NorCal Championship Matches This Tuesday Feature Five Teams From The NorCal Volleyball Rankings, Including No. 1 vs. No. 2 •
NorCal Volleyball Rankings
All records are through Saturday, Nov. 13. Previous rank in parenthesis. Records obtained through MaxPreps.com
PICTURED ABOVE: No. 1 Archbishop Mitty-San Jose Huddles At The Stockton Classic Tournament. (Chace Bryson photo)
1. (1) Archbishop Mitty-San Jose 35-7
2. (2) St. Francis-Mountain View 20-11
3. (3) Marin Catholic-Kentfield 28-3*
4. (4) Menlo School-Atherton 29-7*
5. (5) Lincoln 30-3*
6. (6) St. Ignatius-S.F. 25-9*
7. (7) Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills 33-5
8. (9) Hillsdale-San Mateo 26-2
9. (8) Los Gatos 25-9*
10. (10) Branson-Ross 26-5*
11. (11) Amador Valley-Pleasanton 25-8*
12. (13) Christian Brothers-Sacramento 30-7*
13. (14) Monte Vista-Danville 24-10*
14. (15) Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa 28-5*
15. (16) Redwood-Larkspur 28-6
16. (12) Burlingame 26-7*
17. (17) St. Francis-Sacramento 24-10*
18. (18) Salinas 28-5*
19. (19) Cosumnes Oaks-Elk Grove 21-10*
20. (20) Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton 23-6*
* = Season Complete
5 TEAMS KNOCKING (ALPHABETICALLY):
Carondelet-Concord (25-12), Foothill-Pleasanton (29-5*), Granite Bay (27-15*), Santa Cruz (26-7) and University Prep-Redding (40-5).
AT THE NET
On Tuesday, Nov. 16, we’ll reach the final night of major consequence when it comes to NorCal rankings — NorCal Championship Night. While winning a state title can sometimes earn a one- or two-spot bump, things are mostly settled after NorCal titles have been earned.
Thankfully, our final No. 1 will be decided on the court when No. 1 Archbishop Mitty-San Jose hosts No. 2 St. Francis-Mountain View for the Open Division NorCal final. It will be the fifth and final meeting between the two West Catholic Athletic League programs. The season series is currently tied 2-2. St. Francis won both league matchups (3-1, 3-2). Mitty won a Stockton Classic tournament meeting (2-1) and the CCS Open Div. semifinal (3-2). Each of the last two meetings went five sets.
The CIF Div. I final will take place between No. 7 Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills and No. 8 Hillsdale. Oak Ridge punched its ticket to Tuesday with a 3-2 win over previous-No. 8 Los Gatos. Hillsdale eliminated No. 11 Amador Valley-Pleasanton in its regional semifinal. Oak Ridge is unlikely to move beyond its No. 7 ranking, which keeps it behind the top six Open Div. teams. A state title may possibly move the Trojans to No. 6, but we wouldn’t move them beyond Lincoln at No. 5.
The one other currently ranked team playing on Tuesday night will be No. 15 Redwood-Larkspur in the Div. II championship match. The Giants will travel to top-seeded Clovis. They are also a team that would likely need a state title to move any higher up.
Finally, there are few unranked teams in our “Knocking” category that could breakthrough with a win. The most likely candidate would be the winner of the Div. III regional final between Carondelet-Concord and Santa Cruz. Carondelet is the top seed in the bracket and comes from an East Bay Athletic League that already has two ranked teams (Amador Valley and No. 13 Monte Vista-Danville). Thus, the Cougars have the potential to climb higher into the rankings than 7-seeded Santa Cruz.