Lake Central (27-9) at Valparaiso (28-9), 7 p.m.
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of the Lafayette Harrison vs. Carmel match at approximately noon Saturday in the second game of the Huntington North Semistate.
Players to watch: LAKE CENTRAL -- Lauren DiNino, Jr., S; Julieanne Epperson, Sr., OH; Nikki Garza, Sr., S; Tori Gardenhire, Fr., MH; Dani Ellis, Fr., L. VALPARAISO -- Tarrah Lasky, Sr., S; Kate Bontrager, So., MH; Mary Bobos, Sr., L.; Noelle Eveland, Jr., OH.
Fast facts: During the Duneland Athletic Conference season, Valparaiso and Lake Central split wins. The Indians also beat the Vikings in three games at the Plymouth Tournament. … This is Valparaiso’s second straight trip to the regional. Last year, the Vikings lost to Munster in five games.
Griffith (12-20) at Andrean (27-7), 7 p.m.
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of the St. Joseph vs. West Lafayette match at approximately noon Saturday in the second game of the Plymouth Semistate.
Players to watch: GRIFFITH – Lisette Roldan, Jr., OH; Melissa Martinez, Sr., DS; Hannah Miller, So., OH. ANDREAN – Grace Cooper, Sr., S; Marija Nicksic, Jr., OH; Kellie Wojciechowski, Jr., OH; Allie Boyle, Sr., MH.
Fast facts: Andrean beat Griffith twice in the Northwest Crossroads Conference season. … Griffith lost in three games at home in last season’s regional match to Andrean.
Wheeler (31-5) at Rochester, 7 p.m.
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of the Madison-Grant vs. Wapahani match at approximately noon Saturday in the second game of the Bremen Semistate.
Local players to watch: WHEELER – Shannon Doyle, Sr., OH; Haley Plothow, Sr., OH; Belle Bravo, Fr., S; Natalie Roe, Sr., S.
Fast facts: Wheeler beat Rochester in five games last season, advancing to its first-ever semistate.
Washington Township (22-10) at Pioneer (24-9), 6 p.m.
Advancement: Winner plays the winner of the Riverton Parke vs. Frontier match at approximately noon in the second game of the Caston Semistate.
Favorite: Washington Township.
Local players to watch: WASHINGTON TWP. -- Maddy Johnson Jr., MH; Lindsay Henry Sr., OH; Emily Holcomb, Jr., L.
Fast facts: The Senators beat Pioneer in four games last year to advance to their school’s first semistate.
!~ compiled by Paul Oren and Hillary Smith