Forest Lake Christian set to tackle Bradshaw Christian in semis
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What: Sac-Joaquin Section D-V Semifinals
Who: No. 3 Forest Lake Christian at No. 2 Bradshaw Christian
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Bradshaw Christian, 9555 Calvine Road, Sacramento
The Lady Falcons soar into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-V girls volleyball semifinals riding an 11-game win streak and having won 18 of their last 19 games.
No. 3 seed Forest Lake Christian boasts a 21-4 record this season, but one of those four losses is to its opponent today, No. 2 seed Bradshaw Christian (23-6). The Pride beat the Lady Falcons in straight sets in a non-league game Sept. 19.
Since that mid-September game Bradshaw Christian has gone 14-4 and, along the way, picked up a share of the Sierra Delta League championship.
Bradshaw Christian is in it’s ninth straight postseason but is yet to claim a championship. The Pride have been close on multiple occasions, losing in three straight finals to Ripon Christian from 2009 to 2011. Ripon Christian has 15 of the 22 Division-V championships, since D-V was implemented in 1991. Ripon Christian was bumped to Divsion-IV in 2012.
The Pride are into the semifinals after beating Le Grand in five sets in the second round. Bradshaw Christian is led by senior Rachael Byerly. The outside hitter has notched double-digit kill numbers in 12 of 19 games played, including 22 against Le Grand. Byerly also leads the team in aces with 26, tied with junior Avery Barrera, who leads the team in assists. Freshman outside hitter Larissa Lenkiewicz leads the team in blocks this season, and junior Alexa Mullins does most of the digging for Bradshaw Christian with a team-high 193.
While the Pride have a lot of talent, it is matched by that of Forest Lake Christian.
The Lady Falcons have the Central Valley California League MVP in senior Morgan Koch and four all-league selections in Aly English, Hannah Zea, Emily Pearce and Hailey Adams.
The Lady Falcons haven’t been this deep into the playoffs since 2009 when they lost to Ripon Christian in the semifinals. Forest Lake Christian hasn’t won a section title since 1998 but has lost eight section finals matches since 1993, six of which were to Ripon Christian.
The Lady Falcons and the Pride clash at 7 p.m. today at Bradshaw Christian in Sacramento.
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