Volleyball playoff brackets released

Rocklin, Colfax, Forest Lake all draw 2-seeds
By: Staff Report
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If there was a positive from the Colfax High girls volleyball team being elevated to Division IV for last season’s CIF Northern California state championship tournament, the upgrade may pay dividends for the Lady Falcons in the upcoming CIF Sac-Joaquin Section tournament.


On Friday, the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section released its playoff volleyball brackets and the Pioneer Valley League champion Lady Falcons were awarded a No. 2 seed into the postseason, which will begin Monday with an out-bracket match.


Colfax, 21-7 overall and 10-0 in winning the PVL, will play host to No. 15 Livingston Tuesday in Pucci Pavilion at 7 p.m.


A year ago, Colfax claimed the section’s D-V title and then after being moved up to D-IV for regional play in the CIF state “competitive equity”  format, the Lady Falcons continued to flourish reaching the D-IV semifinals before being eliminated by Carondelet of Concord.


“We have a lot of girls back that fought those battles,” said Colfax coach Haley Biles. “The returning players that played last year know the level of play that it takes to go all the way.”


For Colfax, a chance to defend its D-V championship had to take a backseat when the school’s enrollment number used by the CIF went from 585 in 2017 to 601 this year. Had Colfax been at 599, the Lady Falcons would have remained D-V.


“We’re not complaining,” said Biles, who directed the team to its first league championship since 2006. “We have no problem playing Division IV.”


In other area pairings, Bear River (17-9, 8-2) and also in D-IV, was given a No. 9 seed and will open the playoffs on the road against No. 8 seed West Campus, who defeated the Bruins in three straight sets back on Sept. 6 in a non-league match.


Elsewhere, Forest Lake Christian (22-5, 12-2) landed a  No. 2 seed in D-VII and will host New Life Christian in a first-round match next Thursday.


Foresthill, meanwhile, drew a No. 8 seed in D-VI and will open action on Tuesday. The Wildfires (13-9, 9-4) will entertain John Adams Academy of Roseville.


Meanwhile, Placer, who went undefeated in last year’s Pioneer Valley League, struggled in the transition to the new Foothill Valley League.


Despite a valiant effort on senior night Wednesday against Lincoln, the Lady Hillmen fell to Lincoln in five sets. Amy Hiatt led the way with 24 kills and Katie Schwab dished out 32 assists for Placer in the regular-season finale.


“We battled. Just a couple bounces went a couple different ways,” said Placer head coach Jen Wright. “I’m proud of my girls. I’m glad we could end the season like that. We really stuck together, and that is a success. We went out swinging.”


Placer finishes at 8-14 overall with a 3-7 mark in the FVL, which landed them in fifth place. Hiatt led the team in kills, Schwab in assists, Bella Burgard in blocks and Heather Young in digs.


In the Division I bracket, St. Francis secured the top overall seed, while Rocklin draws the second seed and a home match against Lincoln of Stockton to begin the tournament Tuesday night.


The four-time section champion Thunder (23-9, 8-2) defeated Whitney Thursday night to win the Sierra Foothill League outright. The Wildcats (23-14, 6-4), meanwhile, play host to Roseville (14-11, 7-5 Capital Valley Conference) Tuesday in the 4-13 matchup in the D-II bracket.


Elsewhere in D-II, Ponderosa drew the top seed after winning the Foothill Valley League title.


Oakmont (17-13, 8-2), the FVL runner-up gets a 7-seed and hosts Vista del Lago (12-15, 9-3 Capital Athletic League) in the opening round. The Vikings defeated the Eagles Sept. 11 in five sets in what Oakmont head coach Devon Quok called “a turning point of the season” for the Vikings as they began a stretch of 10 wins in 12 matches.


Despite a 3-7 league record, Del Oro earned a 6-seed with a win over Granite Bay on the last day of the regular season, which determined the fifth and final SFL team to reach the postseason. The Golden Eagles will host No. 11 Rio Americano (21-14, 8-4 CAL) Tuesday night.


The other SFL teams to qualify were Oak Ridge (17-12, 6-4), who gets a home match as a 7-seed with No. 10 Monterey Trail (24-2), who went 12-0 and won the Metro League, and Folsom (15-7, 4-6 SFL), who travels to Modesto (29-7, 8-2 Central California Athletic Association) in the 8-9 matchup.


After going 14-0 and winning the Sacramento Metro Athletic League, the Western Sierra Collegiate Academy Lady Wolves (17-5 overall) draw a No. 3 seed in the D-V tournament to host No. 14 LeRoy Greene Academy of Sacramento (7-9, 6-4 Northern Pacific Athletic Conference) Tuesday night at Rocklin High School at 5 p.m.


Also from the SMAL, Valley Christian Academy (11-5, 9-4) begin the D-VI tournament on the road Thursday in Modesto to take on Big Valley Christian (17-8, 10-2 CCAA).


After finishing 30-14 a year ago and reaching the NorCal tournament, Granite Bay finishes its season at 13-21. Woodcreek went 9-20 and finished sixth in the CVC at 4-8.


Quarterfinal matches are slated for Oct. 25, and semifinals Oct. 30, both at home sites. The finals for each division are set for Nov. 3, at sites to be announced by the section.