HUTCH VOLLEYBALL OPENS POSTSEASON WITH PRATT

The Blue Dragon Volleyball Team plays host to Pratt at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the opening round of the Region VI Tournament at the Sports Arena. (Casey Bailey/Blue Dragon Sports Information)
The Blue Dragon Volleyball Team plays host to Pratt at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the opening round of the Region VI Tournament at the Sports Arena. (Casey Bailey/Blue Dragon Sports Information)

Hutchinson CC Sports Information

The Hutchinson Community College volleyball team will open the 2018 Region VI Tournament at home on Wednesday.

The Pratt Beavers will be Hutchinson's opening-round opponent with the match time set for 6:30 p.m. at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

This will be Hutchinson's eighth-consecutive postseason opening-round home match.

The Blue Dragons (17-15) are the No. 3 seed in the eight-team tournament field. Jayhawk West champion Seward County is the top seed and Colby is No. 2. The four opening-round winners will play in Liberal at Seward County's Green House on Sunday, November 4. Times are to be determined. Pratt (13-20) is the No. 6 tournament seed,

The Hutchinson-Pratt winner will meet the Colby-Independence winner in the Region VI semifinals.

This will be Hutchinson's first postseason meeting with Pratt since the 2015 Region VI semifinals, a four-set Blue Dragon victory. Before that, the last postseason meeting was 2009 in Dodge City when Hutchinson and Pratt met three times in the state tournament (the format was double-elimination in 2009). The Dragons won 2 of the 3 matches, winning the decisive championship match in three sets.

Hutchinson is the defending Region VI champions, defeating Garden City in the opening round and Colby and Seward County last year in Liberal.

2018 REGION VI VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

Opening Round
Wednesday, October 31 (home sites)
Dodge City (7-23) at Seward County (27-5), 6:30 p.m.
Butler (15-14) at Barton (21-14), 6:30 p.m.
Pratt (13-20) at Hutchinson (17-15), 6:30 p.m.
Independence (8-19) at Colby (26-3), 6:30 p.m.

Semifinals and Championship
Sunday, November 4 (At Green House, Liberal)
TBA – Dodge/Seward winner vs. Butler/Barton Winner
TBA – Hutch/Pratt winner vs. Indy/Colby winner
TBA – Semifinal winners