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Flying blind: Buhach knows little of foe

Michelle Osmer doesn't have much of a scouting report on Sacramento Rosemont.

One of her players has a relative that has seen Rosemont play.

Not exactly the type of information you want to use to draw up a game plan with your season on the line.

Osmer's girls will more-or-less be going blind into tonight's Sac-Joaquin Section Division II volleyball playoff game.

The game starts at 7 p.m.

"You definitely always try to scout everybody," Osmer said. "All we heard is they've got a pretty good hitter.

"They did fax us a roster, but it didn't have any heights. We really have no idea."

Like most coaches around playoff time, Osmer starts working the phone to get any information she can on out-of-area opponents.

"I usually talk to a guy in Lodi that knows volleyball in the area," Osmer said.

"I can usually find something out. But it's nothing like seeing them play.

"I think the best thing we did was playing St. Mary's this year. We're not going to see a better team than them and we played them pretty well."

Osmer doesn't spend much time watching a team warm-up. She does feel you can spot some useful information.

"I have someone do that for me," Osmer said. "Everyone is different. Anybody can look impressive at the net during warm-ups.

"You can spot left-handers. Right away if we spot a left-hander, or if they have a big middle, we can change our defense."

Without much to go on, BC will do what its done all season: play good defense and be smart on offense.

That's how it compiled a 12-5 record and earned the No. 6 seed.

This will be a busy day, with nine volleyball teams opening the playoffs.

Merced and Golden Valley start the Division I playoffs on the road.

No. 15 Merced is traveling to No. 2 Fairfield Rodriguez and No. 9 GV faces No. 8 Sacramento McClatchy.

Le Grand, Hilmar and Stone Ridge Christian will all open the playoffs at home tonight.

SOCCER

Like Osmer, BC soccer coach Josh Newton doesn't know much about Stockton Franklin.

Buhach Colony travels to face Franklin in the section quarterfinals today at 3 p.m. at Stockton's Verner Field.

"Our stats are pretty even," Newton said. "I don't know any coaches that have played them.

"We're just going to do what we do and hope it works out."

That's been fine so far.

BC is 15-2-4 this season after defeating Modesto 2-1 in the first round last week.

With the semifinals scheduled for Wednesday night at Stockton Lincoln, Newton had his players go through a light practice on Monday.

"We hope to be playing two straight days," Newton said. "It definitely plays a part in the game if we're winning (today).

"You want to get some guys rest. We're not used to playing back-to-back days. After some of our tough games against Atwater and Merced this year, our guys were sore the next day."

In other soccer action today Livingston travels to Calaveras in the Division V playoffs.

Le Grand opens up against Forest Lake Christian and Mariposa travels to Lindhurst in the Division VI playoffs.

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