The final two area teams were eliminated from the IHSAA volleyball state tournament Saturday, as Rochester and Mishawaka Marian were beaten in their class semi-states.
Rochester advanced to the Class 2-A semi-state finals, only to lose to No. 1 Wapahani 25-22, 22-25, 25-18, 25-11. Rochester reached the night game by defeating South Adams 25-22, 25-14, 25-22 in the morning session at Bremen. Wapahani knocked out Bishop Noll in the other morning semi. Wapahani will play No. 4 Covenant Christian in the Class 2-A state championship next Saturday at Worthen Arena on the campus of Ball State University, host to all four championship games.
Marian saw its tournament end with a thud against Andrean in a 25-13, 25-19, 25-22 final in the morning session of the Class 3-A Semi-state at Twin Lakes. The top-ranked Yorktown squad beat Bishop Dwenger in three, then shut Andrean out in three to make the championship, taking on No. 2 Providence coming out of the southern semi-state.
In the Class 1-A tourney, Triton-ouster Fort Wayne Blackhawk reached the state finals for the first time after defeating Daleville and Lafayette Central Catholic, the championship over LCC in a thrilling 25-17, 17-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-13 scoreline. The No. 7 Braves will take on No. 1 Christian Academy, which lost just one game in its two wins on Saturday.
In the Class 4-A tourney, No. 1 Crown Point and No. 4 Cathedral will collide after running through their respective brackets Saturday. Cathedral is playing in its third straight state finals, looking to defend its crown. Crown Point is playing in its first state finals.