Little Debate Should Surround The Top Of Our Initial 2022 NorCal Volleyball Rankings As St. Francis-Mtn. View & Mitty Dominate Early •
NorCal Volleyball Rankings
All records are through Monday, Sept. 12. No previous rankings this week since it’s our first Top 20 of the season.
PICTURED ABOVE: Erin Curtis of No. 1 St. Francis-Mountain View. (Chace Bryson photo)
1. St. Francis-Mountain View 11-0
2. Archbishop Mitty-San Jose 10-1
3. Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills 9-0
4. Whitney-Rocklin 15-0
5. Monte Vista-Danville 8-1
6. Branson-Ross 2-3
7. Amador Valley-Pleasanton 5-0
8. Foothill-Pleasanton 10-1
9. Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton 6-4
10. Marin Catholic-Kentfield 8-2
11. Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland 10-4
12. Tamalpais-Mill Valley 13-2
13. University-S.F. 8-2
14. St. Ignatius-S.F. 3-4
15. Carondelet-Concord 12-2
16. Rio Americano-Sacramento 11-2
17. Rocklin 11-2
18. Valley Christian-San Jose 8-2
19. San Ramon Valley-Danville 9-2
20. Notre Dame-Belmont 8-2
5 TEAMS KNOCKING (ALPHABETICALLY):
Burlingame (8-2), California-San Ramon (13-2), Menlo School-Atherton (5-9), Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F. (4-2) and Summit Shasta-Daly City (13-2).
AT THE NET
Our first NorCal Volleyball Rankings for 2022 look an awful like the last set we did for 2021. The same two teams are at the top — though they’re flipped this time around.
St. Francis-Mountain View begins the season at No. 1 for us as they’ve cruised to an 11-0 start with a win over No. 2 Archbishop Mitty-San Jose. The Lancers also have wins over three other ranked teams (No. 6 Branson-Ross, No. 9 Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton and No. 18 Valley Christian-San Jose). But perhaps the No. 1 team’s most impressive feat to date is that it has yet to drop a set. They are 28-0 so far.
Two undefeated Sac-Joaquin Section teams have spots No. 3 and No. 4 with Monte Vista — one of five East Bay Athletic League teams inside the Top 20 — rounding out the Top 5. It will likely be a week or two before we truly are able to figure out the correct EBAL pecking order, but for now the defending North Coast Section Div. I champs have the edge. A sixth (!) EBAL team, California-San Ramon, is 13-1 and sits on the outside looking in. They did defeat No. 19 San Ramon Valley last week, but SRV has a couple more key wins, including No. 8 Foothill-Pleasanton and No. 15 Carondelet-Concord.
The Durango Fall Classic will take place this weekend in Las Vegas and three of our Top 20 will be there. No. 2 Mitty, No. 6 Branson and No. 14 St. Ignatius-S.F. will be desert-bound. We’re most interested in seeing how Branson does, as the Bulls have just five matches under their belts so far.