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East Bay Boys Volleyball: Playoffs are just around the corner

The North Coast Section playoffs are two weeks away. Let’s take a look at the playoff situation in the three divisions.

Division I

The top seven spots are pretty much spoken for, if nothing drastic happens between now and the seeding meeting on May 16th. The order might change a little, based on a couple of late matches.
Foothill is the top seed, without argument and Amador Valley will be No. 2, followed by Mission San Jose at No. 3. De La Salle is in line to snag the No. 4 seed, but the Spartans have three of their four final matches with Foothill, Amador Valley and California.
If De La Salle slips, Deer Valley might be able to make a case for the No. 4 seed, but the Spartans have the head-to-head win over the Wolverines which will probably make the difference. Deer Valley probably is the No. 5, with Logan and Washington earning the No. 6 and No. 7 spots based on who finishes higher in the Mission Valley Athletic League Tournament. Logan and Washington have wins over Granada, so they are on pretty safe ground to not get edged out by the final two East Bay Athletic League teams in contention.
Now, to the eight spot. Antioch has had a nice season, but I think it’s truly between Cal and Granada. The two teams have split in league play. Cal has the stronger non-league schedule, and based on the way the end of the league schedule breaks down, Cal has a better chance at finishing higher in league, giving the Grizzlies the edge.

Division II

Campolindo and Northgate will be the top two seeds. Book it. Drake will be No. 3.
Alameda, with a four-game win over Terra Linda, is in line for the No. 4 seed, with Clayton Valley and that Terra Linda team likely fighting for the No. 5 and No. 6 spots.
Las Lomas, if it finishes at .500 in one of the categories, looking like a team that could get one of the final two spots along with Novato.

Division III

College Prep and El Molino will be making pitches for the No. 1 seed. They will make up the two top seeds after it shakes down.
With wins over Berean Christian, Dougherty Valley and De Anza, St. Patrick-St. Vincent is probably the No. 3 seed.
Dougherty, Berean, Marin Catholic and Head-Royce are all playoff bound, and have arguments for for being in the top four seeds. Should be interesting to see how that shakes out.
De Anza is probably getting the No. 8 seed with Chinese Christian in the discussion.

Rankings

1. Foothill
2. Campolindo
3. Amador Valley
4. Northgate
5. Mission San Jose
6. De La Salle
7. Deer Valley
8. Logan
9. College Prep
10. Washington
11. Granada
12. California
13. Alameda
14. Dougherty Valley
15. Clayton Valley

League Standings

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ACCAL

Alameda (18-8, 4-0)
De Anza (13-5, 4-1) .5 GB
El Cerrito (3-7, 2-3) 2.5 GB
Berkeley (10-9, 2-3) 2.5 GB
Richmond (2-8, 0-5) 4.5 GB

BSAL

St. Patrick-St. Vincent (17-11, 6-0)
St. Mary’s (3-7, 2-1) 2.5 GB
St. Joseph Notre Dame (3-12, 2-2) 3 GB
Salesian (4-13, 1-3) 4 GB
Encinal (0-9, 0-4) 5 GB

BVAL

Deer Valley (19-5, 11-0)
Antioch (14-11, 8-3) 3 GB
Heritage (9-11, 6-5) 5 GB
Freedom (4-8, 4-7) 7 GB
Pittsburg (3-8, 3-8) 8 GB
Liberty (0-17, 0-11) 11 GB

DFAL

Campolindo (20-5, 5-0)
Dougherty Valley (15-8, 3-1) 1.5 GB
Las Lomas (6-7, 2-3) 3 GB
Acalanes (6-9, 1-3) 3.5 GB
Alhambra (1-9, 0-4) 4.5 GB

DVAL

Northgate (27-2, 8-0)
Clayton Valley (12-7, 7-1) 1 GB
Berean Christian (13-8, 5-3) 3 GB
College Park (6-9, 5-4) 3.5 GB
Concord (4-12, 3-5) 5 GB
Ygnacio Valley (3-21, 1-7) 7 GB
Mt. Diablo (0-9, 0-9) 8.5 GB

EBAL

Foothill (26-1, 10-0)
Amador Valley (22-3, 9-1) 1 GB
De La Salle (23-8, 6-4) 4 GB
California (16-13, 5-5) 5 GB
Granada (8-8, 5-5) 5 GB
Monte Vista (8-11, 3-7) 7 GB
San Ramon Valley (2-17, 1-9) 9 GB
Livermore (3-21, 0-10) 10 GB

MVAL

Mission San Jose (23-4, 11-0)
Logan (21-10, 8-2) 2.5 GB
Washington (16-7, 7-3) 3.5 GB
American (5-9, 4-6) 6.5 GB
Kennedy (6-16, 3-7) 7.5 GB
Moreau Catholic (5-16, 3-7) 7.5 GB
Castro Valley (0-11, 0-11) 11 GB

Matt Smith