After taking a quick glance at the field of 16 teams in the annual Northgate boys volleyball tournament on Saturday, a Deer Valley-College Park meeting in the championship match seems evident.
In fact, lets go ahead and pencil them in.
Yea, yea, the games still need to be played and I’m sure Amador Valley, Granada, Las Lomas and Antioch will have something say about it, but both the Wolverines and Falcons enter leading their leagues (BVAL and DFAL respectively) and it would be great to see the two battle it out.
Bentley will serve as the other host site and pool play starts at 9 a.m. with the championship match to begin approximately at 6 p.m. at Northgate. Emphasis on the word “approximately.” Tournaments tend to run long, especially when teams warm up between EVERY match (my personal pet peeve). Anyway, cross your fingers it stays on schedule.
Here’s a look at the field. Feel free to leave your thoughts below.
AT NORTHGATE H.S.
Pool A:Amador Valley, Northgate, De La Salle, Berean Christian
Comment: Based on the Deer Valley tournament, Amador Valley is the favorite in this group, but De La Salle comes in wanting to prove it’s much better than its league record indicates, which makes the Spartans a bit dangerous. Look for the Dons and Spartans to battle for the top spot in this one.
Pool B: Deer Valley, Head-Royce, Acalanes, Granada
Comment: Deer Valley is the unofficial No. 1 seed in this tournament. With the Wolverines’ Erik Aku-to-Justin Smith combination, no one will argue. Head Royce is strong among the small schools but Granada could be the surprise (or not so surprising) team in this bracket. Remember, the Matadors, along with Deer Valley, took Foothill to five-games this season before losing.
AT BENTLEY H.S.
Pool C: College Park, Washington-Fremon, Drake-San , Alhambra
Comment: College Park might not have a definite go-to-guy (Andrew Cruz comes to mind) but the Falcons relish the fact they have multiple options. The Falcons are a clear cut favorite to make the final. Washington has a win over Amador Valley but losses to Foothill and Granada.
Pool D: Las Lomas, Antioch, Monte Vista, Bentley
Comment: Something tells me this could be the most competitive pool of them all. Las Lomas and Antioch should advance but Bentley started the season strong before coming back to Earth and Monte Vista is in the bottom half of the tough EBAL but has played San Ramon Valley to a five-game loss.