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Buchanan, Clovis West top volleyball seedings

The winners of the past four Central Section Division I volleyball championships are favored to play each other for another title - if playoff seedings announced Friday hold to form.

Buchanan High, which won three consecutive titles between 2005-07, was given the top seed while defending champion and Tri-River Athletic Conference rival Clovis West earned the second seed in a 10-team bracket.

Both schools drew first-round byes. Buchanan begins pursuit of its eighth section title Thursday against No. 8 Stockdale or No. 9 Clovis. Clovis West opens against No. 7 Madera or No. 10 Clovis East.

Opening-round matches are Tuesday.

The Clovis Unified rivals, which finished 1-2 in the TRAC, beat out a pair of Bakersfield schools - Southwest Yosemite League champion Centennial and Southeast Yosemite League co-champion Bakersfield - for the top two seeds.

Buchanan didn't lose to a team from the section while going 24-5 behind University of San Diego recruit Chloe Ferrari.

Eight of Clovis West's losses in a 29-10 campaign came against out-of-section competition and, in some cases, national-class competition in Archbishop Mitty-San Jose and Harvard-Westlake-North Hollywood. The Golden Eagles only two losses in-section came against Buchanan.

Finals, except in D-V, are Nov. 19.

In other highlights:

Division II: Frontier, which finished second behind Centennial in the SWYL while going 27-9, got the top seed over No. 2 Garces, which went 24-9 and placed third in the SEYL, and No. 3 El Diamante, which went 25-6 and shared the West Yosemite League title with No. 4 Lemoore.

Frontier and Garces open Thursday after drawing first-round byes.

Division III: South Sequoia League champion Tehachapi (26-4) and Central Sequoia League co-runner-up Exeter (22-7) - teams that have been ranked Nos. 1-2 in the division most of the season by The Bee - remain on a collision course after being given the top two seeds.

Both have first-round byes.

Division IV: Central Sequoia League champion Central Valley Christian (26-3) is the clear-cut favorite as the top-seeded Cavaliers own three sweeps this season of No. 2 Immanuel (16-10) and a sweep of No. 5 Bakersfield Christian (19-13).

CVC opens Tuesday against Orosi.

Division V: Top-seeded and defending champion Mission Prep doesn't even have to break a sweat to return to the final in this three-team bracket. No. 2 Fresno Christian hosts No. 3 Kings Christian on Tuesday for the right to face Mission Prep on Thursday for the final.

Water polo: Clovis West atop D-I

Clovis West is expected to rule the pool - again - after its boys and girls were given the top seeds for the D-I playoffs.

The Golden Eagles' boys are going for their 13th title and first since 2005. The girls are shooting for a second straight title and the program's ninth overall.

Neither Eagles team has been beaten by a section opponent this season.

The boys open a six-team bracket with a semifinal Thursday against the winner of Tuesday's game between No. 4 Clovis East and No. 5 Madera. The girls open Thursday against No. 4 Clovis East or No. 5 Bullard.

In the other brackets:

Boys Division II: Hanford, which won the West Yosemite League title, drew the top seed and is the favorite to unseat Monache as champion. East Yosemite League champion Dinuba is No. 2. Each drew byes and open their playoff runs with quarterfinals Thursday.

Boys Division III: Clovis North, a program without a senior class, was given the top seed and defending champion Hanford West the No. 2 seed for an eight-team bracket that starts Tuesday, when the Broncos host No. 8 Hoover and the Huskies face No. 7 Exeter.

Girls Division II: Porterville and El Diamante, which have combined to win the past four titles, secured the Nos. 1-2 seeds after winning the East Yosemite and West Yosemite league races, respectively.

Porterville, which won back-to-back titles in 2005-06, opens Thursday against the winner of Tuesday's game between No. 8 Yosemite and No. 9 Kingsburg.

El Diamante, the two-time defending champion, faces No. 7 Exeter on Thursday.

Girls Division III: Redwood is in position to repeat as champion after drawing the top seed. The Rangers are off Tuesday before hosting the winner between No. 4 Tulare and No. 5 Hanford on Thursday. Memorial was given the No. 2 seed.

Finals for boys and girls in Divisions I and III are Nov. 14. Finals for Division II are Nov. 17.