Posted: 11:21 am Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Volleyball: Palm Beach Classic set to begin Friday 

By Anthony Chiang

The playoffs haven’t begun yet. But this weekend, volleyball fans will get a small preview of what’s to come.

The Palm Beach Classic begins Friday, as it will feature schools from all over Palm Beach County and South Florida. The two-day tournament will be hosted by Palm Beach Lakes, Lake Worth Christian, Palm Beach Gardens, John I. Leonard and Pope John Paul II this year.

As usual, the Palm Beach Classic will be split into two divisions. Division I will consist of 16 teams, including five teams in the Post’s Top 10 — No. 1 Wellington, No. 5 Royal Palm Beach, No. 7 Seminole Ridge, No. 8 Lake Worth Christian, and No. 10 King’s Academy.

Friday’s play begins at 4 p.m., and the Division I Gold championship match is scheduled to be played Saturday at 5:45 p.m. at either Lake Worth Christian or Pope John Paul II. Wellington enters the tournament looking to win its third consecutive Palm Beach Classic Division I Gold championship.

In the Division II side of the tournament, the 15-team field will be split up into two groups — Group A and Group B.  Palm Beach County will be represented by Palm Beach Gardens, Santaluces, John I. Leonard, Boca Christian, Palm Beach Lakes, Berean Christian, Boynton Beach, Olympic Heights, Summit Christian, and Wellington Christian.

The Division II Group A Gold championship match is scheduled to be played Saturday at 6 p.m. at John I. Leonard. Meanwhile, the Division II Group B championship match is scheduled to be played Saturday at 6 p.m. at Palm Beach Gardens.

Here is the tournament’s complete 31-team field:

Division I (16 teams)

Wellington
American Heritage
Miami-St. Brendan
Spanish River
Royal Palm Beach
Suncoast
Pope John Paul II
West Boca
Lake Worth Christian
Miami-Sunset
Treasure Coast
Seminole Ridge
Atlantic
King’s Academy
Orangewood Christian
Miami-Gulliver Prep

Division II

Group A (8 teams)
Palm Beach Gardens
Plantation-American Heritage
Miami-Varela
Boca Christian
John I. Leonard
Miami-Braddock
Santaluces
Hollywood Christian

Group B (7 teams)
Palm Beach Lakes
Berean Christian
Boynton Beach
Olympic Heights
Summit Christian
Wellington Christian
Sunrise-Piper