Volleyball playoffs and the Baton Rouge Metro Cross Country Meet help highlight a busy Monday of high school sports action.

Second-seeded St. Amant of Division I tops the list of teams seeking regional victories in order to advance to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s State Volleyball Tournament beginning Thursday at Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center.

The Gators host Ascension Parish rival Dutchtown at 6:30 p.m. Three fourth-seeded teams, Division I St. Joseph’s Academy, Division IV University and Division V St. John-Plaquemine, are also among the schools hosting regional contests.

Meanwhile, cross country teams from throughout the Baton Rouge area will converge on BREC’s Highland Road Park for the Metro Meet, which is the final competition before the LHSAA’s State Cross Country Meet on Nov. 12-13 in Natchitoches.

In volleyball, U-High also faces a rival challenge in Division IV. The Cubs host Episcopal at 6 p.m.

St. Joseph’s hosts Archbishop Chapelle in Division I at 4:30 p.m., while St. John hosts Slidell’s First Baptist Christian at 5 p.m.

There are two other all-BR contests to note.

In Division II, McKinley travels to district rival Lutcher for a 6 p.m. contest. In Division V, Ascension Catholic travels to Ascension Christian also play at 6.

The Dutchtown-St. Amant contest will also help set up another showdown between the two schools. St. Amant and Dutchtown learned on Sunday they will meet on the football field this week when the Class 5A playoffs begin Friday at DHS.

“We would prefer for all of us to make the state tournament,” Dutchtown coach Pat Ricks said. “At the same time, it’s neat for us to be playing St. Amant again. We had a really good day of practice. They seem relaxed and ready to go.

“St. Amant serves very well, and we didn’t handle that well the last time we played them about two weeks ago. We’ve worked to improve our passing and getting the ball to the setter.”

Other teams hosting regional games in the Baton Rouge area include East Ascension in Division I and Parkview Baptist in Division III.

Cross country

METRO MEET: Races begin at Highland at 2:30 p.m. with the three-mile girls varsity race. The three-mile boys varsity race follows at 3 p.m.

A junior varsity race is set at 3:30. Action concludes with a two-mile middle school race at 4 p.m.

Runners from a total of eight parishes will compete. Boys teams to watch include Episcopal, Catholic High, Walker, Dutchtown, St. Michael the Archangel and Ascension Catholic. Girls teams to note include St. Joseph’s Academy, St. Michael, Episcopal, Catholic-Pointe Coupee and Ascension Catholic.

Episcopal’s Christian Johnson garnered a third-place finish at the most recent local meet, the Walker Shootout, and is among the boys competitors to watch. CHSPC’s Addie Burleigh, a seventh-place finisher at the Walker meet, is one of the top girls competitors to note.