The final Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association Poll was released with the regular season over and the postseason set to begin.

The only thing really matters is the results for the top 8 at the State Volleyball Tournament in a couple of weeks.

The final Class A poll was unchanged from the past couple weeks with Minneota on top, Russell-Tyler-Ruthon second, Mayer Lutheran third, Bethlehem Academy fourth, Mabel-Canton fifth, Kenyon-Wanamingo sixth, Spring Grove ninth.

Section 1A is going to be packed as always with some great volleyball.  BA, Mabel-Canton, Kenyon-Wanamingo and Spring Grove all capable of representing the section at state.

Zumbrota finished second behind Nova Classical (which is undefeated) in Class AA with Cannon Falls finishing 6th.  Belle Plaine stayed at #8 despite losses to #6 Stewartville and then top ranked Champlin Park last week.

Class 3A has had Marshall on top all season and Willmar in the second spot for most of the regular season.  Kasson-Mantorville is #3 with eight losses, Stewartville #6 with 10 losses, Byron #8 with 8 losses.  New Prague is 14-13 rated #9 in the final AAA poll.

A new team sits atop the largest school class in the final poll.  Lakeville North is #1.  Northfield stays at #4 after running the table on the Big Nine Conference.  Lakeville South is #7, Eagan #9.

The complete rankings are below.  It's always fun to see who the top 8 at state are but of course many of these teams are in the same section as noted earlier in the 1A section.

Class 1A
1. Minneota
2. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton
3. Mayer Lutheran
4. Faribault Bethlehem Academy
5. Mabel-Canton
6. Kenyon-Wanamingo
9. Spring Grove
Also Receiving Votes:  Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Ely.
Class 2A
1. Nova Classical
2. Zumbrota-Mazeppa
3. Pequot Lakes
4. Southwest Christian
5. Sauke Centre
6. Cannon Falls
7. Annandale
8. Belle Plaine
10. Concordia Academy
Also Receiving Votes:  Albany, Pipestone.
Class 3A
1. Marshall
2. Willmar
3. Kasson-Mantorville
4. Grand Rapids
5. Benilde-St. Margaret's
6. Stewartville
7. Holy Angels Academy
8. Byron
9. New Prague
Also Receiving Votes:  Delano.
Class 4A
1. Lakeville North
2. Champlin Park
3. Wayzata
4. Northfield
5. East Ridge
6. Rogers
7. Lakeville South
8. Chaska
9. Eagan
10. St. Michael-Albertville
Also Receiving Votes:  Rochester Mayo.

Let the playoff matches begin.

In MSHSL Class 1A first round contests Southland defeated Kingsland in Spring Valley 3-1 to earn a road trip to Faribault to play top seed Bethlehem Academy Thursday night.

#3 seed Kenyon-Wanamingo will have Leroy-Ostrander come into the Castle Thursday night in a match that will be on KDHL Radio, 920 AM, 97.9 FM, FREE KDHL app.

The Cardinals flew by Lyle-Pacelli in straight sets Monday night.

Mabel-Canton hosts Glenville-Emmons Thursday after the Wolverines downed Schaeffer Academy of Rochester in four sets.

Quarterfinals are on Halloween night at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.  If BA wins Thursday they would play the winner of the Thursday match between #9 seed Rushford-Peterson and #9 seed Randolph.

On the same side of the bracket #4 Spring Grove tangles with #13 Houston and #5 Fillmore Central hosts #12 Wabasha-Kellogg.

On the other side of the bracket #2 Mabel-Canton if they win will go up against the winner of #7 Alden-Conger and #10 Grand Meadow.

If Kenyon-Wanamingo prevails Thursday they play Halloween night in Rochester at 7:30 against the victor in the #6 seed Hayfield vs. #11 Lanesboro match.

The Semifinals are November 3, 2022 at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. in Rochester with the Section title match at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 5, 2022 in the Mayo Civic Arena.

In Section 1AA top seed Zumbrota-Mazeppa will host Lewiston-Altura Thursday night following the Monday sweep by the Cardinals over Dover-Eyota.

It was the only first round match (play-in) of the Section.

There are some interesting matchups Thursday with #8 Medford hosting #9 Blooming Prairie in a all Gopher Conference tilt.  The winner would go to Rochester to possibly go up against Z-M.

#13 Rochester Lourdes is at #4 Caledonia.  #5 Goodhue hosts #12 Triton Thursday night.

On the other side of the bracket #2 seed Cannon Falls opens postseason action with #15 seed Plainview-Elgin-Millville Thursday night in the Bombers Hangar.

#10 Pine Island goes to #7 Cotter in Winona. The winner could play Cannon Falls in Rochester at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

#3 Chatfield hosts #14 St. Charles and #6 Lacrescent has #11 Lake City come to their gym Thursday.  The victors are the other 7:30 p.m. match Tuesday in Rochester.

The Section 1AA title match is scheduled for Noon on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at the Rochester Mayo Civic Center Arena.

Section 1AAA play opens Wednesday, October 26, 2022 with top seed Kasson-Mantorville hosting Austin and #2 seed Stewartville going up against Winona.

#4 seed Faribault hosts #5 Red Wing on POWER 96 Radio, 95.9FM with Roy Koenig on the call beginning 6:45 p.m.  The winner would more than likely play at Kasson on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

I will have MIAC Conference volleyball on KDHL 920 AM, 97.9FM, FREE KDHL app, website Wednesday when Carleton travels to Augsburg. Coverage starts at 6:45 p.m.

On the other side of the Class 1AAA bracket #3 Byron has #6 Albert Lea in the Cave trying to get to the Semifinals more than likely at Stewartville.

The Section final in 1AAA is scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. start on Saturday, November 5, 2022 in Rochester.

Section 1AAAA Northfield is the top seed and opens the tournament with #8 Rochester John Marshall.  #4 seed Rochester Mayo has #5 Rochester Century Wednesday, October 26, 2022.  The victor probably going to Northfield on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 for a 7:00 p.m. match.

#2 seed and #1 MVCA rated Lakeville North has Owatonna coming to their place on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. while #3 Lakeville South has #6 Farmington make the short trip to Lakeville Wednesday.

The winners collide Tuesday at the high seed with the Section Final scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at the Rochester Mayo Civic Center on Saturday, November 5, 2022.

Section 2A North and South Subsections begin competition on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at the high seeds.

#1 North Mayer Lutheran will host #9 Nicollet after a 4 set win over #8 Lester Prairie.

#3 seed New Ulm Cathedral has #6 Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart in New Ulm.

#2 seed BOLD hosts #7 Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop.

The Quarterifinals are Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at Sibley East High School.

Section 2A South top seed Cleveland will play Martin Luther/Granada Huntley- East Chain after the #9 seed won a five set match at #8 United South Central Monday.

#7 Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton swept Loyola to advance to play #2 Cedar Mountain on Thursday.

South Quarterfinals are played at St. Peter High School on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 while the Semifinals are Thursday, November 3, 2022 at Mankto East High School.

The Section 2A Championship will be Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Peter High School.

Section 2AA also has Subsection competition with New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva receiving the top seed in the South and Southwest Christian the top seed in the North Subsection.

The Panthers open play Thursday, October 27, 2022 against #8 seed Minnesota Valley Lutheran.  The winner will square off against the victor in the #4 Waseca vs #5 Maple River match on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at Mankato East High School.

#2 seed Waterville-Elysian-Morristown hosts #7 St. Clair Thursday.  The winner plays 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at Mankato East High School against the #3 Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial vs #6 Blue Earth Area winner.

Semifinals are scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Thursday, November 3, 2022 at New Prague High School.

Section 2AAA starts Wednesday, October 26, 2022 when defending State Champion Marshall hosts Mankato East at 7:00 p.m.  #4 seed Mankato West entertains #5 Hutchinson.  Semifinals are at the high seed on Friday, October 28, 2022.

On the other side of the bracket #2 seed Willmar has #7 Worthington come to their gym while #3 St. Peter has #6 New Ulm in the Saints gym.

The MSHSL Bracket does not list the Section title match site on Thursday, November 3, 2022.  It says to be determined.

Section 2AAAA also does not list the site for the title match.

Top seed Chaska received a bye in the 7 team section so they don't have to play when the tournament opens on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at the high seed.

#4 Chanhassen has #5 Waconia in Chanhassen Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

The winner would play Chaska.  The bracket does not list time or place for the Semifinals either.

#7 Shakopee goes to #2 Minnetonka on Tuesday and #3 Eden Prairie entertains #6 Prior Lake.

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