The top seeds are living up to their billing in the Northern Section Division V volleyball playoffs.
Hamilton improved to 39-4 overall with a 3-0 semifinal win over Mount Shasta Thursday night in Hamilton City. At the same time, No. 2 University Prep swept No. 3 Pierce.
U-Prep and Hamilton are scheduled to square off for the section title Saturday at Red Bluff High School.
Led by the top two hitters in the section, Hamilton advanced to Saturday’s championship with a 25-8, 25-12, 25-8 win over No. 5 Mount Shasta.
Section kills leader Aubrey Bekendam, an outside hitter, had 24 kills in 36 attempts against the Bears. Middle hitter/blocker Audra Jones, ranked second in the section, had 15 kills on 21 attempts.
The Bears’ season ended with a 12-8-1 overall record and second place finish in the Shasta Cascade League. They were the only lower seed to win in the playoffs, defeating No. 4 Portola on the road in the opening round, 3-1.