BRADENTON -- Fans craving volleyball this week won't have to travel far to see it.
One school is hosting while four others are opening the postseason in Manatee County as the district tournaments begin Monday and run through Thursday.
The champion and runner-up from district qualifies for the region playoffs, which begin Tuesday, Oct. 28 (Classes 2A, 4A, 6A and 8A) and Wednesday, Oct. 29 (1A, 3A, 5A, 7A).
A pair of defending champions earned the top seed in their districts and host semifinals: Manatee in Class 8A-District 8 and Lakewoood Ranch in Class 7A-District 10.
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The Hurricanes play fourth-seeded St. Petersburg at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a semifinal with the winner advancing to Thursday's championship match against either second-seeded Palm Harbor University or the third seed, Riverview.
Manatee totaled 18 wins and defeated St. Petersburg twice during the regular season. But the Hurricanes could be without middle blocker Jacqui Armer, who is still recovering from mononucleosis. Armer, a junior who has committed to play at LSU, leads the Canes with 56 blocks and is third with 80 kills.
But the Hurricanes still have the Coulter family: junior Haley and freshman twins Gabby and JoJo.
Haley has 196 kills and a .371 hitting percentage, both tops on the team. JoJo is second in kills (137) and first in
aces (32), and Gabby, a setter, has 303 assists while committing just 13 ball-handling errors in 802 attempts.
Despite losing four starters from last year's regional finals, Lakewood Ranch stampeded to 20 wins and its first county championship since 2007 on the strength of hitters Layne Thompson and Nicole Grant, the latter of whom was named the county tournament's most valuable player, as well as setter and Braden River transfer Courtney Rapp.
Out for their fourth straight district title, the Mustangs meet either fourth-seeded North Port or fifth-seeded Palmetto at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a semifinal. The Bobcats host the Tigers at 7 p.m. Monday in a play-in game.
Third-seeded Braden River heads to second-seeded Sarasota at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district's other semifinal.
The winners meet Thursday at the home of the highest remaining seed.
Bayshore, Gulfport Boca Ciega and Southeast all tied for the top seed in Class 5A-District 10. The three teams went 2-2 against each other and had identical records against the rest of the district, so the next tiebreaker was district victories on the road. The Bruins and Pirates were each 3-1 under that criteria while Southeast was 2-2, giving the Seminoles the third seed.
Bayshore and Boca Ciega flipped a coin for the top seed. The Pirates won the toss and will host either St. Petersburg Lakewood or St. Petersburg Gibbs in a semifinal Tuesday.
Fresh off winning their first district title and regional playoff match since 1987, the Bruins host Southeast in the district's other semifinal.
That championship match is also scheduled for Thursday.
The Class 3A-District 10 tournament will be played at Bradenton Christian beginning at 7 p.m. Monday when fourth-seeded Saint Stephen's goes up against fifth-seeded Imagine School of North Port in a play-in game.
It was a tightly bunched district, with Bradenton Christian, Out-of-Door Academy and Saint Stephen's tying for second.
The Thunder won the second seed and will face BCS at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a semifinal. Cardinal Mooney, the district's top seed, plays either Imagine School or the Falcons at 5 p.m. in Tuesday's other semifinal.
The winners return to Bradenton Christian at 7 p.m. Thursday for the championship match.