HS Girls’ Volleyball: CIF-SS postseason brackets are live, 18 local teams move on

Hemet is one of 18 local teams to advance to the post season for girls’ volleyball. JP Raineri photo.

Postseason brackets went live the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 27, and 18 local high school girls’ volleyball teams will get to continue their season next week. The Southwestern League champions, Temecula Valley (29-3, 9-1), took top honors as the No. 3 seed in the Division 1 bracket. The Lady Golden Bears will have a bye in the opening round, which begins Tuesday, Oct. 31, and will host the winner of the Harvard-Westlake (18-8) and Ventura (18-7) first round match-up Thursday, Nov. 2.

Temecula Valley and Chaparral, along with the rest of the Southwestern League teams, will move on to the postseason. Donna Amoy photo.

Again, for the second consecutive year, the Southwestern League had all six of its teams qualify for the playoffs, five of whom will represent the valley in the elite Division 1 bracket. Vista Murrieta (16-7, 8-2) will travel to Edison (16-10) and Great Oak (15-10, 6-4) is also on the road as they head to Rancho Cucamonga (23-8). Murrieta Valley and Chaparral earned at-large berths into the Division 1 bracket and Murrieta Mesa did the same in Division 3. When postseason play begins next week the Lady Nighthawks (14-10, 4-6) will travel to Huntington Beach (24-6), Chaparral (13-11, 3-7) will play at Lakewood (23-4) and Murrieta Mesa (12-10, 0-10) will play the Sunbelt League champs, Elsinore High School (23-11, 10-0). The last time Murrieta Mesa won a match was when the Lady Rams swept the Tigers in a non-league bout earlier this season, which they did for the first time in school history.

Also from the Sunbelt League Paloma Valley (18-7, 8-2), who finished right behind Elsinore, is seeded fourth in Division 6 and will host La Sierra (12-10) in their first-round match Tuesday night. South Valley League co-champion Rancho Christian (20-4, 9-1) is the No. 2 seed in Division 9 and will play host to Encino’s Holy Martyrs (11-11-1) in Tuesday’s opening round.

CIF-SS Girls’ Volleyball playoffs (First match for local teams listed below. Matches at 7 p.m. but are subject to change.)

Division 1
Tuesday, Oct. 31, (first-round matches)
Vista Murrieta at Huntington Beach Edison; Great Oak at Rancho Cucamonga; Murrieta Valley at Huntington Beach; Chaparral at Lakewood.

Second-round match, Nov. 2
Studio City Harvard-Westlake or Ventura at Temecula Valley

Division 3
Tuesday, Oct. 31, (first-round matches)
Murrieta Mesa at Elsinore

Division 5
Tuesday, Oct. 31, (first-round matches)
Palm Springs at Hemet

Division 6
Tuesday, Oct. 31, (first-round matches)
La Sierra At Paloma Valley; Temescal Canyon at Beaumont

Division 7
Tuesday, Oct. 31, (first-round matches)
Perris at Duarte; San Jacinto at Moreno Valley

Division 9
Tuesday, Oct. 31, (first-round matches)
Calvary Murrieta at L.A. Sacred Heart of Jesus; Cal Lutheran at Santa Rosa Academy; Encino Holy Martyrs at Rancho Christian

Division 10
Tuesday, Oct. 31, (first-round matches)
Newport Beach Pacifica Christian at Cornerstone Christian

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