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Home sweet home: Seven local volleyball teams open playoffs on home court

Matt Thissen's been burned before.

Every year, the Golden Valley volleyball coach tries to crack the Sac-Joaquin Section's power rating formula, hoping to see which playoff seed his team has earned.

The section seeding committee uses the ratings as a playoff seeding guide.

However, they often will juggle teams around for different reasons.

For instance, the committee tries to award outright league champs with a first-round home playoff game.

The section also avoids matching up two teams from the same league in the first round.

"There have been a couple occasions in volleyball and basketball, where we didn't get the seed we earned," Thissen said.

"You kind of have to hope and see what happens. This time, it was a little bit of a relief."

Golden Valley (15-2) will enter the Division I playoffs as the No. 3 seed on Tuesday when it hosts Stockton Edison at 7 p.m.

Golden Valley was one of seven area teams to qualify for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. All seven earned a first-round home game on Tuesday night.

In Division II, No. 5 Buhach Colony (14-2) will host No. 12 Rio Americano, and No. 8 Atwater (12-3) opens up against No. 9 Pleasant Grove.

One of the more intriguing matchups in the Division IV bracket is No. 12 Escalon visiting No. 5 Hilmar.

Other local Division IV matchups include: No. 10 Capital Christian at No. 7 Mariposa and No. 9 Loretto opening against No. 8 Le Grand.

Stone Ridge Christian earned the top seed of any area team with a No. 2 seed in Division V. SRC will host No. 15 Valley Christian.

Thissen knew a fall to No. 4 would have meant being placed on the same half of the bracket as top seed Nevada Union, which has won six straight section titles.

"We've made that trip to NU three times," Thissen said. "Two times it wasn't pretty at all. One time we had a chance.

"It's nice to know if we're fortunate enough to play Nevada Union it will be in the finals on a neutral court."