Both Minarets and Sierra volleyball teams lost state Southern Section D-IV playoff opening round games Wednesday night.
The No. 11 seeded Minarets Mustangs (28-8, 10-0 WSL) lost in three sets to No. 6 Ontario Christian High (21-6), 25-15, 25-15, 25-9.
The No. 13 Sierra Chieftains (27-6, 8-2 NSL) lost to No. 4 Loma Linda Academy in four sets (25-22, 25-27, 25-17, 25-13).
In the D-III playoffs, No. 5 Mission Oak High of Tulare, the team that beat Yosemite High in three sets in the semi-finals round of the Central Section playoffs, was upset by No.12 Woodcrest Christian of Riverside in five sets (19-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-13, 15-19).
The No. 1 seed and Central Section D-III champions, Bakersfield Christian (35-1) won its opening round game, beating No. 16 Santa Ynez in four sets (23-25, 25-19, 25-9, 25-10). The Eagles play Saturday in round two of the Southern Section tournament.
For Minarets, the season ends on a high note, as the Mustangs upset both the Central Section D-IV No. 1 seed Liberty and No. 2 Sierra last week to retake the crown as Valley champions.
For details on the state playoff game, see the Nov. 24 edition of the Sierra Star.