Top-seeded Central Valley Christian High appeared to barely break a sweat Thursday night in sweeping No. 2 Bakersfield Christian for its third straight Central Section Division IV volleyball championship.
The Cavaliers (30-6) breezed 25-17, 25-8, 25-14 and move on to tougher challenges in the Southern California Division IV Regional playoffs, where they reached the semifinals last year.
Danielle Nederend had 13 kills and 11 digs for CVC, which beat the Eagles (31-4) 3-0 during the regular season. Ashley Vander Tuig added 8 kills and 13 digs, Tori Moons 31 assists and Tess Van Grouw 17 digs.
CVC will host a regional game on Tuesday. Pairings come out Sunday, and coach Meghan Warkentin is hoping for a No. 2, but "it could be anything from a 1 to a 4."
Though CVC didn't lose a set in the section playoffs, Warkentin knows from experience as a former Cavalier that the regionals are huge step up.
"It's a concern," she said, "but I'm thankful we had some competition in tournaments, and Clovis West was great preparation."
The Cavaliers upset then No. 1 Clovis West 3-1 to take over the top spot, and their only loss in section was 2-0 at the Clovis Challenge to Centennial, No. 2 in the D-I playoffs. Division III
Independence won an all-Bakersfield final, beating Golden Valley in four sets in a matchup of the division's top two seeds.
The Falcons – who fell 3-2 to Madera South in last year's final – were toughened by a Southwest Yosemite League season that saw them go 0-10 but playing against teams seeded Nos. 2-6 in the Division I playoffs.
The Clovis girls will face Clovis West in the section D-I title game for the second straight year as the playoffs wrap up Saturday.
Game time is 11 a.m. Clovis won its first section title last season, defeating the two-time defending champion Golden Eagles 3-2.
The top-seeded Cougars outscored opponents 19-5 in their previous two playoff matches. Clovis West, the second seed, has a 31-11 edge in its two wins.
In Saturday's other matches, No. 1 Buchanan hosts No. 2 Clovis West at 1 p.m. in D-I boys; No. 1 Clovis North is at home at 11 a.m. to face No. 3 Memorial in D-II boys; and No. 1 Clovis North hosts No. 6 Golden West at 12:30 p.m. in D-II girls.
Garces' boys beat Tulare 9-8, and Mt. Whitney's girls topped Tulare 9-7 in Wednesday's D-III matches.