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Hilmar volley falls to Nevada Union
Hilmar volley
While the Hilmar High varsity volleyball team fell in their Section semifinal match to Nevada Union on Tuesday, their season isn’t over yet. The Yellowjackets will compete in the CIF State tournament (Journal file photo).

For the first time since 2012, the Hilmar High varsity volleyball team will not be playing in a Sac-Joaquin Section championship game, as the No. 4 Yellowjackets fell to No. 1 Nevada Union on Tuesday after a wild 3-2 loss in the section semifinal contest.

Hilmar, which has an enrollment under 700, faced a NU school with an enrollment well over 1,600 and gave them all they could handle.

Hilmar won the first set, 25-21, then the next two sets saw NU come out on top.

The second set had the Miners respond with a 25-19 win of their own to tie it 1-1.

In the third set, NU notched a 25-19 win once again after a 14-3 rally to close it out and they went up, 2-1.

Hilmar responded in the fourth set with another similar score that ended 25-19, forcing a fifth set for a winner take all.

In the fifth set, NU managed to come out with a 15-13 win, securing their berth in the finale.

Hilmar’s overall record goes to 30-11 while their winning streak ends at seven.

NU is now 41-10.

Prior to Tuesday’s loss, the Yellowjackets had won 10 straight SJS contests dating back to 2017 as they went 2-1 this year, and 4-0 the past two seasons in the section playoffs.

Hilmar fails to advance to their seventh consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game after making it to the Division-IV final the last half a dozen seasons. This is the first time they competed in the D-III bracket.

Their season isn’t over yet, however, as Hilmar will compete in the CIF State tournament with an opponent and time yet to be determined.