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Bruins keep Folsom volleyball team out of playoffs

By: by Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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For the first time in more than eight years the Folsom girls’ volleyball team won’t be going to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

Two losses against Ponderosa in their last three games nudged the Bulldogs just out of a chance to snag the third Delta River League berth into playoffs, despite taking Ponderosa to five games and losing 17-15 in a makeup game the teams should have played two weeks prior.

Ponderosa was able to reschedule an Oct. 5 match against Folsom to Oct. 19, which meant Folsom (3-6 DRL) and Ponderosa (4-5) would meet twice in five days.

The Bruins won 3-2 on Friday and they clinched the third berth with a second defeat of Folsom on Wednesday, 3-1.

Sac-Joaquin Section playoff rules have adjusted to take the top three teams in each league. Folsom will finish either fourth or fifth.

“On Friday [against Ponderosa] we played well. We battled with them all night and I can’t say we played badly, but things quickly went their way and didn’t go our way,” said Cinnamon DaSilva, Folsom coach.

It just so happened both squads had a 2-4 record entering the first match. The rescheduled match meant the Bulldogs would play Oak Ridge, St. Francis (9-0) and Ponderosa in the same week.

Folsom played five games in nine days with a 1-4 record, beating Sheldon 3-0.

Since triple-headers are extraordinary in league play, especially against two Division I powerhouse teams and Ponderosa, Folsom had a rough week.

Regardless of a win or a loss, Folsom turned around and played Ponderosa again on Wednesday.

“That whole situation was just unfortunate. It would have been one thing if this team gave up and lost 3-0, but they didn’t. They gave it their all each and every game and it’s unfortunate to not make playoffs this way,” said DaSilva.

St. Francis and Oak Ridge locked up the top two spots in the league.

Folsom took Oak Ridge (8-1) to five games in both league matches. The Bulldogs season has been competitive, but this scheduling quirk with Ponderosa was certainly the biggest surprise of the season.

“It would have been one thing if this team gave up and lost 3-0, but they didn’t. They gave it their all each and every game and it’s unfortunate to not make playoffs this way,” said DaSilva.

The first and second playoff berths were locked up between St. Francis and Oak Ridge.