CONYERS - The quest for state tournament berths in volleyball begins this evening.
Two of the six local squads - Salem and Alcovy - will be in action today as the area volleyball tournaments begin and continue through Saturday.
Newton (13-14) is scheduled to start play in the Area 2-AAAAA tournament Friday at Luella High School in Locust Grove.
The Lady Rams, the No. 5 seed, will take on Warner Robins, the No. 4 seed, at 6:30 p.m.
The tournament concludes Saturday with Newton playing its second match at 11 a.m., if the Lady Rams lose to Warner Robins, or noon, if they beat Warner Robins.
The Lady Seminoles (0-22) travel to Winder to face host team Apalachee (14-19) in a play-in game at 5:30 p.m. today. The winner will advance to play Monroe Area (29-6), the Area 8-AAAA South champion, in the first round of Saturday's double-elimination tournament in Monroe.
Heritage and Rockdale have already locked up their spots in the area tournament bracket.
The Lady Patriots (24-17), who finished second in Area 8-AAAA South, will face Winder-Barrow (13-12), the No. 3 seed from 8-AAAA North, in the opening round Saturday at 9 a.m.
The Lady Bulldogs (21-18), who placed third in 8-AAAA South, will square with Cedar Shoals (8-11), the No. 2 seed from Region 8-AAAA North, also at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Alcovy (5-22) begins play today against top-seeded Jonesboro (33-13) in the Area 4-AAAA tournament at Ola High School in McDonough.
Win or lose against Jonesboro, the Lady Tigers, who are the No. 8 seed, are scheduled to play again in the double-elimination tournament today at 7:30 p.m.
The tournament concludes Saturday at Ola.
Eastside (17-21) will face Jackson County (2-21) in the opening match of the Area 8-AAA tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oconee County High School in Watkinsville.
The double-elimination tournament, which features only five teams, will start and end Saturday.
Jeff Gillespie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.