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NorCal Volleyball Rankings Top 20

NorCal Volleyball Rankings, Sacred Heart Cathedral

FINAL: Sacred Heart Cathedral Finishes As Our Overall No. 1 In Season Where NorCal Is Shut Out At State Finals •

NorCal Volleyball Rankings

All Records Are Final

NorCal Volleyball Rankings

1. (1)    Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F.  31-7 [Photo c/o SHCAthletics.Com]

2. (2)    Marin Catholic-Kentfield   37-4

3. (3)    James Logan-Union City  32-8


4. (5)    Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland  34-7

5. (4)    Ponderosa-Shingle Springs  31-3 

6. (6)    St. Ignatius-S.F.  27-15

7. (7)    Archbishop Mitty-San Jose  24-17

8. (8)    St. Francis-Sacramento  32-6

9. (9)     Palo Alto  24-6

10. (10)    St. Francis-Mountain View  22-14

11. (11)    Los Altos  33-9

12. (12)    Foothill-Pleasanton  30-7

13. (13)    Amador Valley-Pleasanton  25-7

14. (14)    Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills  21-13

15. (15)    California-San Ramon  29-6

16. (16)    Campolind0-Moraga  27-9

17. (17)    Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove  27-8

18. (17)    Rocklin  25-10

19. (18)    St. Mary’s-Stockton  35-7

20. (19)   Menlo-Atherton-Atherton   23-6




Sacred Heart Cathedral really sewed up the top spot after the NorCal Open Division Regionals concluded. Both the Irish and Marin Catholic reached the Open Div. semifinals, but both lost to Central Section schools Buchanan-Clovis and Central-Fresno, respectively. Though CIF has begun placing Central Section schools into NorCal playoff brackets for competitive equity, we don’t include them in our NorCal rankings. So determining our top spot boiled down to the finals and which of the Central Section schools advanced to the state championship. Central-Fresno was the eventual regional champion, beating Buchanan 3-0. Marin Catholic lost to Buchanan 3-0 while Sacred Heart Cathedral took Central five sets. MC and SHC don’t have a head-to-head match this year. So while it’s razor thin, SHC got the nod.

Our only movement for the final rankings was a swap of the No. 4 and 5 spots. Bishop O’Dowd reached the Div. I state final and lost in four sets to Temecula Valley. They were behind Ponderosa because the Bruins were an Open Div. team. However, we took a close look at both resumes and determined O’Dowd had done enough to finish about them. O’Dowd had a win over Marin Catholic and two over No. 8 St. Francis-Sac., a team which Ponderosa lost to.


NorCal Volleyball Rankings

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  1. Ed Cebula

    September 20, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Marin Catholic continues to power through in their quest for top spot with a field of new varsity players led by veteran Kari Geissberger and coach Jake Spain. This should be the year MC takes it all the way.

  2. Richard Licker

    September 25, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    I have no idea why St. Iggy is ranked 12…they have lost 6!
    Could it be that whoever is doing the ranking is in bed with them?

    • Chace Bryson

      Chace Bryson

      September 26, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      Richard, that logic doesn’t quite work. Especially since our No. 5 and 6 teams each have 7 losses. We factor in a lot of things in compiling these rankings. Not solely wins and losses. Teams with multiple losses can still be ranked high if those losses are to higher-ranked opponents. In many cases, not only are these teams playing elite opponents, they are playing them tough — and in some cases they win a few too. For instance, St. Ignatius has a 3-0 win over the same Valley Christian team which just beat Mitty. They also won two sets in a loss to No. 2 Sacred Heart Cath. Share with us the team you think should be above them and we’ll gladly share our evaluation.

  3. Mike

    September 26, 2018 at 11:29 am

    There appears to e a major hole in these rankings called the North Section ooops

    • Chace Bryson

      Chace Bryson

      September 26, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Mike, you’ll need to further explain this comment for us. Also, there is no North Section. There is a North Coast, and a Northern. Give us a little more to work with.

  4. Gary Peete

    October 26, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    So Cal High with a 26-4 record is number 20? It beat Pleasant Grove 2-0 and has beaten Foothill in 2 out 3 matches. Maybe you are undervaluing the EBAL?

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