It took Sierra all five sets, but they beat the Badgers in a very competitive game Thursday night to win the North Sequoia League Championship (25-22, 22-25, 25-19, 21-25, 15-9).
Both teams came into the game with identical 8-1 league records, with Sierra’s only league loss against Liberty, and Yosemite’s to Sierra earlier in the season.
Both teams start the CIF Central Section play-offs next week - Sierra in D-IV (15 teams), and Yosemite in D-III (13 teams). Yosemite is the only team from the NSL playing in the D-III division.
Yosemite, coached by Michele Chenowith, received the No. 3 seed, and has a bye on Nov. 10. The Badgers will play in the quarter-finals at 7 p.m., Nov. 12, at home against the winner of the game between No. 6 seed Reedley and No. 11 Foothill. The No. 1 and 2 teams in the division are Bakersfield Christian, and Mission Oak. The semi-final games will be played at 7 p.m., Nov. 17.
Sierra, coached by Amanda Thompson, is the No. 1 seed in D-IV, and like Yosemite, has a bye on Nov. 10, before playing the winner of the game between No. 8 Taft and No. 9 Bishop Union, at 7 p.m., Nov. 12, at home, in the quarter-finals. The semi-final games will be played at 7 p.m., Nov. 17.
Minarets, coached by Jessica Carter, and Liberty (Madera Ranchos) are the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in D-IV.
It is very possible Sierra and Minarets could meet for the D-IV Section Championship at 12:30 p.m., at West Hills College in Lemoore.
JV team wins league title
After losing the first set 25-16, the Yosemite JV team, coached by Tricia Ruiz, came back to win the next two sets (25-17, 17-15) to beat Sierra Thursday. The Badgers went undefeated in league (10-0), and the win over Sierra clinched the NSL Championship.