By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The Quincy Junior High School eighth-grade volleyball team is one victory away from a state championship.
It's not the only area team in that position.
The Southeastern eighth-grade team also advanced to the state title match, and both will play Tuesday for the crown in their respective classes.
In Class 8-4A, QJHS won a pair of matches Saturday. The Comets opened with a 25-16, 25-10 victory over Steger Columbia as Schay Mulherin had 14 service points and two aces, while Allison Sparrow had eight service points and two aces.
In the semifinals, QJHS knocked out Mattoon 25-16, 25-19. Mulherin led the Comets with 13 service points, while Callie Lambert had eight service points and four aces. Lambert also had four kills in the first set, while Sidney Heck had five kills.
The Comets (22-2) will face Normal Kingsley (22-3) at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in the championship match at Normal Kingsley Junior High School.
Meanwhile, in Class 8-2A, Southeastern opened the state tourney with a 20-25, 25-21, 25-16 victory over Mount Pulaski as Madison Fox had 11 service points and three aces. The Lady Suns then beat Bloomington Holy Trinity 25-17, 25-19 to advance. Southeastern had nine aces in the match.
Southeastern (25-0) will face Gardner (23-1) at 6:45 p.m. at Lewistown High School.