Sun Prairie's Helen Budig (19) and Holly McCloskey (11) block the hit of Middleton's Lily Welti (1) for game point during the second game of a match at Sun Prairie High School in Sun Prairie, Wis., Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. M.P. KING, STATE JOURNAL


The Sun Prairie girls volleyball team earned the top seed for the Big Eight Conference tournament on Saturday at Janesville Craig.

Sun Prairie, Middleton and Verona were 8-1 during the dual regular season. Tiebreaking procedures using head-to-head finish and game winning percentage of teams involved were used.

Sun Prairie received the top seed, Middleton the second seed and Verona the third seed. Host Janesville Craig will be the fourth seed. Matches will be two-out-of-three sets.

Admission for spectators will be $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Pool play begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. Five rounds of pool play will be played, the last round starting at noon.

No. 1 seed Sun Prairie (8-1) is in Pool A along with No. 4 Janesville Craig (6-3), No. 5 Madison Memorial (5-4), No. 8 Madison West (2-7) and No. 9 Madison East (1-8).

No. 2 Middleton (8-1) is in Pool B, with No. 3 Verona (8-1), No. 6 Madison La Follette (4-5), No. 7 Janesville Parker (3-6) and No. 10 Beloit Memorial (0-9).

Matches will be played in the Main Gym Court 1, Fieldhouse Court 2, Fieldhouse Court 3 and Fieldhouse Court 4.

A 30-minute lunch break will occur after the last match is finished in pool play.

At about 1:30 p.m., the afternoon session will begin, including the Gold Bracket, which will determine the first- through fourth-place teams. Fifth-place, seventh-place and ninth-place matches also will be held.

Semifinals in the Gold Bracket will have Pool A1 playing Pool B2 on Fieldhouse Court 3 and Pool B1 facing Pool A2 on Fieldhouse Court 4.

At about 2:30 p.m., the Gold Bracket final will be played in the Main Gym Court 1 and the third-place match will be on Fieldhouse Court 4.


Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.