If Mother McAuley lives up to its billing as the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A Sandburg Sectional, the Mighty Macs, who entered the week 25-2, will have earned their championship plaque.

The 22-team field is loaded with most of the Southland’s best teams, including Marist (19-7), Sandburg (19-7), Lincoln-Way North (22-3), Lincoln-Way Central (19-7), T.F. South (21-2), Lincoln-Way East (14-11), Homewood-Flossmoor (19-7), Oak Lawn (15-5) and Shepard (15-8).

At No. 11, Richards is a solid 17-6, while Stagg, Marian Catholic and Andrew all have major upset potential.

Projected regional finals (according to the seeds) would be Sandburg vs. T.F. South at Andrew, Marist vs. Lincoln-Way East at Marist, Mother McAuley vs. Homewoood-Flossmoor at T. F. North and Lincoln-Way North vs. Lincoln-Way Central at Marian.

Some good teams are going to go home early because of what many coaches have criticized over the years as a major flaw in the IHSA’s policy of assigning teams to sectionals based solely on location.

Sandburg coach David Vales isn’t complaining.

“I’ve come to appreciate the strides we have made in the south suburbs when it comes to girls volleyball,” Vales said. “Look at how talented and deep we are. It makes for great volleyball during the regular season and will make the playoffs a great experience for players and fans alike.”

The Sandburg Sectional titlist is to meet the winner of the Morton Sectional at the Lyons Supersectional. Glenbard South is the top seed at Morton, while De La Salle at No. 6 is the Southland’s top contender.

Two other area ranked teams, Lemont and Lockport, were assigned to the Class 4A Plainfield South Sectional, where defending state champion Benet Academy is the No. 1 seed.

In Class 3A, Chicago Christian is a heavy favorite in its own sectional that has Ag Science, Brooks, Evergreen Park and Queen of Peace at the 2-5 seeds.

Among the prospects in Class 2A (which is seeded by regionals), Mount Assisi is the No. 1 seed at the Wilmington Regional and Morgan Park Academy No. 1 in its own regional.

Player of the Week

Jessica Lindsey, of Lincoln-Way East, is the SouthtownStar Girls Volleyball Player of the Week.

Lindsey, a senior right side hitter, had 70 kills, 41 service points and 49 digs for the week, during which the Griffins won conference matches against Homewood-Flossmoor and Stagg and finished sixth out of 24 teams at the St. Charles East Mizuno Classic.