The Week Ahead
When the Sac-Joaquin Section has released its volleyball power ratings in the past four years, Bob Rogers hasn’t been surprised to find his Nevada Union Miners holding the top spot.
After all, as the four-time defending Division I champion, Nevada Union has won 16-straight section playoff matchups.
And once again, with the SJS’s power ratings released late last week, the Miners appear to be the team to beat.
The Miners (16-2 overall, 8-0 SFL), who are followed in the power ratings by Lodi, Turlock, Yuba City and Beyer in the top five, continue their quest for the Sierra Foothill League championship on Thursday, when NU travels to Del Oro (11-1, 3-4).
“We’re starting to work on some stuff so we can put on a good show in the playoffs,” Rogers said Tuesday, when asked about the Miners’ bid for a fifth-consecutive D-I crown.
Just three schools have won five-straight section titles in volleyball. Linden won five in a row at the Division IV level between 1994-1998, while Ripon Christian won six-straight Division V championships between 1991-1996.
St. Mary’s is the lone Division I school to pull off five championships in a row, and even added a sixth, between 1991-1996.
“There are some pretty good teams in there this year,” said Rogers. “I know the No. 5 seed is a very good team in Beyer. And Yuba City is doing well.
“Don’t forget, (Yuba City) made it to the section final last year.”
Yuba City (25-5), which fell to the Miners 3-0 in the 2005 section final, defeated Nevada Union 3-2 in this season’s foundation game on Aug. 31.
Nevada Union fans will get just one more chance to catch the Miners at home in the regular season. NU will host second-place Rocklin (24-7, 6-2) on Oct. 26.
In addition to Thursday’s trip to Del Oro, the Miners are also on the road Oct. 24 at Oakmont (21-7, 4-4) and Oct. 31 at Roseville (6-15, 0-8).
Nevada Union at Del Oro, Friday – The Miners look to take a large step toward a berth in the Division II playoffs on the road in Loomis today.
Currently holding third place with a 4-3-1 Sierra Foothill League mark, the Miners will hit the pitch against fourth-place Del Oro (3-3-2). A win would give the Miners some cushion heading into the final stretch of SFL action.
NU also still has a road trip to Oakmont (0-7-2) Friday, followed by the Miners’ final home match Oct. 25 against league-leading Rocklin (8-1-0) and an away match at fifth-place Roseville (3-4-2) on Oct. 27.
Divisional Tournament Monday in Lodi – Bear River’s varsity golf team, which wrapped up regular-season play Monday with a second-place finish in the Pioneer Valley League meet, will tee off in the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division IV Tournament at Lockeford Springs Golf Course in Lodi.
The Bruins will be joined by PVL champion Lincoln, as well as the top teams from the Capital Valley Conference and the Valley Oak League.
Nevada Union did not qualify as a team, but one Miner, freshman Christina Miller, will also tee off at Lockeford Springs on Monday. Miller, who finished among the top six individuals at the Sierra Foothill League Tournament Monday, will compete in the Division II Tournament against the top golfers from the Metro Conference and the Sierra Valley Conference.
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