East Bay Coaches Volleyball Poll (5)

SAY WHAT?? 34 KILLS!: Remember the classic “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” episode when Will was on his high school’s basketball team and the coach only called one play the whole game. It was simple: “Pass the ball to Will.”
(If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check your local listings for Nick at Nite and you might catch it.)
Well, Sophia Dunworth was “Will” on Thursday night on the volleyball court.
The Dons fed the 6-1 outside hitter the ball and she put away 34 kills to bring the Dons back from a 2-0 hole against California to win the match in five games.
Dons coach Rich Cortez’s game plan: Set Sophia and get out the way!
COUGARS ARE BACK: Cougars coach Jerry Mix is smiling right about now.
It seems Mix has finally put the pieces together to showcase Kyle Lamet, who has carried the Cougars the last few seasons and has matured into the go-to hitter Carondelet has always had in the past.
She showed that in the big win over Deer Valley when she put away 19 kills.
Last season, Deer Valley had the defense and the big gun in Kendra Rowland. The roles seem to have been reversed.
SO CLOSE: Behind Betsy Sedlak’s 21 kills, Foothill outlasted Monte Vista. The Mustangs were so close this week. Despite putting up a fight, Monte Vista lost both matches against the Dons and Falcons in five games. Ouch!

— Ricardo Sanchez Jr.


1. Amador Valley (pull out two close five game thrillers)
2. Carondelet (takes sole possesion of first place in BVAL)
3t. Deer Valley (circling rematch with Carondelet on calender)
3t. Monte Vista (can the Schedule Gods give these guys a break?)
5. Bishop O’Dowd (team to beat in Division III?)
6. Albany (should be called the CSAL: Cougars Shore Athletic League)
7. Las Lomas (look headed to at least a share of the DFAL title)
8. Foothill (big match against AV looming)
9. Castro Valley (too bad BOD is in their league)
10. Campolindo (can’t wait for Las Lomas rematch)

Others receiving votes: California, San Ramon