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East Bay Girls Volleyball Notebook

Something wasn’t quite right for the Piedmont volleyball team.
Sitting at 2-6 overall and 1-3 in the Bay Shore Athletic League, this wasn’t resembling the team that went 22-4 overall last year and reached the North Coast Section’s Division IV title game.
Then, suddenly, they were that team again.

After going 6-0 on Saturday Oct. 10 and winning the Mare Island Volleyball Tournament, the Highlanders have won 13 matches in a row and suddenly find themselves at 15-6 and are back in the think of things at 8-3 in the BSAL.
“As a team they have come together and know it takes everyone we have to be sucessful. The proof is in our current success,” Piedmont coach Petra Martinez said. “Volleyball is a team sport and we really have come together as a team. Each team member, when ask to play has contributed to our current success. Our strength is in our consistent play, serving tough and defense.”
Perhaps the most surprising thing about this Piedmont team is how they have been doing it without their best outside hitter, Beth Morrisroe. She is recovering from a knee injury and won’t be ready in time for her senior season.
“Knowing that you are not going to replace a player of Beth’s calliper, first you have to understanding which player or players will be able accept the challenge,” Martinez said. “Then adjust your line up and build upon the team’s consistent play.”
Danielle Brown has stepped up as the big hitter for Piedmont, and she had 34 kills in the tournament and also had a big 18 kill game against Salesian, a 3-0 win on Oct. 6 against a Pride team that was ranked No. 13 in the Bay Area News Group’s East Bay girls volleyball online rankings.
Piedmont also is great in the passing game with junior libero Anna Buttlaire, who gets the ball to a very solid senior setter in Allison Leong.
The 13-match win streak is going to be put to the ultimate test this week as they face St. Patrick-St. Vincent on Tuesday and Albany on Thursday. The Bruins are one of the better teams in the BSAL, and the Cougars are unbeaten in league play and ranked No. 5 in the East Bay.

Rankings

We welcome California to the rankings this week. In recent matches the Grizzlies have beaten Foothill and San Ramon Valley and have earned the right to be here. I debated between Piedmont and San Ramon Valley for that final spot and just thought the Wolves might be struggling a bit, but the EBAL is brutal.
Northgate makes a jump to No. 8 this week as they continue to roll in the DVAL, while Mission San Jose and Washington both move up one spot and are representing the MVAL very well.

1. Bishop O’Dowd
2. Miramonte
3. Campolindo
4. Amador Valley
5. Albany
6. Granada
7. Foothill
8. Northgate
9. Carondelet
10. Moreau Catholic
11. Deer Valley
12. Mission San Jose
13. Washington
14. California
15. San Ramon Valley

Others considered: Piedmont, Irvington, Salesian, Berean Christian, Liberty, Heritage, Castro Valley, Acalanes, St. Patrick-St. Vincent, Alameda.

Q&A with Meghan Cooney

What does Carondelet’s Meghan Cooney have to say this week?

So you guys are obviously focused on competing in the EBAL, but you guys are the only team in the league that is Division II in NCS. How will a tough league schedule help you in the playoffs?
Meghan: Being in a tough league with DI schools is definitely a challenge, but in the long run it will hopefully pay off. Because we are playing difficult teams, we will be used to long games that are demanding both physically and mentally, which will help prepare us for the teams we could face in playoffs.

Do you guys feel that you could be the team to beat in Division II?
Meghan: Yes, we feel that we could be the team to beat, but we have to keep working hard and getting better if we want to be successful. There are other good teams in our division that are very solid, so it will take a lot of effort and unity to end on top.

What are some of the goals you set out for yourself and for the team this year?
Meghan: My main goal for myself is to play as hard and as well as I can every practice and game so that I can improve and be prepared for college. Another one of my goals is to be a good leader and captain for my teammates. As a team our goals are to place well in league, win NCS, make no excuses, and play with heart and desire.

How was it you got into volleyball and what do you like about the sport?
Meghan: Both my parents were beach volleyball players, so I would always mess around with them when I was younger. I started playing volleyball in seventh grade for my elementary school and fell in love with it because of our great coach. Then I played club in eighth grade because I was getting tired of soccer, which i eventually gave up going into high school. I love playing volleyball because of the intensity and complexity of the game. It is one of the sports where you can never take a moment off and where you have to play with love for the game and desire for competition if you want to be successful.

Tell us a little about yourself. What are your favorite hobbies, movies, music, etc…?
Meghan: I love reading and always have a book in my hand when I have any free time. I am currently re-reading Harry Potter, but my favorite books are The Count of Monte Cristo and The Thornbirds and my favorite magazine, which I get to read every two months, is Psychology Today. I also like to make friendship bracelets and watch football. The best movie ever is definitely Remember the Titans, and my favorite music is classic rock, especially ZZ Top and Van Halen.

League standings

Please send in updates if your record is incorrect.

ACCAL
Team League GB
Berkeley 5-0 -
Alameda 5-0 -
El Cerrito 2-2 2.5
Hercules 1-2 3
Pinole Valley 1-4 4
De Anza 1-4 4
Richmond 0-3 4

BSAL
Team League GB
Albany 12-0 -
St. Patrick-St. Vincent 9-2 2.5
Salesian 9-3 3
Piedmont 8-3 3.5
St. Mary’s 5-5 6
St. Joseph Notre Dame 5-6 6.5
Encinal 1-7 9
Swett 1-8 9.5
Kennedy-R 0-7 9.5
Holy Names 0-9 10.5

BVAL
Team League GB
Deer Valley 7-0 -
Liberty 5-2 2
Heritage 5-2 2
Freedom 2-5 5
Antioch 2-5 5
Pittsburg 0-7 7

DFAL
Team League GB
Miramonte 5-0 -
Campolindo 4-1 1
Acalanes 3-2 2
Las Lomas 3-2 2
Dublin 2-4 3.5
Dougherty Valley 1-4 4
Alhambra 0-5 3

DVAL
Team League GB
Northgate 5-0 -
Concord 4-2 1.5
Berean Christian 3-1 1.5
Clayton Valley 3-2 2
College Park 2-3 3
Ygnacio Valley 0-4 4.5
Mt. Diablo 0-5 5

EBAL
Team League GB
Amador Valley 6-0 -
Granada 5-1 1
Foothill 4-2 2
California 4-2 2
Carondelet 3-3 3
San Ramon Valley 1-5 5
Monte Vista 1-5 5
Livermore 0-6 6

HAAL
Team League GB
Bishop O’Dowd 6-0 -
Moreau Catholic 5-1 1
Castro Valley 5-1 1
San Leandro 4-2 2
Arroyo 2-4 4
Hayward 1-3 4
Mt. Eden 0-4 5
Tennyson 0-4 5
San Lorenzo 0-4 5

MVAL
Team League GB
Mission San Jose 6-1 -
Washington 5-1 .5
Irvington 5-2 1
Logan 3-3 2.5
American 2-5 4
Newark Memorial 2-5 4
Kennedy-F 0-6 5.5

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