For the first time in two years, mid-valley girls volleyball teams will aim for Northern Section and Sac-Joaquin Section titles beginning Monday with the Sac-Joaquin play-in matches. 

Lindhurst earned a play-in match in the Sac-Joaquin D-III bracket and will open at Wood of Vacaville. The two schools, at least since 2004, have never met on the court. Lindhurst (7-11), which finished in a three-way tie for third in the Pioneer Valley League with Marysville and Center, will start play at Wood (7-12) beginning at 7 p.m. Monday. 

The winner faces top-seed Lincoln (25-2) Tuesday in the D-III quarterfinals. 

Marysville (6-18) also earned a play-in match in division IV and will host Encina Prep (Sacramento) Monday at 7 p.m. The Indians are 13-0 against Encina Prep, with the most recent matchup occurring in 2019. 

Monday’s Marysville-Encina Prep winner takes on No. 1 Escalon (25-2) in the first round on Tuesday at 7 p.m. 


Northern Section

East Nicolaus (15-2) earned the top seed among area schools within the Northern Section, awarded a No. 1 and opening-round bye in division V. 

The Spartans will host the winner of No. 8 Mount Shasta and No. 9 Portola at 7 p.m. Thursday in the second round. 

Mount Shasta played in the Shasta-Cascade League, while Portola was a member of the Mid-Valley League. 

In division IV, Colusa (30-7) earned the No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 Paradise (6-12) on Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m.

If the RedHawks win they will host the winner of No. 3 Willows and No. 6 Central Valley. 

The other side of the bracket is led by top-seeded University Prep (35-5), which won’t open postseason action until Nov. 2 against the winner of No. 4 Pierce (12-17) and No. 5 Williams (13-1). 

Colusa head coach Kim Roper believes that U-Prep won out with the top seed in D-IV due mostly to strength of schedule. 

“They had strength of schedule points,” Roper said. 

In addition to what Roper said was a stronger league, U-Prep faced off against the top seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section’s D-I bracket twice in tournament play. U-Prep lost both times to Oak Ridge for two of its five defeats. 

Roper said the second seed still gives Colusa a solid chance to get to the section finals Nov. 6 in Red Bluff. 

Should Colusa and U-Prep meet in the championship it will be the second time this calendar year that the two square off dating back to April when U-Prep won in straight sets during the COVID-19 spring modified season. 

“The team is excited and we will start fresh Monday,” Roper said. 

In D-III, Sutter (17-15) earned a home playoff match against sixth-seeded Yreka (13-8), a team that the Huskies haven’t played since 2015 when former Husky Gilian Tripp was a junior in high school. Sutter, which goes up against Yreka at 6 p.m. Tuesday, is 5-1 against the Miners since data was accumulated starting in 2004. 

With a win, No. 3 Sutter will play either No. 2 West Valley or No. 7 Lassen on Nov. 2. 

The other half of the bracket features No. 4 Gridley (14-12) hosting No. 5 Oroville (13-11) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with the winner getting top-seed Orland (24-2) on Nov. 2. 

Playoff tickets available online

Both the Sac-Joaquin and Northern Section will be utilizing GoFan for attendees to buy tickets online prior to each volleyball contest. 

To buy tickets for all volleyball playoff matches, visit and search for the school. 

In the Northern Section, tickets will be available online or at the gate. 

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