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Four New Teams Crash The NorCal Volleyball Rankings As Just Seven Top 20 Teams Avoided Losses Over A Busy Tournament Weekend • NorCal Volleyball... SportStars NorCal Volleyball Rankings | Top 20, Sept. 20

Four New Teams Crash The NorCal Volleyball Rankings As Just Seven Top 20 Teams Avoided Losses Over A Busy Tournament Weekend •

NorCal Volleyball Rankings

All records are through Monday, Sept. 19. Previous ranking in parenthesis.
PICTURED ABOVE: Paige Bennett of No. 8 Foothill-Pleasanton. (Jean-Paul Toshiro photo)

1. (1) St. Francis-Mountain View   12-0

2. (2) Archbishop Mitty-San Jose   15-4

3. (5) Monte Vista-Danville   14-1

4. (6) Branson-Ross   4-5

5. (9) Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton   9-5

6. (NR) St. Mary’s-Stockton   9-5

7. (7) Amador Valley-Pleasanton  6-1

8. (8) Foothill-Pleasanton   15-2

9. (3) Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills   13-2

10. (NR) Campolindo-Moraga   9-5

11. (11) Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland   11-4

12. (12) Tamalpais-Mill Valley   16-2

13. (13) University-S.F.   10-2

14. (10) Marin Catholic-Kentfield   12-6

15. (NR) Redwood-Larkspur   8-4

16. (4) Whitney-Rocklin  17-1

17. (14) St. Ignatius-S.F.   10-8

18. (19) San Ramon Valley-Danville   11-2

19. (18) Valley Christian-San Jose   8-3

20. (NR) Burlingame  10-2

DROPPED OUT:

No. 15 Carondelet-Concord, No. 16 Rio Americano-Sacramento, No. 17 Rocklin and No. 20 Notre Dame-Belmont.

5 TEAMS KNOCKING (ALPHABETICALLY):

Christian Brothers-Sacramento (11-4), Los Altos (12-4), Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F. (6-5), Tracy (10-5) and Vacaville (9-4).

AT THE NET

We knew a reshuffle was coming to these NorCal Volleyball Rankings, but that was pretty quick. With several tournaments last weekend, including the Durango Fall Classic in Las Vegas, there were a number of ranked teams that played seven matches or more last week. And going 7-0 ain’t easy, even for some of the best teams. Thus, 13 teams from last week’s Top 20 suffered losses last week.

No. 2 Mitty-San Jose took on three losses at the Durango tournament, but none were to NorCal teams so they retained their spot. Six other teams also hung to their ranking from last week, including No. 7 Amador Valley-Pleasanton and No. 8 Foothill-Pleasanton. The cross-town rivals will face either other Thursday at Amador. Another East Bay Athletic League team, Monte Vista-Danville, used a 6-0 week (including a win over Amador) to vault two spots to No. 3.

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Branson-Ross, whose only NorCal losses are to the top three teams, also jumped two spots to take over No. 4. If the Bulls hope to stay there, they’ll need to win at No. 14 Marin Catholic-Kentfield tonight (Tuesday). Rounding out the Top 5 is Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton, which moved up four spots — but also has two tough league matchups followed by the Chandler Memorial Tournament at Menlo School-Atherton on Saturday.

St. Mary’s-Stockton is one of four new teams to the rankings this week, debuting at No. 6 after a 4-1 week that included two wins over previous-No. 3 Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills. The Rams defeated Oak Ridge 3-2 in nonleague play and then 2-0 in tournament action. With those two wins, and previous No. 4 Whitney-Rocklin also losing to an unranked team (Christian Brothers-Sacramento), the Sac-Joaquin Section pecking order was thrown into disarray.

Honestly, the parity in the SJS seems extremely strong in the early going. Oak Ridge and Whitney each stay in another week — and will play each other on Thursday. Three other teams — Christian Brothers, Tracy and Vacaville — all entered the “5 Teams Knocking” category after it was too hard to separate any of the three for potential inclusion in the Top 20. They all have very similar resumes and head-to-win wins against each other.

Finally, Campolindo-Moraga and Redwood-Larkspur debut at No. 10 and and No. 15 respectively. Campolindo’s only NorCal losses are a pair of defeats to No. 8 Foothill-Pleasanton. Redwood, which went 5-0 last week, only has losses to the top three ranked teams, and Campo.

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Chace Bryson

Chace Bryson is the managing editor of SportStars Magazine. Reach him at Chace@SportStarsMag.com

  • bill

    September 20, 2022 #1 Author

    This looks pretty good. But Bishop O Dowd, Tam and University play too weak of schedules to be that high. Teams like Redwood and San Ramon Valley would be undefeated playing those schedules. If you haven’t played at least 3 teams in the top 20, what are you doing?

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    • bill

      September 22, 2022 #2 Author

      And 2 days after posting the above, Redwood easily beats Tam 3-0. If your schedule is light, you are dead — you aren’t battle tested — girls volleyball is very uneven so it means nothing to be 15-1 against bad teams. This is where these rankings always fail — every year. The top programs are loaded and teams like University & Archie Williams inflate their records against bad teams,. but they have no shot against teams with lesser records that get far better playing tough competition and by midlate in the season, teams like Tam get run over 3-0.

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      • bill

        September 22, 2022 #3 Author

        The goal of the preseason isn’t to rack up wins — its to improve. Somehow magically in high school athletics, things tend to even out. Teams don’t figure out their rosters and rotations until 10-15 games into the season. By the 20-25th match, your record means nothing anymore. Its all dated info.

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