutheran; 8. Washington Township; 9. Lakewood Park Christian; 10. Cowan.
INDY’S MOBAREKI NAMED OUTSTANDING VOLLEYBALL OFFICIAL
Kosmo Mobareki of Indianapolis is the recipient of the 2010 Interscholastic Athletic Official Association Award for excellence in the sport of volleyball. Mobareki will be honored in a special ceremony at Saturday’s state finals tournament.
Each year, the Indiana High School Athletic Association, in cooperation with the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association, recognizes and honors an outstanding official in each of 11 sports during the school year.
During his career, Mobareki has worked 16 sectionals, 16 regionals, and three state finals along with numerous collegiate and professional matches.
Mobareki was selected for this honor by a committee representing the official’s associations. In Indiana there are 26 associations made up of men and women who give up much of their personal time to assist in providing wholesome, worthwhile, and healthy activities for the student athletes in our state. Statewide, there are more than 8,000 officials licensed by the IHSAA in 11 sports.
A licensed referee for 21 years, Mobareki has also been an IHSAA clinician. He is a member of the Fall Creek Officials Association, for whom he has also served as a clinician and rules interpreter for several years. He served as volleyball chairman from 1992-94 as well as volleyball president from 1994-98. He is also a licensed basketball official.
Mobareki is a 1980 graduate of the University of Chicago, where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice. He currently works for Bleeker Law Firm in the Investigation and Research Department.
FOOTBALL SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS FRIDAY
All 40 sectional championship games in the 38th Annual IHSAA Football State Tournament presented by the Indianapolis Colts are scheduled for this Friday night.
The winners at each site will advance to a regional championship game the following weekend. Scores from each game will be posted to the IHSAA website on Friday night along with regional matchups.
Six of Friday’s games pit a pair of ranked teams against one another according to the final regular season poll from the Indiana Football Coaches Association. Each is listed below.
The 4A game between top-ranked Evansville Reitz (11-0) at Evansville Central (9-2) will be televised live locally by ABC affiliate WEHT 25 and streamed at IHSAAtv.org.
Friday, Nov. 5, 2010.
7 pm local time or as determined by host school.
$6.00 per person.
Sectional Brackets: 5A | 4A | 3A | 2A | A
Regional, Semi-State, State Finals Brackets: 5A | 4A | 3A | 2A | A
Active Sectional Championship Streaks (among teams still alive)
9: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard.
4: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Indianapolis Cathedral.
3: Andrean, Fort Wayne Snider, Linton-Stockton.
Most Consecutive Sectional Championships
19 by Hobart, 1979-97.
Top 10 All-Time Sectional Championships
20: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard.
19: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Hobart, Jimtown.
18: Ben Davis, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Penn.
17: Fort Wayne Snider, Sheridan.
Sectional Championship Games involving Two Ranked Teams (Coaches Association poll)
7 Hamilton Southeastern (10-1) at 9 Fishers (10-1).
2 Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (10-0) at 10 Columbia City (10-1).
4 Leo (10-1) at 1 Eastbrook (11-0).
6 Wheeler (11-0) at 2 Rensselaer Central (11-0).
9 Shenandoah (11-0) at 7 Speedway (10-1).
2 Pioneer (10-1) at 1 Lafayette Central Catholic (11-0).
STATE STATISTICAL LEADERS
The following lists of statistical leaders are compiled by VarVee.com, the IHSAA’s official statistics gathering partner. The IHSAA encourages each of its member schools to participate by registering at www.varvee.com and updating statistics by each Monday through the end of the season. Weekly reports will be issued each Tuesday throughout the season.
Football: State Statistical Leaders | Weekly Report
Volleyball: State Statistical Leaders | Weekly Report
Boys Soccer: State Statistical Leaders | Weekly Report
Girls Soccer: State Statistical Leaders | Weekly Report
Boys Tennis: State Statistical Leaders
Girls Golf: State Statistical Leaders