Among the eight teams, there are a combined 10 state semifinal appearances, two state championships and a state runners-up. that includes Independence, which went 26-2 and reached the Division III state semifinals a year ago.
Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin is also in the field, three years removed from winning back-to-back Div. II state titles in 2014 and 2015. Along with host Norwalk, also in the field is Parma Heights Holy Name, Holland Springfield, Lexington, Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown and Tiffin Calvert.
In the opening round, Norwalk (1-1) faces Tiffin Calvert, while NDCL takes on Holy Name. In the bottom half, it will be Springfield taking on Lexington and Independence vs. Hathaway Brown.
First round matches are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Semifinal matches are slated for 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., followed by placement matches at 2 p.m. The championship match and third-place match are tentatively scheduled for 3:15 p.m.
All-day admission is $6 for adult and $5 for students and children.
SBC leaders highlight Norwalk Doubles Invite
Also on Saturday is the Norwalk doubles tennis Invitational, which was postponed two weeks from Aug. 20 because of inclement weather.
Much like volleyball, the eight-team field is also a strong one.
Along with host Norwalk, the field includes Bellevue, Clyde, Findlay, Shelby and Willard. Two junior varsity teams have also been added to the field to make it a complete eight-team tournament, as Amherst and Ashland were forced to back out because of the schedule change.
Host Norwalk is off to an 8-1 start (4-0 SBC Lake) and returns Division I district qualifiers Megan Berry and Jordan Gran. Willard (5-1, 3-0) and Edison (6-1, 3-0) are the top two teams from the SBC Bay division.
The Flashes are also a veteran team, with Emma Moll, Addie Paxton, Jo Brubaker and Kennedy Daub all back as Div. II district qualifiers. Edison No. 1 singles standout Mariah Medina also reached the district level in 2017.
Also in the field is last year’s winner, Clyde (2-4, 1-1). Though the Fliers haven’t been as dominant this month as past years, they are still a program that has won the last six SBC championships.
The tournament is expected to begin at 9 a.m. at the Norwalk Middle School courts.