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Bear River, Colfax, Del Oro, Placer volleyball waiting for SJS playoff seeding

By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
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After Bear River and Placer High both earned victories on Tuesday night, it’s now official that the two squads are co-Pioneer Valley League champions. 
 
“We set a goal to win league and we will gladly share that with Bear River,” said Placer coach Jennifer Wright, whose team went 9-1 in PVL just like Bruins coach Matt MacDonald’s squad.
 
“They earned that game on Thursday. … I think we’re both special teams that will go far in playoffs. Now we’re on to season No. 2, Wright said.”
 
The Bruins and the Lady Hillmen, along with Colfax and Del Oro, are now awaiting to hear from the section as to what seeds they will be when the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs start Friday. 
 
It’s possible that Colfax and Del Oro could be playing Friday, while the Bruins and Lady Hillmen are likely to have home games on Tuesday.
 
This season the section has done away with power rankings and switched to a new format where the top three teams in each division qualify for the playoffs, along with all teams better than .500. 
 
With Placer beating Lincoln, 25-19, 25-10, 25-11, and Bear River beating Colfax, 25-14, 25-19, 25-15, on Tuesday, Colfax (6-4 PVL) finished second in the league standings.
 
Despite the loss, Falcons coach Vicky Satterlee said, “It was a very strong swinging match, with good hitting and good serving. I was proud of my girls.”
 
Maddi Ittner (12 kills, three blocks, three aces), Sophie Satterlee (26 assists, two aces) and Stephanie Scott (five kills, three aces, three block).
 
Del Oro (6-4 Sierra Foothill League) finished its regular season Tuesday with a win over Roseville, 13-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-14, on its senior night. 
 
Seniors Morgan Lees (18 kills), Stephanie Solich (15 kills), Summer Shell (20 digs) and Amy Heyn (20 digs, 31 assists) all played well. 
 
Golden Eagles coach Stu Kageta thinks his team will play Tuesday, but he isn’t sure with the new format. 
 
After celebrating an emotional senior night for Lauren Collins, Allie Hess, Kellyn McDonald, Tara Randall and Kirstin Schauble, coach Wright is giving her girls Halloween off. They’ll resume practice Thursday.
 
At 23-5, Placer should be the highest seed of the local schools. Wright hopes to have Collins (shoulder), who sat out of Thursday’s everybody-plays-anywhere lineup, back in time for the playoffs. 
 
Reach Matthew Kimel at matthewk@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewkimel