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Power Hungry: Elite NCVA Clubs Prepare For Boys Power League Season

Elite NCVA Clubs

If the Northern California Volleyball Association’s Boys Power League Qualifiers on Sept. 15-16 and Sept. 22-23 were any indication, club volleyball fans should prepare for more of what they saw in 2017.

Which is a lot of Mountain View Volleyball Club, Northern California Volleyball Club and Bay To Bay Volleyball Club.

Those three clubs dominated the top three power divisions a year ago, holding 17 of the top 21 spots. Each club placed two teams inside the top 7 of the Boys 17/18 point standings (MVVC 18 Red won it all).

They had five teams with the top 7 of the boys 15/16 point standings (MVVC 16 Red finished up top).

The clubs then had six more teams in the top 7 of the 13/14 points standings — MVVC 14 Red won it all while Bay To Bay placed teams in second, fourth, sixth and seventh.

It’s these three clubs’ Power League heading into 2018, and the rest are just trying to find cracks in the armor.

NCVC 18-1 Asics entered the 17/18 qualifying tournament as the No. 1 seed, and swept its way to a 7-0 weekend.

Elk Grove High Star Hitter Ian Smith

The team, which is led by Elk Grove High star hitter Ian Smith (661 kills as a junior for the Thundering Herd), went 7-0 and dropped just two sets. It will be the division’s top seed to open Power League Weekend No. 1 on Oct. 7.

Elite NCVA ClubsOther top seeds heading into the first weekend of league include No. 2 Bay to Bay 18-2 and No. 3 MVVC 18 Red. Bay to Bay 18-1, which includes many of the players who led last year’s Bay To Bay 17-1 team to the USA Volleyball Junior Nationals 17 Open title, will begin Power League as the No. 8 seed. It went 6-1 at the qualifier with its only loss coming to Bay To Bay 18-2.

In the 15/16 Division, MVVC owns the top three seeds to begin league. MVVC 15 Red owns the top seed followed by MVVC 16 Red and MVVC 16 Black. NCVC 16-1 Asics holds the No. 4 position and Bay To Bay 15-1 opens at No. 5.

Interestingly, none of these five squads entered the qualifying weekend as the top seed. That belonged to Fresno Volleyball Club 16 Red. It will begin league as the No. 7 seed.

MVVC 14 Red was the qualifying tournament’s top seed, and remains the top seed heading into the first weekend of league. MVVC 14 Black is No. 2, NCVC 14-1 Asics is No. 3 while Bay To Bay 13-1 and Bay To Bay 14-2 round out the top 5.

Power League breaks down to four league tournament weekend ons Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1. Regional championships take place Dec. 15-16. For schedules and point standings visit NCVA.com.

One Comment

  1. Ryan

    October 18, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Let’s not forget that Bay 2 bay’s 14-1s, who took 2nd last year at the Junior Olympics as 13s. Are having to play up in the 15-16 Age Division, because they are too good for the 12-14 Age group and need to see better competion in order to better themselves. They are currently in the Silver Division seeded 17 overall.

    Thank you

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