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Bernie to play for first, Perryville third at state volleyball

Posted Friday, November 2, 2012, at 8:39 PM

The Bernie volleyball team advanced the the Class 1 state championship on Friday. The Mules went 3-3 in pool play before defeating Santa Fe 25-17 in a one-game playoff.

Bernie will face Winona in the championship at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Show Me Center.

The Perryville volleyball team opened Class 3 pool play with a 16-25, 25-21 split with Westminster Christian Academy, the No. 1-ranked team in the state entering play.

The Pirates swept St. Pius X (Kansas City) 25-19, 25-22 in their next pool play match, but lost to Pleasant Hill 25-20, 25-21. That result sent Pleasant Hill to the championship and Perryville to the third-place game, where it will face St. Pius at noon Saturday.

Check out photo galleries from all of the pool play matches here.

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Rachel Crader is the editor of semoball.com. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in May of 2009 before spending the summer covering the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Highlights from Rachel's days in college include having a class down the hall from Chase Daniel and having NCAA wrestling champion Ben Askren hold the door open for her at Brady Commons, Mizzou's student center. She spent time covering Mizzou basketball, softball and baseball while working for the Columbia Missourian and is excited to return home to Southeast Missouri to cover local sports for semoball.com.

Rachel has covered three Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournaments for the Southeast Missourian and semoball.com, and she'll see you courtside again this year.