Remember the 2005 Liberty team? Or last seasons’ Foothill team? Or the teams at St. Mary’s the last two seasons. How about those powerful Campolindo teams that looked machine-like in their near precision.
Well, some of this week’s results began to make one thing clear, something that seemed evident to me at the Deer Valley Invitational earlier this month.
This is a transition year for girls volleyball in the East Bay which means there isn’t a clear-cut dominant team in the area, which means any of the “top” teams can beat any other top team on any given night, which makes this a wide-open season, which makes polls like these very difficult to predict. Which…
Man, that’s a lot of “whichs” huh?
This is what makes this poll tough. Imagine a coach (or even a player or fan formulating at home) excited about his/her rationale behind the Top 10 he/she just chose, when everything that was thought to be up becomes down and vice versa. Now you know why I’m happy NOT to have a vote.
The two biggest shake ups this week were Las Lomas’ win over Campolindo and Amador Valley’s survival match against San Ramon Valley.
The battle of the week goes to SRV’s Lauren Claybaugh and AV’s Sophia Dunworth, who went back and forth like heavy weight champs. Claybaugh finished with 21 kills and Dunworth countered with 20 kills.
The key performer was Charlotte Brown who had 17 kills to lead Las Lomas.
I admit, if anything, the unknown makes things entertaining.
— Ricardo Sanchez Jr.
EAST BAY COACHES GIRLS VOLLEYBALL POLL (3)
1) Amador Valley (survives a five-game thriller against SRV)
2) Deer Valley (First place in the Santa Cruz Invitational)
3) Castro Valley (showdown with Bishop O’Dowd coming soon)
4) Bishop O’Dowd (meeting with Trojans will tell us more)
5) Foothill (cruises to win over Cal)
6) Monte Vista (key win over Granada)
7) Campolindo (suffer second loss ever in DFAL)
8) Granada (losses close one to MV)
9) San Ramon Valley (gave Amador Valley all it could handle)
10) Las Lomas (hands Campo its second loss ever in DFAL play)
Also receiving votes: Albany, Carondelet, Salesian, California