Volleyball: Tracy High playoff bound
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Tracy High’s varsity volleyball team is looking forward to its first playoff appearance since 2005 after finishing in third place in the San Joaquin Athletic Association season standings.

The Bulldogs (12-5 overall, 6-4 SJAA) beat Bear Creek (8-12, 4-6) in Stockton on Monday, Oct. 29, with set scores of 25-15, 25-17, 25-17, to wrap up the season.

Junior Julia Jurado led the Bulldogs’ scoring effort with 11 kills and also had five digs, while sophomore setter Mika Fithian had 22 assists.

Junior Jill Finney made seven kills, senior Angela Mariani had five aces and five digs, and sophomore libero Casey Eddy had eight digs.

Under a new playoff format adopted for 2012, the top three teams from 25 of the section’s 27 leagues, the top two from the two others will qualify.

Any other team that finishes at .500 or better in league play will also go to playoffs. Qualifying teams will be divided into seven brackets based on school population.

Tracy is ranked No. 11 in the 14-team Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs. The Bulldogs play their first-round match on the road Tuesday, Nov. 6, at No. 6 Rocklin High. Winner will face No. 3 Benicia or No. 14 Beyer on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Kimball 3, Manteca 0

Kimball High finished its league season in third place in the Valley Oak League.

The most recent was a 3-0 win on the road at Manteca High on Monday, Oct. 29, where the Jaguars (12-14-1 overall, 10-4 VOL), beat the Buffaloes with scores of 25-16, 25-13, 25-21. Details from the contest were not available.

Kimball, the No. 9 seed in Division II will go on the road to face Atwater High on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Winner of that match will face No. 1 El Camino on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Kimball 3, Lathrop 0

The Jaguars cruised through their last home game of the season on Oct. 22, against Lathrop High.

Kimball won with set scores of 25-8, 25-17, 25-10.

Junior Courtney Lewis had 12 kills for the night and also had six blocks, and junior Iris Nelson had 13 kills. Sophomore Maddy McLauchlin had 24 assists, and Sara Searle had 11 digs and four aces.

West 3, Stagg 0

The Wolf Pack concluded its regular season in second place in the Tri-City Athletic League with a win in Stockton against Stagg High.

West (14-5 overall, 7-3 TCAL) beat Stagg on Oct. 25 with set scores of 25-11, 25-14, 25-17 to finish the league season behind St. Mary’s and tied with Tokay, a finish good enough for a playoff berth.

Senior blocker Joelise Bondo logged 10 kills, six blocks and two aces against Stagg while senior Kalani Vaughns had 30 assists, 10 kills and six aces.

Jalissa Sims made six kills and two blocks, Daniele Schmig had three kills and three aces; Analyssa Eclevia, Merinesa Saaga and Kate Bell had four kills each; and Vanesa Vasquez had eight digs.

The Wolf Pack, the No. 19 seed in the 21-team SJS Division I bracket, now heads to Modesto on Friday, Nov. 2, to face Enochs High in the first round of playoffs. Winner of that game will face Granite Bay on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com
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