Girls Volleyball: State Championship brackets released

The Sacred Heart Cathedral girls volleyball team during pregame festivities before the Central Coast Section Division III championship game on Saturday at Independence High School in San Jose. The Irish are the top seed in the Northern California region of the Division III state tournament, which begins next week. (Photo by Doug Ko)

By Jeremy Balan

It will be an exciting week for high school sports in San Francisco, with Turkey Day, basketball starting, Central Coast Section football playoffs continuing and the CIF State Championship girls volleyball playoffs beginning.

The brackets for the state tournament were released today, and Balboa, Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Ignatius are all in the Division III bracket. University is in the Division V bracket, with North Coast Section rival Branson as the top seed.

We could have a City tilt in Division III if Balboa wins its play-in game against Enterprise, and the Bucs had some success against Sacred Heart early in non-league play, winning a game in a 25-15, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21 Irish win. Sacred Heart has the top seed in the Northern California region, while St. Ignatius will have to hit the road to take on Vista del Lago of Folsom.

Here are the full Division III and Division V NorCal brackets.

Division III

Monday play-in game

(8) Balboa [20-10] vs. (9) Enterprise (Redding) [25-19] @ SOTA, 7 p.m.

Tuesday first round

Play-in game winner @ (1) Sacred Heart Cathedral [30-7], 7 p.m.
(5) Drake (San Anselmo) [19-9] @ (4) Foothill (Palo Cedro) [27-16], 7 p.m.

(6) Christian Brothers (Sacramento) [27-12] @ (3) Albany [33-6], 7 p.m.
(7) St. Ignatius [26-12] @ (2) Vista del Lago (Folsom) [35-9], 7 p.m.

Division V

Tuesday first round

(8) University Prep (Redding) [27-5] @ (1) Branson (Ross) [36-1], 7 p.m.
(5) Woodside Priory (Portola Valley) [25-5) @ (4) Ripon Christian [27-10), 7 p.m.

(6) University [26-10] @ (3) Castilleja (Palo Alto) [20-14], 7 p.m.
(7) Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) [12-19] @ (2) Hamilton (Hamilton City) [40-4], 7 p.m.

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  1. SF Ref says:

    Too bad Balboa and Enterprise have to play at SOTA, that has to be the worst floor in all of San Francisco.

  2. GCJ01 says:

    Good job Bal! Send Enterprise home with a loss!!!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    So this is balboa’s play in match meaning they aren’t even in state champs yet? So if they win then they are considered in state and if they beat SH then they’ll be in semifinals right?

  4. Ken Rivera (G-House) says:

    I’m soooooo geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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