By DAVID MCCOLLUM

LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER

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State volleyball action begins for Faulkner County teams this week with Conway High hosting both the Class 7A tournament and the championship game in all classifications Saturday.

Conway was already scheduled to host the early rounds of the 7A tournament but was awarded the championship games also because Cabot, which was set to host, has not finished its new gymnasium.

The Lady Cats, who completed their second straight undefeated run through the Central Conference to gain a No. 1 seed, seem on a collision course with 7A-West powers Fayetteville and Bentonville. Fayetteville was undefeated in winning its conference title while Bentonville sustained only one loss.

Conway drew a first-round bye and will open against the Har-Ber-West Memphis winner at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Buzz Bolding Arena. If the Lady Cats win, they are likely to play Bentonville in Thursday’s 6 p.m. semifinal. 

The 7A championship game (Fayetteville is in the opposite bracket from Conway) is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday.

In the 5A tournament at Siloam Springs, Vilonia, the No. 3 seed from the Central Conference, will play Paragould, second-seeded from the East, at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The winner plays Greenwood, No. 1 from the West, or Little Rock Mills, No. 4 from the South, at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

In the 3A tournament at Paris, Conway Christian, No. 2 from the East, will play Green Forest, No. 2 from the North, at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The winner plays Paris, No. 1 from the West, or Jessieville, No. 3 from the South, at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

St. Joseph, a two-time 3A finalist and No. 3 from the Central this season, will play Alpena, the top-seeded team from the North, at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The winner will play either Mansfield, the second seed from the West, or Ridgefield Christian, No. 2 from the Northeast, at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

7A STATE TOURNEY SCHEDULE

Buzz Bolding Arena

Tuesday

Mount St. Mary vs. FS Northside, noon

FS Southside vs. LR Hall, 2 p.m.

Har-Ber vs. West Memphis, 4 p.m.

North Little Rock vs. Rogers, 6 p.m.

Wednesday

Fayetteville vs. MSM or Northside, noon

Bryant vs. Southside or Hall, 2 p.m.

Conway vs. Har-Ber or West Memphis, 4 p.m.

Bentonville vs. North Little Rock or Rogers, 6 p.m.

Thursday

Semifinal 1, 4 p.m.

Semifinal 2, 6 p.m.

Saturday’s championships

Buzz Bolding Arena

4A Finals, 11 a.m.

5A Finals, 1 p.m.

6A Finals, 3 p.m.

7A Finals, 5 p.m.

3A Finals, 7 p.m.