OAKDALE -- It didn't take Oakdale High long to recover from its heartbreaking loss to rival Sonora, a match that decided the Valley Oak League crown.
The Mustangs bounced back Tuesday with a 25-11, 25-17, 25-15 win over Marysville to open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs.
Jaci Powell had 12 kills and Taylor Harper had 14 assists for the fifth-seeded Mustangs (20-4), who visit No. 4 Del Oro on Thursday. Oakdale's Alexis Evans was all over the court with 20 digs.
SONORA 3, DIXON 0, at Sonora -- The Wildcats (19-2), coming off a stirring victory over rival Oakdale to clinch their league title, carried that momentum into the playoffs with a 25-8, 25-14, 15-14 rout. Allison Holt had nine kills and eight aces for Sonora, which hosts Union Mine in Thursday's quarterfinal.
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Setter Ali Chabot kept the ball moving with 17 assists, while Ashley Pittman kept balls in play with her nine digs.
GOLDEN VALLEY 3, McCLATCHY 0, at Sacramento -- Courtney Vyfhuizen got the Cougars (13-5) rolling with four consecutive aces to open the match on the way to a 25-19, 25-16, 25-13 victory. The Cougars face top-seeded Nevada Union on Thursday. Vyfhuizen finished with eight aces and 22 assists.
MERCED 3, RODRIGUEZ 2, at Fairfield -- Brooke Wilson said the celebration was insane. The Merced volleyball coach let her players go crazy. They deserved it, as the No. 15 Bears (17-8) upset the No. 2 Mustangs 18-25, 22-25, 25-19, 27-25, 15-10.
"The last game, every point we earned, everybody came off the bench," Wilson said. "After the last point, we rushed the court. They had a room for us. We just yelled and screamed. We just enjoyed it. A 15 knocking off a two, that's a biggie."
Kelsie Hanson led Merced with 22 kills. Erika Marmolejo added 19 kills and two blocks and Laura Meller finished with 46 assists.
BUHACH COLONY 3, ROSEMONT 0, Becca Osmer led the No. 5 Thunder with eight kills and 10 digs in their 25-5, 25-7, 25-7 victory over No. 12 Rosemont. Buhach Colony will travel to face the No. 4 seed Yuba City on Thursday. Yuba City defeated No. 13 Rio Linda 25-2, 25-8, 25-11 on Tuesday.
ORESTIMBA 3, VACAVILLE CHR. 2, at Vacaville -- The Warriors didn't allow a road trip or a heavily favored opponent spoil its playoff opener. The Warriors, after a two-hour trip, stunned highly touted Vacaville Christian 25-23, 22-25, 31-33, 25-21, 15-7 on the strength of the front-line play of Jacquie Kinimaka and Ryan Ramos.
"Jacquie missed part of the season with an injury, but she was jumping out of the gym," said coach John Labno, whose middle hitter had a season-high 21 kills. "She's in the middle, but she was going side to side, too."
Setter Carlee Felber has 42 assists and Kara Spinelli had seven aces for the Warriors (23-9), who visit Western Athletic Conference rival Hilmar Thursday.
"Jacquie and Ryan pulled us through game four," said Labno, noting the 5-foot-9-inch Kinimaka is a high jumper. "We had seven service errors in the second game, that put us in a hole, but Kara's serving got us on track."
BIG VALLEY CHR. 3, NEW LIFE CHR. 1, at Marysville -- The Lions (18-10) made the long road trip worthwhile, as Anike Rigney (27 assists) controlled the tempo and Tiffany Ingram had seven kills and seven aces in the 25-12, 20-25, 25-9, 25-21 win. "Getting our first playoff win is a big thing," said coach Larry Hagstrom.
TURLOCK CHR. 3, VICTORY CHR. 0, at Turlock -- The Eagles (22-12) rallied in all three games to pull out a 25-23, 25-23, 25-21 first-round win.
"They were all tough (games)," coach Keith Landmeier said. "Candice Balswick gave us a nice lift with her outstanding serving."
Mallory Iltis led the front line with nine kills, and also had 11 assists and two digs.