Local volleyball teams start playoffs | TheUnion.com

Local volleyball teams start playoffs

The Nevada Union girls volleyball team celebrates after beating Woodcreek Tuesday, advancing them to the playoffs.
Photo by Brian O’Brien |

There is no doubt about it. This area produces some quality girls volleyball.

Nevada Union, Bear River and Forest Lake Christian are all sending their girls volleyball teams to the playoffs, which get started today.

Last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV champion, Bear River, took second place in the Pioneer Valley League this season and took on a brutal non-league schedule, all of which contributed to its No. 3 seed in the section Division-IV playoffs. The Lady Bruins (18-14, 8-2 PVL) begin their title defense tonight against No. 14 Marysville at Jack R. McCrory Gymnasium. Marysville finished the regular season 16-11 and placed second in the Golden Empire League with a 10-5 record.

Nevada Union busted into the Division-I playoffs for the first time since 2009 and drew the No. 10 seed. The Lady Miners (17-18, 4-6 Sierra Foothill League) finished the SFL in fourth place and will travel to face No. 7 seed Rodriguez (Fairfield) today.

The Lady Miners have had consistency problems this season. When they are on, they can compete with most quality teams, but when they are off, they lose to the likes of Del Oro (7-23, 2-8 SFL). NU takes on a Rodriguez team that finished 21-8 overall and 10-5 (third) in the Monticello Empire League.

Forest Lake Christian, powered by a senior-heavy lineup, finished first in the Central Valley California League, propelling it to a first round bye.

The No. 3 seed Lady Falcons will be a force in the section’s Division-V bracket.

The Lady Falcons (20-4, 12-0 CVCL) will put their 10-match winning streak on the line Thursday at home when they host the winner of today’s Golden Sierra/Foresthill contest.

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