(CHULA VISTA) -- This year's CCCAA Women's Volleyball State Championship tournament has an eight game, single elimination field that is a Who's Who of state champions in the sport. Of the 13 colleges that have won the main schools state title, six are here and one more participant, MiraCosta, was once a two-time small schools champion (1980-81). The last six state champions are here including two time recent winners in Irvine Valley (2014, 2017) and Cabrillo (2013, 2015), 2016 champion Fresno City, and defending title holder American River. Some older champs are here too in Grossmont (1987, 1989) and El Camino (1981, 1983, 2007, 2008).
And yet, it's the program with the most wins this year (32) in North #1 seed Feather River that should be the hungriest. Feather River is the one squad that has never experienced a state title. The favorite though appears to be South #1 and state #1-ranked Irvine Valley, the only undefeated team left in the field at 25-0. In the Lasers two previous state championship seasons, both were undefeated runs of 27-0.
Individually, seven of the nine selected All-Americans from the regular season will be in action at the state tourney held this year at Southwestern College (hosted by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference). The last time it was held in San Diego County was in 1993. This is the 43rd year of the state-sanctioned tournament.
All of the pedigree of the elite teams will be on display Friday-Sunday, Dec 6-8. The quarterfinals begin Friday:
10AM -- N1 Feather River v S4 MiraCosta
1PM -- S2 Grossmont v N3 Cabrillo
4PM -- N2 Fresno City v S3 El Camino
7PM -- S1 Irvine Valley v N4 American River
*Note, all games will be held at Southwestern College.