Del Oro, Colfax fall in volleyball regional

By: Mike Ray
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It was the end of the line Thursday evening for a pair of area girls volleyball teams trying to extend their journeys through the CIF Northern California Regional championship tournament.

In Loomis, in a Division III match, No. 3 seed Del Oro couldn’t capitalize on a strong start and ended up falling to No. 6 seed Head-Royce of Oakland in five sets.

Del Oro took the first two sets, 25-23 and 25-14 and seemed poised to take the match but Head-Royce, a private school of just 375 students, rallied to win the last three sets, 25-23, 25-20, 15-11.

For Del Oro, which ended the season 18-19, Lady Eagles coach Tricia Vidlund feels that the postseason experience for her team, which featured four freshmen and four sophomores, will pay dividends next season.

Meanwhile, on the road at Arbuckle in the D-IV tournament, No. 11 seed Colfax came within a whisker of gaining a regional semifinal for the second straight season before losing an epic five-set match to CIF North Section champion Pierce.

Colfax, which finished the season 25-9, dropped the first two sets to the Bears, 25-23, 25-22, before rallying for 25-16 and 33-31 wins to tie the match. However, the Lady Falcons ran out of steam in the fifth set, falling 15-0.

“That 33-31 win in the fourth set really took a lot of energy out of us,” said Colfax coach Haley Biles. “But we had a great season. I’m really happy for the way our seniors played.”

Biles also noted that seniors Halle Neumann, Sara Detwiler and Jacy Dean have all been selected to the North All-Star team for the upcoming Optimist All-Star game set for Dec. 8.