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Section finals scheduled in cross country, soccer, water polo

Valley Christian, Oakmont, Granite Bay advance to volleyball semifinals
By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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The first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs on Friday will be followed by championship Saturday in cross country, water polo and boys soccer, and Roseville high schools are shooting for blue championship banners.

The section cross country meet begins at 9 a.m. on the Willow Hill course at Folsom High School, and teams and runners from Roseville, Woodcreek, Oakmont and Granite Bay will answer starting guns throughout the day. Varsity boys and girls races in Divisions I and II are scheduled for 10 a.m., 10:30, 11 and 11:30.

Three soccer finals are scheduled at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove, the last of which will match Granite Bay against perennial power Jesuit for the Division I crown at 2 p.m. Jesuit is ranked No. 1 in the state by www.maxpreps.com. One of the Marauders’ two blemishes on their 26-1-1 season record is a 1-1 tie with the Grizzlies (20-3-1) in September. Granite Bay is ranked fifth in the state by maxpreps.com.

In the pool, Granite Bay will meet Davis for the Division I boys water polo championship at 1 p.m. at the Roseville Aquatics Complex. Finals also are scheduled in Division I girls and Division II boys and girls sandwiched around the Granite Bay-Davis match.

The Grizzlies have been a scoring machine in the playoffs with 38 goals in three games, most recently a 12-5 victory over Lodi in the semifinals. Davis defeated Stockton-St. Mary’s 10-8 in the other semifinal.

Volleyball quarterfinals were played Thursday night, and Roseville schools scored sweeps, as Division III top seed Oakmont, Division I No. 3 Granite Bay and Division VI No. 9 Valley Christian Academy rolled into the semifinals.

Oakmont (32-2) dispatched Oakdale on a long trip home with a 25-9, 25-10, 25-19 victory, and Granite Bay (38-5) ran the table on Stockton-Lincoln 25-18, 25-19, 26-24.

No real surprises there. But Valley Christian’s 25-16, 25-19, 25-22 mop job at top-seeded Marysville-New Life Christian was a bit of stunner, considering the Lady Lions (16-5) were swept there Sept. 11. Erin Patterson, HaeLeigh Sinerius, Jenny Frank and Katie Urban combined for 59 digs for Valley Christian. Emily Flood powered down a team-high 16 kills, and Patterson contributed behind the service line (16 points) and at the net (12 kills).

After playing the only out-bracket match in Division VI and having to travel through the No. 1 seed, Valley Christian now is set up to play No. 4 Victory Christian (17-7) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Carmichael.

Oakmont will be host to No. 13 El Dorado, and Granite Bay will travel to play No. 2 Stockton-St. Mary’s in other semifinals.

The finals are Thursday at UC Davis.