White Knoll and Keenan are the only two Midlands teams still standing in the state volleyball playoffs.
The Timberwolves and Raiders hit the road on Thursday to play for Championship Saturday spots. White Knoll travels to face Aiken in the Class 4A Lower State title match, while Keenan heads up to Woodruff for the Class 2A Upper State final.
White Knoll and Aiken are hardly strangers. The T-Wolves eliminated the Green Hornets in the third round of the season playoffs after Aiken swept two Region 5 matches during the regular season. The Hornets swept WK again this season on the way to the region championship.
The T-Wolves opened the playoffs with a 3-0 win over Beaufort, and has since stayed alive with back-to-back 3-2 triumphs over traditional power Wando and surprising Blythewood in the third round.
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Aiken has downed Irmo, James Island and Summerville while advancing to the Final Four phase of the playoffs for the first time.
The Raiders have continued their high level of play this season – advancing at least to the third round of the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. Woodruff, on the other hand, is in uncharted territory. The Wolverines never made it past the second round of the playoffs until this season.