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Sacramento-area prep volleyball teams dominate

With just the semifinals left to play on Tuesday before the Sac-Joaquin Section championships on Thursday at UC Davis, there is one certainty. Sacramento-area teams will be well represented in the finals.

Of the 12 teams left in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I through D-III playoffs, nine are from the Sacramento area.

Top-ranked by The Bee all season and rated No. 1 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, Granite Bay (39-0) will host Pitman of Turlock in the D-I semifinals.

Granite Bay seniors Taylor Nelson (Cal Poly) and Maddy Deters (Concordia Irvine) signed letters of intent on Wednesday.

St. Francis, led by seven seniors who signed scholarship offers Wednesday, will host St. Mary’s of Stockton on Tuesday in the semifinals.

St. Francis has won the last two D-I titles. The Troubadours are led by Ali Koumelis (Portland University), Lea Felton (Hawaii Pacific), Anna Baytosh (Chico State), Karson Bisharat (Central Arizona), Chloe Hakim (UC Irvine) and Megan Sullivan and Noa Nightingale, both headed to UC Santa Barbara.

In D-II, Oakmont is one win from returning to the section title game after winning the D-III title in 2012. Led by juniors Abby Wubben and Kyra Rogers, Oakmont will face top-seed Vintage of Napa on Tuesday.

The winner will face the El Camino-Rocklin survivor in the final at UC Davis on Thursday. El Camino will travel to No. 2 seed Rocklin on Tuesday to take on the Thunder, which is led by seniors Bethany Mandon (Point Loma Nazarene) and Jolie Meade (Montana State).

Christian Brothers is seeded first in the D-III bracket and trying to win its first title since the Falcons won five consecutive D-IV crowns 2005 to 2009.

CBS will host fifth-seed Rio Americano on Tuesday.

The Falcons are led by senior Chelsie Valine, who signed with Sonoma State on Wednesday.

As the third seed in D-III, Placer will travel to No. 2 Vista del Lago on Tuesday for a possible berth in the final.

Placer seniors were a bit emotional after the Hillgals beat Benicia last week.

“I just wanted to cherish every moment,” senior Maddie Graham said of her last match in historic Earl Crabbe Gym.

Bear River is the only local team in the D-IV bracket. The defending section champion will travel 137 miles south to take on second seed Hilmar in the semifinals on Tuesday.

Woodland Christian, the defending D-V champion, will play D-V top seed Vacaville Christian in the semifinals Tuesday. Forest Lake Christian will play at Bradshaw Christian of Stockton.

Valley Christian, seeking a second straight appearance in the D-VI title game, will host Stone Ridge Christian of Merced in the semifinals. The Lions lost the 2012 final to Turlock Christian, which will host Victory Christian in the semis.

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