HIGH SCHOOLS

2017 Volleyball 6A and 5A playoff brackets

The high school playoff brackets are out for volleyball. Jerry Baker

Originally appeared on Vype.com.

It’s championship season for Houston-area volleyball teams as the start of the trek to Garland, Texas – the site of the UIL state tournament – begins now.

So let’s take a look at the favorites coming out of Houston. We begin in Class 6A Region III, where the upper part of the bracket is brutal. Ridge Point, Cypress Ranch, Dawson, Seven Lakes and Friendswood will battle it out just to get to the Regional Finals.

The lower part of the bracket sees Langham Creek, up-start Tompkins, Pearland, Kingwood and Atascocita as the favorites.

In Region III, The Woodlands and Oak Ridge will be on a collision-course to the Regional Finals. Also, watch out for Klein.

In Class 5A Region III, Kingwood Park, Willis, Tomball, Manvel and Barbers Hill are the top squads in H-Town, while Foster will be a tough out in Region IV.

Check out Vype for complete brackets.

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PROBABLE STARTERS

Thurs, Sept. 24 - HOU: Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.33) vs. TEX: Lance Lynn (6-2, 2.53)

Fri, Sept. 25 - HOU: Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.78) vs. TEX: Kyle Cody (1-1, 1.53)

Sat, Sept. 26 - HOU: TBD vs. TEX: Kyle Gibson (2-6, 5.87)

Sun, Sept. 27 - HOU: TBD vs. TEX: Jordan Lyles (1-5, 7.07)

STORYLINES

Season finale - The Astros will wrap up their regular season with their four game set in Arlington at the new Globe Life Field. Houston's magic number rests at two, as the Angels still have a puncher's chance. With Houston's miserable 8-20 road record, the postseason is anything but clinched.

Where's the offense? - The Astros offense has left a lot to be desired over the last few weeks, scoring more than three runs just twice in their last ten games. The bats really need to get going, especially if the team expects to do anything in the playoffs. George Springer has been the only reliable bat of late, with the performances of Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel, Alex Bregman, and, most of all, Jose Altuve, leaving a lot to be desired.

Playoff seeding - If the playoffs started today, the Astros would face off with their division rivals in Oakland. There's an infinite number of possibilities over the next four games, but the Astros can see themselves finish anywhere from the fifth seed to out of the playoffs entirely. Any of Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Oakland, Chicago, New York, and Cleveland could be first round foes depending on how the cards fall.

PREDICTION

Lance Lynn has been one of the better pitchers in the game for a few years now, Kyle Cody is an intriguing young arm with good stuff, and Jordan Lyles and Kyle Gibson gave the Astros fits in Houston just last week. It isn't a recipe for success for Houston. The Astros win 1 of 4, which combined with the Angels and Mariners failing to take care of business, is enough to get Houston into the playoffs.

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