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Miners, Falcons primed for volleyball playoffs, ratings say

The Union staff

If the volleyball regular season had ended last Friday, just two of the three western Nevada County teams would be headed for the playoffs.

But fortunately for the Bear River Bruins, there are still plenty of games to be played.

The Bruins (7-17 overall, 2-5 in Pioneer Valley League play) were the 22nd rated team in Division IV when the Sac-Joaquin Section released its power ratings at the halfway point of the season. The top 16 rated teams in each division qualify for the postseason.

In Division I, seven-time defending section champion Nevada Union (22-7, 5-2 Sierra Foothill League) is rated as the fifth-best team thus far.

Oak Ridge (17-9, 7-1 Sierra Valley Conference), which won Division II section championship last season, is rated the top club in its Division I debut. The Trojans defeated Nevada Union 3-1 in Sept. 30 nonleague match.

Pleasant Grove (16-1, 4-0) of the Delta River League rates second, while Monticello Empire League power Napa (19-5, 9-0) is third and Lodi (13-7, 4-0), which leads the San Joaquin Athletic Association, is fourth.

Playing in the SFL, which is the highest-rated league in the section, could help the Miners climb higher in the ratings by season’s end, if NU can put together a run at the league crown.

Forest Lake Christian (9-8, 4-2 Central Valley Christian League) also appears to be headed for the postseason. The Falcons are rated sixth in Division V. Stone Ridge Christian (9-4, 8-0) of the Mountain Valley League holds the top spot.

Forest Lake’s CVCL rival Woodland Christian (17-7, 7-1) is rated second.

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