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Lady Falcons-Grizzlies Have Playoff History

Colfax spikers head to Garden Valley Tuesday
By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Services
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Introductions won’t be necessary when the Colfax Lady Falcons travel to Garden Valley Tuesday night to take on Golden Sierra in the opening round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV volleyball playoffs. For the second straight season, the Lady Falcons drew the task of heading to The Divide to try and upend their former Golden Empire League rivals in the postseason. Last season, Colfax went on the road in the opening round of the playoffs as the No. 12 seed and defeated No. 5 seed Linden before falling to Golden Sierra in four games in the second round at Garden Valley. In Tuesday’s first round match-up, it will be the No. 4 seed Grizzlies entertaining the No. 13 seeded Lady Falcons with a 7 p.m. start time. If it means anything at this point, the Lady Falcons may have a psychological advantage by virtue of their 25-19, 21-25, 25-20, 25-22 non-league win over Golden Sierra last month in Colfax. “We’re expecting a lot tougher match this time around because Golden Sierra is really tough in their gym,” said Colfax coach Vicky Satterlee. “We have a great opportunity but we need to go out and play our game.” Colfax finished the Pioneer Valley League season with a record of 10-2 and in second place but because the PVL league strength numbers weren’t as high as several other Div. IV leagues, the Lady Falcons’ No. 13 seed may be a little misleading. “We’re disappointed that we ended up No. 13,” said Satterlee. “We feel that we’re a lot stronger than that.” The winner of Tuesday’s Colfax-Golden Sierra match will advance to second round play Thursday night against the winner of Tuesday’s No. 5 Hilmar versus No. 12 Escalon contest. If Golden Sierra wins, the Grizzlies would be at home while a Colfax win would send the Lady Falcons to the San Joaquin Valley. Colfax, has it’s been all season, will be led by Hannah Baldwin, Kayla Giles, Chanel Filteau and Cassandra Campbell and Rachel Lindley while Godlen Sierra has a solid 1-2-3 kill trio in the form of Allison Copp, Katie Christnerr and Mariko Kawashima. “A lot of people say Golden Sierra has dropped off offensively but I don’t think so,” said Satterlee. “Plus, they have an outstanding defensive team.”