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Buhach Colony untested in victory

ATWATER -- This isn't how Becca Osmer remembered the playoffs.

As an eighth grader four years ago, Osmer watched Buhach Colony make a playoff run to UC Davis.

She was in tears when BC finally lost in the section semifinals.

"I just remember being so nervous watching," Osmer said. "Everything was so intense. Now that it's us out there, it seems so surreal."

That same playoff intensity was missing Tuesday night -- mostly because the match was decided a few seconds into warm-ups.

No. 5 Buhach cruised to a 25-5, 25-7, 25-7 win over No. 12 Sacramento Rosemont Tuesday night in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs at Thunder Arena.

"We told them not to underestimate anybody," said Buhach coach Michelle Osmer, whose team improved to 13-5.

"We were a No. 16 seed once and kept upsetting everyone until we got to the final four.

"But this was somewhat of a letdown. You still want to win, but you want your team to be pushed and challenged in the playoffs.

"You want a game the crowd can get into. In the first game, you could tell the tone of the match."

Buhach used a pair of 8-0 runs in the first game to open up a 19-3 lead.

It was more of the same in the second game, with Buhach scoring the first 10 points.

"This isn't what we expected," said Becca, who led BC with eight kills and 10 digs. "It was still a boost for us though.

We know we're going to face a tougher team in the next round."

Alyssa Wakefield recorded two blocks and Rio Schwalbach finished with three aces for Buhach.

Michelle Osmer started playing everybody on the bench midway through the second game.

Senior Faye Olzack -- who hadn't played since late August due to a school-imposed disciplinary action -- earned some court time in the third game.

"I think she's somebody that can help us through the playoffs," Michelle Osmer said.

Buhach Colony will travel to face the No. 4 seed Yuba City on Thursday.

Yuba City defeated No. 13 Rio Linda 25-2, 25-8, 25-11 on Tuesday.

Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at sjansen@mercedsun-star.com">sjansen@mercedsun-star.com.

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