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East Bay Boys Volleyball Notebook

The brackets have been announced, so let’s break this down by division.

Division I

First Round: No. 1 Foothill v. No. 8 Monte Vista; No. 2 California v. No. 7 Deer Valley; No. 3 Mission San Jose v. No. 6 De La Salle; No. 4 San Ramon Valley v. No. 5 Amador Valley.
Outlook: Foothill has been unstoppable for most of this season, but Monte Vista fought its way into the playoffs and won’t leave without a fight. The Cal/Deer Valley match is interesting one because the Grizzlies have to travel to Antioch because the Wolverines are the Bay Valley Athletic League champions. That could make things interesting. Mission San Jose had a great year, but has lost to De La Salle twice. For some reason, it’s a bad matchup for the Warriors. The four/five matchup is very intriguing. Both teams played extremely well down the stretch, but the Dons get to play this game at home because of the size of the San Ramon Valley gym. Something like that could swing this match towards the Dons.
Favorite: Foothill has to be the favorite. The Falcons have won 26 matches in a row, won the East Bay Athletic League title and are the top seed. Cal has some imposing players up front, and are just as capable of winning it all.
Dark horse: It’s gotta be Amador Valley. The Dons have been dominant in tournaments this year, and won three of their final four EBAL games. The only loss was in five games at Foothill.
Quotable: “I think that would have to be us,” Amador Valley coach Aaron Harper said of being the dark horse. “We are technically an underdog, but we’re confident.”
Harper also agreed that Foothill is the favorite, with Cal and San Ramon Valley right behind.

Division II

First Round: No. 1 Northgate v. No. 8 Heritage; No. 2 De Anza v. No. 7 Alhambra; No. 3 Las Lomas v. No. 6 Clayton Valley; No. 4 Campolindo v. No. 5 Alameda.
Outlook: Both Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League teams got in, after De Anza and Alameda had a one-game playoff to determine the league’s automatic berth. Turns out De Anza gets the No. 2 seed after Friday’s five-game win. Las Lomas and Campolindo, which battled all year for the Diablo Foothill Athletic League crown, get first-round home games, and it’s Northgate that gets home games no matter what.
The Broncos, who have lost only once (Foothill) face a Heritage team that earned the playoff berth it felt it deserved. Heritage played Northgate tough recently, but beating them is another thing.
Clayton Valley, another team considered on the bubble, gets in with the No. 6 seed.
Favorite: Northgate hands down. I think many people will be shocked if the Broncos don’t win this.
Dark horse: I’m gonna say Alhambra. The Bulldogs have seven seniors, they are scrappy and always keep things close, which gives them a chance to win. I think they are going to give De Anza a run for its money in the first round.

Division III

First Round: No. 1 El Molino v. No. 8 Dougherty Valley; No. 2 College Prep v. No. 7 Chinese Christian; No. 3 Head-Royce v. No. 6 Moreau Catholic; No. 4 St. Patrick-St. Vincent v. No. 5 Tamalpais.
Outlook: Head-Royce received a brutal draw. Not only do they open with Moreau Catholic, a team everyone knows is very dangerous, they would have to face College Prep in the second round, if both teams win. This would be the fourth time the two teams would play, with the Jayhawks going 2-1 in the first three.
The four/five matchup, with St. Pat’s facing the Marin County Athletic League champion Tamalpais, is very intriguing. The Bruins won the Bay Shore’s regular season and tournament title as well.
Favorite: It’s probably El Molino. Many coaches from the East Bay have been very complimentary of this Marin County team.
Dark horse: Moreau Catholic is a team to watch out for. Playing in a league with five D I teams and a D II team has them battle tested. This team could easily reach the NCS finals.

Rankings

The poll is the same right now. Votes will come in this weekend and I will update this on Monday and put it online at http://www.ibabuzz.com/prepcorner/.

1. Foothill
2. Northgate
3. California
4. San Ramon Valley
5. Amador Valley
6. Mission San Jose
7. De La Salle
8. Deer Valley
9. Monte Vista
10. Campolindo
11. Las Lomas
12. Head-Royce
13. College Park
14. De Anza
15. Logan

Others receiving votes: Heritage, Clayton Valley, Alameda, Granada, Washington.

League standings

If they need to be updated, let me know. There are certainly league games that I am missing.

ACCAL
Team League GB
De Anza 7-1 -
Alameda 7-1 -
Berkeley 4-4 3
El Cerrito 2-6 5
Hercules 0-8 7

BSAL
Team League GB
St. Patrick-St. Vincent 8-0 -
Salesian 5-3 3
St. Joseph Notre Dame 3-5 5
Encinal 2-6 6
St. Mary’s 2-6 6

BVAL
Team League GB
Deer Valley 15-0 -
Heritage 12-3 3
Antioch 8-7 7
Freedom 6-9 9
Pittsburg 3-12 12
Liberty 0-15 15

DFAL
Team League GB
Las Lomas 9-1 -
Campolindo 8-2 1
Alhambra 7-3 2
Dougherty Valley 4-6 5
Miramonte 2-8 7
Acalanes 0-10 9

DVAL
Team League GB
Northgate 12-0 -
College Park 10-2 2
Clayton Valley 8-4 4
Concord 6-6 6
Berean Christian 4-8 8
Ygnacio Valley 1-11 11
Mt. Diablo 1-11 11

EBAL
Team League GB
Foothill 13-1 -
California 13-1 -
San Ramon Valley 10-4 3
Amador Valley 6-8 7
De La Salle 6-8 7
Monte Vista 5-9 8
Granada 3-11 10
Livermore 0-14 13

MVAL
Team League GB
Mission San Jose 12-0 -
Logan 9-3 3
Washington 7-5 5
American 6-6 6
Moreau Catholic 5-7 7
Kennedy 3-9 9
Castro Valley 0-12 12

For questions, comments, to report scores, update standings or add players to the watch list, please email Matt Smith at mhsmith78@gmail.com.

Matt Smith

  • channooo

    Hey De Anza is 8-1 Alameda is 8-2.

  • Prep Fan

    That is brutal for Cal. Even though they tied for first at 13-1 in the toughest league which has 6 of the 8 teams in the D1 tourney, they could potentially have to play every match on the road, as they travel to BVAL champ Deer Valley Tuesday, then could face MVAL champ Mission in the 2nd round and top seeded Foothill (who got the tiebreaker for league champ status) in the final. A lot could happen to prevent that as Cal is no lock to beat DV, Mission is no lock to beat DLS, and Foothill may just face another huge test if they face AV in round 2. Stay tuned for some great volleyball action this week. http://cifncs.org/sports/volleyball/files/RESULTS/2009/09BVBDIBRACKET.pdf

  • sets the ball

    CAL WILL BEAT DEER VALLEY, YOUR A MUCH BETTER TEAM THAN DV. HERITAGE HAS PLAYED THEM 3 TIMES, THERE SMALL SETTER JUST SETS TO THE OUTSIDE HITTERS. TAKE THAT AWAY AND THERE NOTHING. THE SERVING IS AVERAGE, NOT TO MUCH HIGH JUMP SERVES, ONLY 3 GUYS CAN DO IT BUT THEY HAVE TO MAKE IT. IF WE CA BEAT DV IN 1 GAME AT 25-18 CAL CAN DO IT 3 TIMES.
    HERITAGE IS IN NCS WITH A GAME AT NORTHGATE. THERE GOOD AND WE HAVE PLAYED THEM BEFORE SO WE DO KNOW WHAT WERE UP AGAINST. GOOD LUCK CAL.

  • Moreau_Setter

    Go Moreau!!!…hahaha, its over for most and almost over for the rest of the teams remaining, just want to say it was fun while it lasted, good luck to all the seniors who are playing their last high school games, it makes me wanna cry. I guess it wasn’t enough to beat all the div. II teams except college prep because we still got a shiisteee seed. But at least we get to play head-royce, and thx for the darkhorse bid matt smith whoever you are.

    How do you know we are dangerous?? lol even though we won NCS the last 2 years, since then we have graduated 15 seniors and didnt do so well in league this year. Just giving you a hard time, we are dangerous and are about to graduate another 7 this year; crazy, our program has gone through a lot with trying to find new players and all of them ending up being seniors, when you graduate that many seniors each year you tend to have a team with little varsity experience the next couple years. Like this year, we had 2 returning players and next year we will only have about 5 and only one of them being a 2 time returner.

    Regardless, we are going to bring it to head royce and whoever we face in NCS after them this year just like we brought it to el molino, college prep, drake(2), and Marin Catholic the last two years!!!

    For Div. I i think it will be close for mission to get their first round win against DLS and if they do that, they are still going to have a hard time against Cal. but foothill has sounded as if they are a solid team so i have to give them the title.

    For Div. II I think it will be alhambra and Northgate in the final with Northgate creaming them in three but I saw alhambra play northgate and the can handle de anza with their serve recieve and blocking abilities along with the capability of putting some big kills away. The only thing is that Alhambra is going to have to turn something aroud in their second match against Las Lomas but Im sure theyll find a way.

  • sets the ball

    ok a new top 15, remove logan and college park and put in heritage and alameda. our friends from monte vista are in the same shoes as us, playing foothill , were playing northgate! good luck coach mike and monte vista . go heritage pariots!

  • GoMVAL

    my div 1 predictions. round 1: foothill def monte vista, srv def av, california def dv, msj def dls. semi’s: foothill def srv, msj def california. finals: foothill vs msj, haven’t decided yet. if msj wins semi’s, lots of momentum & confidence going into the finals. foothill is very good but beatable by a number of teams. it’ll take 5 more points of consistency to beat them.

  • Prep Fan

    DV did knock off #2 seed Cal. Home court advantage is huge when you get to this level with a large crowd and the season on the line. DV now travels to Mission SJ, while SRV gets to visit the Falcon’s nest.