High school volleyball: Airline opens Division I playoffs Wednesday

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Regardless of the outcome, the Airline Vikings will make history Wednesday.

Airline (17-6), the No. 17 seed, faces No. 16 Acadiana (16-12) in the first round of the Division I playoffs at 5:30 p.m. in Lafayette. It’s the first playoff game in the three-year history of the varsity program.

Airline made history last week by winning its first district volleyball championship. Acadiana finished third in District 2 with a 7-3 mark. District 2 champion Barbe is the No. 11 seed and runner-up Comeaux is No. 10.

Acadiana reached the second round last season, falling to eventual state champion Mt. Carmel in three sets. Mt. Carmel, the two-time defending state champion, did not lose a set in the playoffs.

The Airline-Acadiana winner will travel to New Orleans in the second round to play top-seeded Mt. Carmel, which received a first-round bye.

Airline is led by seniors Aspen Oliver, Cassie Bailey, Haylea Patterson, Lauren Pilcher and Ashley Haigler. Junior Kaylea Noble, sophomore Kate Blancaflor, sophomore Brooklyn Brandon and freshman Gabby Petronis have also contributed to the Lady Vikings’ success.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com