The brackets for the 2021 CIAC Girls Volleyball State Tournament were released on Friday and eight of the 11 area programs qualified.
Goodwin Tech was the only team to receive a bye as it earned a top-five seed in Class M, while Bristol Eastern will head into the Class L tournament two days after it competes for the CCC crown Saturday. The first round throughout every class is set to begin Monday, Nov. 8.
Berlin, St. Paul and Terryville were the three local teams that did not qualify.
In Class LL, Southington (14-4), Bristol Central (14-6) and New Britain (9-9) slotted in, with the Blue Knights taking the best seed at No. 8.
Southington will host 25th-ranked Fairfield Warde (9-10), No. 15 Central will welcome No. 18 Farmington (10-9), while New Britain, the 21st seed, will travel to 12th-seeded Fairfield Ludlowe (14-5). The Hurricanes' game is set for 5 p.m., while the Blue Knights and Rams will begin at 6 p.m.
Southington and New Britain will play each of the Fairfield teams for the first time this season, but Central and Farmington's game will serve as a rematch to its earlier meeting on Oct. 1 in which the Rams won 3-1.
Eastern (14-5) and Newington (10-9) were the two teams to make it into the Class L tournament as the Lancers grabbed the 10th seed while the Nor'easters nabbed the 22nd spot.
The Lancers will play at home against No. 23 Torrington (10-10) and the Nor'easters will play at 11th-seeded Simsbury (14-5), which will also play Saturday as Eastern's opponent in the CCC title game. The Trojans beat Newington 3-0 on Sept. 21.
Two years ago in the previous Class L tournament, the Lancers were the top seed, but lost to No. 8 Woodstock in the quarterfinal round, 3-2. Both first-round matchups will start at 6 p.m.
In Class M, Plainville (15-5) and the Gladiators (17-3) qualified as the ninth and fifth seeds, respectively.
The Blue Devils will host No. 24 Abbott Tech (9-11) in the first round, while Goodwin Tech will play the winner of 12th-ranked Wolcott and 21st-ranked Waterford on Wednesday in the second round.
The Gladiators will have two extra days to prepare after its CTC championship game on Saturday, as Goodwin Tech will meet Wolcott Tech for the title.
Plainville's contest is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.
Lastly, Innovation (11-9) is the only area Class S team in the state tournament.
The Ravens received the 17th seed and will play at No. 16 Norwich Tech (11-9) at 5 p.m.
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