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October 9, 2013

NCHSAA won’t use conference seeding priority

The N.C. High School Athletic Association will not use conference seeding priority for playoffs with predetermined brackets. Conference seeding priority was used to designate what team would be at home if teams with equal seeds met.

The N.C. High School Athletic Association will not use conference seeding priority for playoffs with predetermined brackets. Conference seeding priority was used to designate what team would be at home if teams with equal seeds met.

Now, if equal seeds meet in the tennis, lacrosse, volleyball, baseball or softball playoffs, the team with the higher winning percentage will host. The conference seeding priority was done at random.

In volleyball, where home court can have an effect on the outcome, this change would potentially keep undefeated Cardinal Gibbons in Raleigh for all six rounds of the 3A playoffs. Last year, undefeated Leesville Road played at Apex, a team it had beaten in the regular season, in the third round and dropped a set in a 3-1 win.

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