Regional action in high gear this week

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- After a full week of district action, area soccer and volleyball teams will be back in action this week for regional play at various venues around Louisville.

It was mostly good news for the seven area teams still alive as the draws went as well as could be hoped.

Volleyball Repeat

Incredibly, the Sixth Region Volleyball Tournament has the exact same eight teams as a year ago and over and above that the four quarter-finals pit the same teams as a year ago.

Bullitt Central will work to make it a second straight trip to the semi-finals as they will host Beth Haven on Monday in a 6 p.m. match.

This is not your normal Beth Haven type team as they have posted a 21-7 record. It took the Lady Cougars five games to dispatch the Bearcats last year.

The two teams did not meet during the season, but Beth Haven did split a pair of matches with North Bullitt.

Unfortunately, a win over Beth Haven will put the Lady Cougars up against Mercy in the semi-fiinals. The Jaguars have won over Sixth Region Tournament since the Bullitt County teams joined in 2012.

Bullitt East and North Bullitt are in the upper bracket but have tough matches once again. The Lady Chargers have a tough Butler foe, the team that reached the championship game a year ago.

North Bullitt will take on Holy Cross.

Girls’ Soccer

There is no early round meeting of the three top teams in the Sixth Region as there was a year ago when North Bullitt and Mercy met in round one.

The fireworks could be in the semi-finals on Wednesday as Bullitt East and North Bullitt could collide for the sixth time in the past seven years in the post-season.

The wildcard is suddenly Bullitt Central after a strong showing in the 2-1 loss to North Bullitt in the 23rd District final.

The Lady Cougars open with Butler, a team they had a scoreless tie with just a few weeks ago.

It has been several years since it last happened, but it has happened that Bullitt County has had three of the four semi-finalist in girls’ soccer.

The final is set for Friday at 6 p.m. at Mercy.

Boys’ Soccer

Bullitt East head coach Mike Brangers could not have laid out a better draw than the one he got.

The Chargers open with Moore, a team that they tied 5-5 during the regular season.

The better news is that Sixth Region favorites Butler and Fern Creek are in the upper half of the bracket. 

The final is Saturday at 2 p.m. at DeSales.