Bishop O’Dowd earns top seed in NorCal playoffs

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.

Matt Smith

  • 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.