The North Carolina High School Athletic Associateion (NCHSAA) Boardof Directors, in conjunction with commissioner Que Tucker, have approved changes to the playoff calendar for fall sports, including volleyball, in the 2018 North Carolina high school season. Several regular season contests in fall sports were cancelled, and continue to be cancelled, after Hurricane Florence ripped through the eastern Carolinas, causing devastation in the region.
In volleyball, specifically, teams affected by the Hurricane have been given permission to exceed the normal limitation of 5 matches a week through October 20th – though daily limitations remain.
The updated NC Volleyball playoff schedule:
- Seeding: October 22nd (changed from October 18th)
- First Round: October 23rd
- Second Round: October 25th
- Third Round: October 27th
- Fourth Round: October 30th
- Semifinals: November 1st
- State Championship: November 3rd (no change)
“The complexity of adjusting dates for playoff rounds and state championships in fall sports are difficult even in the best of times; however, we must do everything in our power to do what is best for the students who participate in our programs across the state,” said Commissioner Que Tucker. “Minimizing risk of injury while providing a wholesome athletic environment that supports and enriches the educational experience for our student-athletes must always be paramount in our decision making.”
Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach close to the North Carolina/South Carolina coast on September 14th. Latest counts have 44 deaths in the Carolinas and Virginia blamed on the storm. Estimates have $22 billion in damage blamed on the storm, with Moody’s estimating up to $50 billion in economic cost to the areas hit.