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Fourth-seeded Verndale volleyers to host Menahga

The fourth-seeded Verndale Pirates will open West II Sub-Section 5A volleyball play Thursday hosting No. 5 Menahga in a 7 p.m. game.

The winner of the Verndale-Menahga game squares off in a 7 p.m. game Friday with No. 1-ranked Bertha-Hewitt at Bertha. In the other semifinal match Friday, No. 2 Sebeka will host the winner of No. 3 Browerville and No. 6 Eagle Valley at 7 p.m.

The huge Section 5A tournament will see 25 teams vying for a berth in the state tournament. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa is the top-rated team in the other West Sub-Section match. The top two teams in the East playoffs are Nevis and Pillager.

Sub-Section 5A playoff action will continue at the highest remaining seed Nov. 2 and will move to Pierz Nov. 4. where the East and West Sub-Section championships will be decided. The Section 5A title match is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in Pierz.