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Colfax lays claim to PVL volleyball title

Prep Roundup
By: Mike Ray
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Make room on the wall in Colfax High’s Pucci Pavilion for a Pioneer Valley League girls volleyball championship pennant.

The Colfax girls made sure of that Monday night when the Lady Falcons defeated visiting Foothill, 3-1, to cinch the outright PVL championship. Colfax, now 20-7 overall on the season, improved its PVL record to a perfect 9-0 with just a regular season-ending match remaining at Marysville.   

For the Lady Falcons, last season’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champions, it was their first league title since 2006.

“It’s been awhile, so this feels great,” said Colfax coach Hailey Biles about the PVL crown. “We started slow last night but finally woke up.”

In Monday’s win, the Lady Falcons actually dropped the first set, 25-23, before storming back to win the next three, 25-11, 25-12, 25-11. Leading the offense was Jacy Dean with 10 kills, Halle Neumann with nine, Grace Bliss with eight and Hanna Hinrichs with five.

Colfax’s JVs also defeated Foothill to improve to 9-0 in PVL play.

The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D-IV playoffs begin Oct. 22, with home site first-round matches. Colfax is expected to receive a top-four seed into the D-IV tournament.

 

Bruins top Blazers

Bear River celebrated its girls volleyball Senior Night with a 25-7, 25-16, 25-16 sweep over Lindhurst Monday night. The win improved Bear River’s overall season mark to 17-9 and its PVL record to 7-2.

The Bruins were led by Callie Bickmore’s 18 kills. Also playing well were Angela Thornbury with eight aces and Caitlin McLaughlin with 32 assists. Bear River is looking for a top-eight seed and receive a first-round home match in the upcoming D-IV playoffs which begin Oct. 22.

 

NU closer to final FVL playoff berth

With only three playoff spots available, a battle is on for the final postseason slot in the Foothill Valley League’s girls volleyball race.

Two of the FVL’s playoff berths have already been cinched by Ponderosa (9-0) and Oakmont (8-1). Monday, Ponderosa swept past Placer, 25-13, 25-17, 25-13, while Nevada Union defeated Lincoln in four sets.

After the dust had settled Monday, Nevada Union at 4-5 leads both Lincoln (3-6) and Placer (3-6), who play each other on Wednesday. NU ends the season at Rio Linda on Wednesday.

“Even if there is a tie, we hold the tiebreaker for the third berth over Placer and Lincoln,” said NU coach Chrys Dudek. “We’re looking forward to the playoffs.”

 

Girls Tennis

Rocklin 7, Del Oro 2

In a big match with the Sierra Foothill League lead at stake, the Thunder swept the doubles matches including picking up two wins that went three sets to trim the Lady Eagles for the second time this season.

Both teams entered last week’s match with identical 5-1 SFL records, but the Thunder had just a bit too much depth for the Lady Eagles to handle.

Del Oro’s two wins came at the No. 1 singles match where Ali Issac topped Canela Luna, 6-2, 6-1, and in the No. 5 match as Ariana Brockman downed Rebecca Jensen, 6-3, 6-2. Rocklin also won a big three-set singles match at No. 2, where Bailey Greenwell defeated Emma Dobson, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5).