Volleyball playoff action starts tonight for several local schools, including Our Lady Academy and Long Beach, both of whom are undefeated in division play.
To advance to the state championship round, each team in the division playoffs must win their next three games.
Ocean Springs leads in Class III play: After making it to the second round of the playoffs last year, Ocean Springs coach Brooke Engle said the Greyhounds are looking to make it all the way to state the year.
"We lost to Oak Grove in the second round last year, but we want to go further this year," Engle said.
The Greyhounds (28-9, 6-1) open the Class III playoffs at home at 6 p.m. against the Forest Hill Patriots from Jackson.
"We've had a pretty good season," Engle said. "We won the district by beating George County, St. Martin and D'Iberville. We lost a lot of seniors from last year, but we have a good group of girls that get along really well and play very hard together."
Other Class III matches scheduled for tonight are Harrison Central at Oak Grove (5:30 p.m.), Brandon at Hancock (6 p.m.) and D'Iberville at Pearl (5:30 p.m.)
Long Beach looking to avenge 2014 Class II south state loss: The Bearcats (17-5) are 8-0 in Class II as they entertain the Sumrall Bobcats (11-8, 8-3) at 6 p.m. today. After losing to East Central in the south state round last year, Bearcats coach Rebecca Tillman said her team hopes to make it all the way to state.
"We're excited about getting into the playoffs again," Tillman said. "We want to get to state this year."
Tillman said she is hoping for continued strong performances from some of her team leaders, including Krystal Goodman, who has been leading the Bearcats in blocks and kills.
"Payton Tillman has been leading in assists and Elizabeth Anderson has been our defensive specialist," she said. "I don't want to say that they are leading our team, but they play a big factor."
Class II matches scheduled for Tuesday are Gautier at Germantown (5:30 p.m.), Ridgeland at Vancleave and Bay High at Columbia.
OLA Crescents have eyes on another Class I state championship: The defending Class I state champions, the OLA Crescents, are 6-0 in division play. Coach Mike Myers said he hopes his girls are on their way to another state title as they host the Magee Trojans (3-11. 1-1) in the first Class I playoff game tonight at 6 p.m.
"We played a difficult and strong schedule all season long," Myers said. "We faced a lot of 5A and 6A schools and we think that helped us to get ready for our division. Now, we're ready to make a run at the playoffs."
Myers said that his team is healthy entering the playoffs. Although OLA won the state championship title in 2014, several starters for the team graduated. In fact, the Crescents only had two returning players -- sophomore Emma Funk and junior Mary Rimmer.
"Emma and Mary, who was out for almost a month at the beginning of the season, they have both played very well," he said. "They have both provided leadership for our younger girls. We look for them to be productive in the playoffs."
In other Class I action, Resurrection Catholic (26-4-1, 4-2) travels to Bassfield (6-5, 4-0) for a 6 p.m. match.