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Lady Falcons win NorCal Regional volleyball opener

NorCal volleyball playoff roundup
By: Mike Ray
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COLUSA– Colfax girls volleyball coach Haley Biles will be the first to tell you that she was a bit mystified when the CIF State office released its Northern California Regional Division IV brackets last weekend.

Weighted by “competitive equity”, Biles thought her CIF Sac-Joaquin Section runners-up were slighted when the state awarded the Lady Falcons just a No. 11 seed and sent Colfax on the road Tuesday for a first-round match at No. 6 seed Colusa.

Making Tuesday’s Colfax-Colusa match even more interesting was the fact that the host Red Hawks were owners of a 2-0 record against the Lady Falcons, both victories coming in September tournament matches.

But if the Lady Falcons were miffed by any seeding snafus, they didn’t show it Tuesday.

Playing on the road before a raucous Red Hawks home crowd, Colfax shook up the D-IV bracket by staying the course and pounding out a 28-26, 17-25, 25-22, 25-18 win and advancing to Thursday night’s quarterfinal round.

“Yes, we were a little surprised by the seeding but we’ve found out at the regional level, you just never know what to expect,” said Biles. “But the bottom line is that our girls went out and played well from start to finish.”

The Lady Falcons will return to the Sacramento Valley tonight for a 7 p.m. match in Arbuckle against Pierce, the CIF North Section DV champions, who defeated The Bay School of San Francisco, 25-11, 25-15, 25-15 Tuesday.

Colfax (25-8) was led by the 1-2 punch of Halle Neumann (13 kills, 19 assists) and Jacy Dean (11 kills, 3 aces). Nellie Balk also registered 12 assists while Hailee Mulic (24 digs) and Grace Bliss (5 blocks) also shined.

 

Del Oro 3, Alhambra 2

The Lady Eagles, who fell from D-II to D-III for the regional tournament, took advantage of their No. 3 seed and scored Tuesday’s opening-round win over the visiting Bulldogs from Martinez, a CIF North Coast Section semifinalist.

Del Oro, 18-18 overall, led 2-1 after three sets but couldn’t put the Bulldogs away as the visitors took the fourth set, 25-23. However, in the pivotal fourth set, Del Oro prevailed, 15-9.

The Lady Eagles will host No. 6 seed Head-Royce of Oakland Thursday at 7 p.m. Head-Royce defeated No. 11 seed Aptos, 25-20, 25-16, 25-19 on Tuesday.

The regional semifinals will be played Saturday with the Del Oro-Head Royce winner meeting the winner of today’s No. 2 Nevada Union-No. 10 Miramonte match. That match will be played at the home of the highest remaining seed.  

 

Forest Lake home in opener

No. 2 seed Forest Lake Christian was set to host No. 7 seed Jewish Community School of San Francisco in a D-VI first-round match Wednesday. The Forest Lake-Jewish Community winner will meet the winner of No. 3 Paradise Adventist and No. 6 St. Bernard’s (Eureka) in Saturday’s semifinals at 6 p.m.