Top-seed Miners open title defense on home court
To the surprise of absolutely no one, the road to the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division I volleyball championship will once again go through Grass Valley.
That’s because, as the section announced Thursday, the five-time defending champion Nevada Union Miners have nailed down the No. 1 seed in the tournament and, potentially, three more home matches.
Nevada Union (38-4), which won the Sierra Foothill League championship with a perfect 12-0 mark, will open its chase for a record-tying sixth straight section championship with a home match at 7 p.m. Tuesday against 16th-seeded Tokay (16-14).
The Tigers, who went 6-4 for third place in the Tri-City League, split their final six matches of the season. Tokay earned wins over McNair, West and Stagg, but fell to the likes of Edison, Lodi and St. Mary’s (Stockton).
Tuesday’s winner will meet the winner of the first-round match between eighth-seeded McClatchy (13-8); the Metro Conference champion; and Golden Valley (25-13), the Central California Conference runner-up. Second-round matches are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8, with the semifinals – also at home sites – slated for Nov. 13.
The D-I championship match will be held at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at UC-Davis.
Falcons also tourney top seed
Forest Lake Christian finished its season with the Central Valley Christian League championship, and on Thursday learned that it holds the top seed for the Division V volleyball tournament.
The Falcons (15-9) will host either Stockton Christian (6-6) or Elliot Christian (8-14) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in first- round action. Those two teams will meet Monday to determine which will play Nevada Union in the first round.
On Nov. 8, the winner of that match will meet the winner of Tuesday’s first-round match between eighth-seeded New Life Christian and No. 9 Big Valley Christian.
Defending champ FLC hosts opener
Forest Lake Christian, which will defend its 2006 Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship, opens playoff action at home in a 3 p.m. Tuesday match-up against Le Grand.
The Falcons (13-5-5), the Central Valley Christian League champions, closed their regular season slate by winning 10 of their last 12 matches. The only matches FLC did not win were a pair of ties to Valley (Sacramento) and Victory Christian.
Le Grand (8-9-2), on the other hand, finished out the regular season by losing five of its last eight and finished third in the Southern League.
The Bulldogs were the team FLC defeated in last season’s semifinal round, when the Falcons broke a 1-1 tie with a 4-2 victory in a penalty kick shootout.
Tuesday’s winner advances to second round action on Nov. 8 against the winner of the first-round match between Golden Empire League champion Lindhurst (14-1-2) and Southern League runner-up Mariposa (21-3-3).
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