Valley Christian tops Division VI power ratings for volleyball

By: Bill Poindexter
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Coach Maria Hill and the Valley Christian Academy volleyball team aren’t celebrating anything yet, but as the regular season has progressed, the Lions have recorded one accomplishment after another:
Valley Christian was undefeated at 17-0 overall – including 14 three-game sweeps – and 8-0 in the Sacramento Metro Athletic League heading into Friday’s match against Wilton Christian. The Lions also were closing in on the school’s first league championship in volleyball.
And on Monday, the Lions learned they were No. 1 in Division VI in the first power ratings of the season released by the Sac-Joaquin Section.
“I’m really proud of the girls. They’ve just really worked hard,” Hill said Thursday. “We knew from last year this would be the year if we were going to do it. We don’t want to jinx it, but they’re thrilled.”
Buckingham Charter of Vacaville, the only team to take Valley Christian to five games so far, is the 11th seed in Division IV.
Hill asked her team to become more versatile this season. Senior Sam Shoemake had always been a hitter, but she’s been sharing the responsibility of setting with junior Heather Frank.
“That’s been the key to our success. We’ve made the girls be versatile,” Hill said. “In volleyball, it’s usually one position. Sam has really stepped up and gone from being a major hitter to setting.”
In Division II, Oakmont is No. 10, Roseville is No. 12, and Woodcreek is No. 30. Rocklin, which is No. 1, defeated Roseville in four games Thursday night.
Granite Bay is No. 24 in Division I. The Grizzlies won the Division II section championship in 2004.
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