By Josh Brown
MIAMI COUNTY — The Troy soccer and volleyball teams will be hoping that the number four is a lucky one this year.
The Trojans earned the No. 4 seed in all three of the Division I sectional tournament brackets this season — in boys and girls soccer and in volleyball — and all three will face some tough competition if they want to advance to the district level.
* Boys Soccer
The Troy boys soccer team has yet to lose heading into the regular season’s final week, with only Tuesday night’s matchup against Piqua remaining (which was not complete at time of press).
The Trojans still drew the No. 4 seed in the Division I sectional tournament, though, and their path to a potential district berth will not be an easy one.
In the first round, Troy is matched up against No. 16 Fairborn — which the Trojans defeated 1-0 early in the season. Awaiting the winner in the second round is No. 5 Fairmont, which Troy did not play in the regular season … but which ended Troy’s season last year in the sectional tournament. And in the lower half of the bracket, No. 2 seed Springboro will compete with No. 10 Tecumseh, No. 15 Piqua and No. 17 Stebbins to get to the sectional title game.
In D-II, the Tippecanoe Red Devils earned the No. 3 seed despite a 12-1-1 record. Alter — which handed the Devils their only loss of the year — was No. 1 and is in a different bracket. Tippecanoe, meanwhile, will have to contend with either No. 5 Bellbrook or No. 10 Dunbar after a first-round matchup against No. 13 Trotwood. And the sectional final will likely be a rematch against No. 2 Carroll, which defeated the Devils in last year’s sectional final.
In D-III, the Troy Christian Eagles earned the No. 2 seed with a 12-1-1 record and took a first-round bye, awaiting the winner between No. 15 Lehman and No. 16 Greenview. No. 11 Newton and No. 23 Southeastern also skipped the first round and will play each other in the sectional semifinal in the lower half of that bracket.
Cross County Conference rivals will likely face a rematch in the second round, as No. 6 Bethel will face No. 28 National Trail to start — with No. 8 Miami East waiting in the second round. No. 5 Catholic Central is the likely sectional final opponent for the winner.
No. 19 Milton-Union took a bye in the first round and will likely face fourth-seeded Yellow Springs, which faces No. 27 Tri-County North in the first round. No. 9 Botkins, No. 10 West Liberty-Salem and No. 18 Northwestern await on the other side of the bracket.
The Troy volleyball team has reached the district final three times in the last four years, as well as twice in a row.
Last year, it went in as a No. 1 seed, but this season the Trojans will go in as the No. 4. After an easy first-round match against No. 20 Frankin, the Trojans could face No. 6 Butler, a division rival, for a third time this season, as Butler takes on No. 19 West Carrollton. Awaiting in the sectional final will likely be 17-3 Springboro, the No. 2 seed.
In D-II, Tippecanoe swept all of the third seeds in the tournament, going 15-5 and drawing a first-round game against No. 12 Meadowdale. No. 5 Urbana awaits in the second round, with top-seeded Ben Logan — and old division rival of the Devils before they made the move to the Greater Western Ohio Conference this year — battling No. 7 Greenon, No. 8 Chaminade Julienne and No. 14 Belmont in the other half of the bracket.
Miami East drew the No. 1 seed in the D-III sectional and will look to begin its return journey to state with No. 21 Northridge in the first round. The highest seed they would face in the sectional would be either No. 7 Preble Shawnee or No. 8 Northwestern.
No. 6 Milton-Union will contend with No. 16 National Trail, then either No. 10 West Liberty-Salem or No. 17 Carlisle, on its road to the sectional final. No. 18 Bethel will face No. 15 Brookville — with a matchup against No. 2 Versailles on the other half of the bracket, with the winners battling for the sectional title.
In the D-IV Arcanum sectional, Cross County Conference rivals No. 10 Covington and No. 13 Newton, which have gone to five games the past two seasons when they met, face off in the first round. The winner will likely have to contend with No. 7 Ansonia in the second round and No. 2 Fort Loramie in the sectional final. No. 6 Lehman, meanwhile, has matchups against No. 19 Mississinawa Valley and No. 21 Legacy Christian before a likely sectional final against No. 4 Catholic Central.
And in the D-IV Troy sectional, No. 17 Troy Christian will face No. 15 Franklin Monroe in the first round in a bracket that also contains No. 25 Bradford — but with top-seeded Jackson Center the team to beat.
* Girls Soccer
The Troy girls soccer team could potentially face a tough road in the Division I sectional tournament.
The fourth-seeded Trojans drew 13th-seeded Edgewood in the opening round, but things get dicey from there. They would play the winner between No. 6 Miamisburg — which just defeated the Trojans 1-0 on Monday — and No. 10 Butler, which Troy owns a head-to-head win against. Should the Trojans advance to the sectional final, No. 3 Centerville — which defeated Troy 2-0 on Saturday — likely awaits.
In D-II, in the incredibly stacked Dayton sectional, Tippecanoe drew the No. 3 seed. A first-round game against No. 14 Dunbar is one thing, but the Red Devils would face either No. 4 Bellbrook or No. 9 Stivers in round two. And the likely sectional final matchup? No. 2 Carroll, which defeated Tippecanoe last year in the postseason after a regular season loss to the Devils. The two teams tied 1-1 on Sept. 17.
Lehman earned the top seed in the D-III sectional, with the likeliest outcome in the sectional final being a matchup against local rival Miami East. The 15th-seeded Vikings will have to get past No. 21 Cincinnati Christian and No. 32 Emmanuel Christian to make that happen.
Sixth-seeded Milton-Union and No. 11 Bethel appear to be headed for a rematch of an early-season game, with the Bulldogs hosting No. 29 Dixie and the Bees hosting No. 19 Northwestern. In the top half of that bracket, No. 13 Newton will face No. 28 Middletown Christian, with a second-round matchup against No. 4 West Liberty-Salem awaiting in the second round.
Troy Christian drew the 14th seed and will face No. 25 Brookville in the first round, with No. 5 Preble Shawnee awaiting the winner in the second round as the highest seed in that bracket. No. 8 Anna, No. 27 Botkins and No. 30 Indian Lake will battle it out in the lower half.
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