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Bishop O’Dowd earns top seed in NorCal playoffs

By Matt Smith
Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 at 5:30 pm in East Bay Prep Sports, Girls Volleyball.

The Bishop O’Dowd High School girls volleyball team, by virtue of storming through the North Coast Section Division III playoffs, earned the No. 1 seed in the CIF NorCal playoffs, which start on Tuesday.
The Dragons will play the winner of the play-in game between Skyline, the winner of the Oakland Section, and Foothill-Palo Cedro, the runner-up in the Northern Section.
If the Dragons get past the first round, they will play the winner of the St. Mary’s-Stockton at Valley Christian-San Jose match. Bishop O’Dowd has already beaten St. Mary’s, and has beaten Sacred Heart Cathedral in three games. SHC, which earned the No. 2 seed, beat Valley Christian in three games in the Central Coast Section finals.
In Division I, Amador Valley earned the No. 4 seed, and will host Menlo-Atherton. A win would give the Dons a shot at top-seed Oak Ridge. Using the transitive property (sort of), Bishop O’Dowd beat Oak Ridge this year.
Granada, runner-up to Amador Valley, will face CCS champ Salinas.
Salesian came back from down 2-0 to beat Marin Catholic in the NCS Division IV final, and doing so earned the Pride the No. 2 seed. They’ll face Notre Dame-Salinas, which lost to Sacred Heart Prep in the CCS finals.

NorCal playoffs
Division I
First Round
Nov. 24

No. 1 Oak Ridge (27-11) v. bye
No. 2 Nevada Union (34-10) at Lincoln-San Francisco (31-5)
Granada (23-4) at No. 3 Salinas (26-4)
Menlo-Atherton (21-8) at No. 4 Amador Valley (29-7)
Division II
First Round
Nov. 24

Red Bluff (32-9) at No. 1 Archbishop Mitty (36-0)
No. 2 Palo Alto (36-4) at Pleasant Valley-Chico (31-8)
Redwood (26-7) at No. 3 St. Francis-Sacramento (37-6)
Rocklin (32-8) at No. 4 Petaluma (26-8)
Division III
Play-in game
Nov. 23

Skyline (8-2) at Foothill-Palo Cedro (21-17)
First Round
Nov. 24

Skyline/Foothill-Palo Cedro winner at No. 1 Bishop O’Dowd (35-8)
Enterprise-Redding (17-22) at No. 2 Sacred Heart Cathedral-San Francisco (27-11)
Drake (32-5) at No. 3 El Camino-Sacramento (32-6)
St. Mary’s-Stockton (21-9) at No. 4 Valley Christian-San Jose (29-9)
Division IV
First Round
Nov. 24

Sutter (36-4) at No. 1 Christian Brothers-Sacramento (27-9)
Notre Dame-Salinas (27-6) at No. 2 Salesian (26-7)
No. 3 Ripon (37-10) at West Valley-Cottonwood (34-8)
Marin Catholic (29-11) at No. 4 Sacred Heart Prep (22-10)
Division V
First Round
Nov. 24

East Nicolaus (23-7) at No. 1 Branson (31-5)
Bradshaw Christian-Sacramento (25-11) at No. 2 Mt. Madonna-Watsonville (24-6)
Marin Academy (27-9) at Hamilton-Hamilton City (36-5)
No. 4 Castilleja-Palo Alto (17-12) at Ripon Christian (17-16)

Updated Rankings East Bay Rankings
Bishop O’Dowd
Amador Valley
Deer Valley
Moreau Catholic
Mission San Jose
Berean Christian

Others considered: Heritage, Liberty, Irvington, Castro Valley, St. Patrick-St. Vincent, Piedmont, San Ramon Valley, St. Mary’s, Acalanes, Las Lomas.

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  • Chris

    Sucks that Mission lost to DV after our starting libero twisted her ankle during warmup…

  • Fan of Dons

    Any scores from the AV-Menlo/Atherton game?

  • Matt Smith

    Amador won in four. They looked pretty good, for the most part. 25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 25-12.