Three teams still alive after round one
Forest Lake Christian saw its volleyball and soccer teams win the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs Tuesday, and Nevada Union’s volleyball team also advanced. The Bear River volleyball team, meanwhile, suffered a season-ending loss, 3-0, at Summerville.
Second-round action begins at 3 p.m. today with the Falcons’ Division VI soccer team.
Forest Lake Christian, the No. 1 seed from the Central Valley Christian League, beat Golden Empire League No. 3 San Juan 5-0 at home. The victory pins FLC against Southern League No. 2 Le Grand in a rematch of the 2002 section championship, which the Falcons won 2-1.
The Bulldogs beat GEL No. 2 Marysville 4-3 Tuesday in their first-round match.
Forest Lake Christian enters the game with a 19-3-2 overall record, after finishing CVCL play 11-0-1, while Le Grand finished 10-8-2 overall and 9-4-2 in league play. Today’s winner will advance to the section championship at 10 a.m. Saturday at Folsom High School.
Both No. 1 seeds in volleyball won 3-0 at home in the first round, and will host the second round at 7 p.m. today.
In Div. I, Nevada Union (28-6) beat No. 16 Modesto 25-14, 25-16, 25-19 for the Miners’ 17th-straight win in the section playoffs. No. 8 Napa (15-11) beat Tokay 3-1 Tuesday to earn a trip to the Ali Gym to play the four-time defending SJS champs.
Forest Lake Christian beat No. 16 Elliot Christian 25-13, 25-14, 25-16 in the first round of the Div. V playoffs. At 7 p.m. today, the Falcons host No. 8 Victory Christian for the fourth meeting between the teams this season. In each of the previous three matches, the Falcons won 3-0.
But FLC coach Travis Smith knows the past means little.
“The difficulty of being a No. 1 is that you’re expected to win,” Smith said after Tuesday’s triumph. “And everyone we play – every point they score is big, so they have nothing to lose.”
Forest Lake Christian improved to 17-2, while Victory Christian enters with a 20-5 record.
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