No matter how the Georgia High School Association sets up the area pairings for the playoff openers, some teams from Atlanta will be traveling to Savannah or Columbus, and vice versa. The long trips might cause budgetary and attendance concerns.
The good news is that teams no longer will have to play up to three best-of-five matches in one day. Also, the state's top teams are unlikely to play each other until later rounds.
"I think the intention of the rule is good," Wesleyan coach Ted Russell said. "I just wish the first two rounds would've been played at the same place on the same day. It will be very interesting to get the feedback after this year."
McEachern coach Patty Craven said the state's volleyball coaches association supported the new rules.
"All the [concerns] were discussed. The GHSA said 'We can't fix everything. Do you want to try it this way and see how it works?' We did, and I'm sure we'll discuss everything again after this year's playoffs to do whatever is best for the sport."