By Matt Smith
Monday, May 10th, 2010 at 3:56 pm in Boys volleyball.
As we enter the final week of league play, most league titles have been wrapped up.
However, there is one in particular that has not, and it’s a big one.
The East Bay Athletic League, with three teams in the top six and five in the top 12, presents a challenge for most teams on most nights, and because of that the league championship is still very much up for grabs.
The Foothill and Amador Valley High Schools enter the week with identical 11-1 records in EBAL play.
The Falcons will play San Ramon Valley on Tuesday and the Dons play Granada. Even in the situation where Foothill loses, a win over the Dons still wins the league. If Amador Valley loses, a win over the Falcons forces a co-champion. The game will decide a champion one way or the other.
“The match will be significant for both teams no matter what,” Foothill coach Dusty Collins said. “I know that the last match of the year has been big before in terms of deciding the league champ, but I can’t remember a
similar situation in boys where the winner takes the title.”
The Falcons beat Amador Valley at home in four games on April 20, but since then the Dons have won five matches in a row, and will be playing at home where they are 8-0 this year.
“If both team enter the match with a 12-1 record in EBAL it will be really intense having so much on the line: EBAL title, likely No.1 seed in NCS, and cross-town bragging rights,” Amador Valley coach Aaron Harper said. “Foothill has maintained such a great program over the years, just having a chance to be ahead of them in the EBAL standings is an amazing opportunity. Both teams are playing very well right now and all of the players know this is an important match. Some pre-game jitters are to be expected, but once play begins I know the players on the Amador Valley side of the net will be ready to perform at their best.”
Foothill is coming off a loss in the finals of its own Falcon Invitational, but played very well in getting to the finals, not losing a game along the way.
The Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League has not yet bee decided, but Alameda High looks to be in control. The Hornets are 6-0 and can wrap up the title with a win over De Anza tomorrow. Alameda beat the Dons in four games earlier this year.
St. Patrick-St. Vincent won the Bay Shore Athletic League’s regular season and is the heavy favorite in the league tournament. Same is said for Mission San Jose, which went a perfect 12-0 in Mission Valley Athletic League play and will host the league tourney.
Deer Valley has locked up the Bay Valley Athletic League, Campolindo was on the Diablo Foothill Athletic League and Northgate has the Diablo Valley Athletic League crown again.
College Prep is in control of the Bay Counties League East, but without knowing the exact records of some other teams, I’m not sure if they have clinched the league title.
Ya, so Foothill lost more times last week than they had in a year. Still, no conceivable reason for them not to be the No. 1 team. They have a win over the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked teams. They ran into a De La Salle team that is the most talented in the East Bay, and lost. Nobody doubts De La Salle’s talent and are a team nobody wants to play in the playoffs.
After losing to Mission San Jose at the Foothill Tournament, De La Salle will probably be the No. 4 seed with the Warriors getting No. 3. These teams are dangerous come playoff time. The Spartans because of their pure ability and the Warriors because they are disciplined, organized and very well coached.
A few more thoughts from the Foothill Tournament… Campolindo is really good. They are big and they play very inspired volleyball, even in a loss to Chico. This was just the wrong weekend to run into Chico, ask Foothill.
Washington is an interesting team to me. They lost two very close games with De La Salle, and when the Huskies get into their offense and get the ball to Cedric Lousi, they can be dangerous.
3. Amador Valley
5. Mission San Jose
6. De La Salle
7. Deer Valley
10. College Prep
14. Clayton Valley
15. Berean Christian
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Alameda (20-8, 6-0)
De Anza (14-5, 5-1) 1 GB
El Cerrito (4-12, 3-4) 3.5 GB
Berkeley (10-11, 2-5) 4.5 GB
Richmond (2-9, 0-6) 6 GB
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (19-11, 8-0)
St. Mary’s (7-8, 6-2) 2 GB
St. Joseph Notre Dame (5-14, 4-4) 4 GB
Salesian (4-16, 1-7) 7 GB
Encinal (1-13, 1-7) 7 GB
Deer Valley (24-7, 13-0)
Antioch (14-13, 8-5) 5 GB
Heritage (11-11, 8-5) 5 GB
Freedom (8-11, 7-6) 6 GB
Pittsburg (3-10, 3-10) 10 GB
Liberty (0-19, 0-13) 13 GB
Campolindo (26-6, 7-0)
Dougherty Valley (16-9, 4-2) 2.5 GB
Las Lomas (7-7, 3-3) 3.5 GB
Acalanes (7-10, 2-4) 4.5 GB
Alhambra (1-12, 0-7) 7 GB
Northgate (29-2, 10-0)
Clayton Valley (13-8, 8-2) 2 GB
Berean Christian (15-8, 7-3) 3 GB
College Park (6-14, 5-5) 5 GB
Concord (4-13, 3-6) 6.5 GB
Ygnacio Valley (3-23, 1-9) 9 GB
Mt. Diablo (0-11, 0-11) 10.5 GB
Foothill (32-3, 11-1)
Amador Valley (24-3, 11-1)
De La Salle (26-11, 7-5) 4 GB
California (18-13, 7-5) 4 GB
Granada (9-9, 6-6) 5 GB
Monte Vista (9-12, 4-8) 7 GB
San Ramon Valley (2-19, 1-11) 10 GB
Livermore (3-23, 0-12) 11 GB
Mission San Jose (28-6, 12-0)
Logan (26-11, 9-3) 3 GB
Washington (19-10, 9-3) 3 GB
American (7-10, 5-7) 7 GB
Kennedy (7-17, 4-8) 8 GB
Moreau Catholic (6-20, 3-9) 9 GB
Castro Valley (0-12, 0-12) 12 GB