By Ray Hamill — Three of the four H-DNL teams to qualify for the North Coast Section playoffs will host their opening games this week.
And that includes a potential all-local quarterfinal showdown on Saturday in Division 6.
Little 4 champion St. Bernard’s received the top seed in Division 6 and will have an opening-round bye in the 12-team bracket.
The Wildcats will also host their opening game, when they play the Panthers on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Del Norte and Arcata also made the playoffs in Division 4 and will open on Wednesday night.
After securing a perfect Big 5 championship last week, the Del Norte girls will host their opener.
The Warriors received the No. 7 seed and will welcome No. 10 Fort Bragg to Crescent City.
Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Tigers lost just two league games this fall — both to Del Norte — and are 23-9 overall, while the dominating Del Norte girls are 21-8 overall and were 8-0 in league without dropping a single set.
The Tigers are familiar with the Knights after barely losing a competitive match to them at the recent Rancho Cotate tournament by a score of 18-25, 25-21, 20-18.
“The team is excited to get another shot at them,” Arcata head coach Laurie Griffith said.
Cardinal Newman is seeded No. 1 in the 16-team D-4 bracket.