The ninth-ranked Blinn Buccaneers will open the Region XIV Conference Volleyball Tournament against the Paris Lady Dragons at 10 a.m. Thursday in Baytown, the league announced today.
The regional tournament will be played under a new eight-team, double-elimination format this season, making it a four-day event running Thursday through Sunday at Lee College. After the Buccaneers and Lady Dragons play in the tournament’s first game, Panola and Laredo will play at noon, Tyler and Wharton will play at 2 p.m. and Trinity Valley and San Jacinto will play at 4 p.m.
Second-round games would then be played Friday. If the Bucs defeat Paris, they would then play the Tyler-Wharton winner at 2 p.m. Friday.
The championship game will be played at 2 p.m. Sunday, and if the team from the elimination bracket wins that match, the teams would play one more time at 4 p.m. to determine the regional champion. Both finalists will advance to the NJCAA National Championships held Nov. 15-17 on the campus of Missouri State University-West Plains.
In previous years the region’s two conferences held separate four-team, single-elimination tournaments with the winner of each advancing to nationals.
For more information on Blinn volleyball, visit www.buccaneersports.com.