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East Bay Volleyball Notes: League thoughts, rankings

With league play starting for just about every league this week, I figured it would be good to look at how the league favorites are. Some leagues have started playing already.

ACCAL

This one is pretty easy to breakdown. It’s Berkeley as the favorite with Alameda as the closest competition. Both teams have easily beaten other teams in the league in tournament play, and Berkeley has a pair of wins over the Hornets already, both in tournament play.

BSAL

I talked about the BSAL last week a little, and Albany seems like the favorite once again. The pecking order seems to be established. The Cougars haven’t dropped a game in league play, and it appears Salesian is next in line after beating St. Patrick-St. Vincent. The Bruins beat St. Joseph Notre Dame, who beat Piedmont.
However, this league was topsy turvy last year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they all beat up on each other.

BVAL

Deer Valley is the perennial power in this league, but Heritage seems to be closing the gap. It seems like those two could battle for the league crown this year. Based on non-league results early on, it appears it is a two-horse race.

DFAL

Campolindo appears to be the class of the league, and the class of Division III in the North Coast Section. Never rule out Miramonte, especially since Campo and the Mats are huge rivals, because the Mats have dominated the league the last couple of seasons. Las Lomas appears to be on the cusp this year also.

DVAL

Berean Christian is seeking a third straight league title and appears to be the clear favorite. Northgate is always in contention, and despite some bumps early, count on the Broncos being in the hunt. It will be interesting to see if Clayton Valley takes that next step this year. The Eagles hit a rough patch last week, but played a tough schedule.

EBAL

This league is a toss-up. I’m going to say Amador Valley is the favorite until someone beats the Dons in league play. Foothill is ranked higher, and is the team with the best chance of doing so, but Granada, San Ramon Valley and Carondelet are right there. I understand Cal is talented, which means there are six teams who probably legitimately think they have a chance. And let’s not rule out Monte Vista or Livermore from throwing a wrench into things. The Mustangs are much improved this year, already surpassing last year’s win total, and Livermore is winning some non-league matches early.

HAAL

Bishop O’Dowd. Enough said.
Moreau Catholic is second in line.

MVAL

I like this league a lot. I think Washington and Irvington are dangerous and are the two favorites. I think they could make some noise in NCS. Logan and American appear to be better this year and even though they lost a lot, you can’t assume Mission San Jose is going to lay down. I think this league is a fight to the end.

Rankings

Campolindo jumps up a spot to No. 3 after sweeping Amador Valley on the road, while the rest of the top ten remains the same. It was tempting to swap Albany and Miramonte after Albany beat Branson, which beat Miramonte, but the Matadors have the head-to-head win with the Cougars.
Heritage jumps a spot over Berean Christian after outlasting the Eagles in a five-game match last week. Moreau Catholic jumps in after beating Irvington in five, and instead of moving out the Vikings, I decided to bump Cal, who either isn’t playing matches or reporting scores. I know very little about the Grizzlies, other than they lost a game to Dublin, beating the Gaels in four last week.

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

Matt Smith

  • Andy Blick

    Dear Matt
    Thanks for the insights –very enjoyable and the rankings look interesting
    I realize it is D-5 but the Athenian Owls may be making some noise.

  • Matt Smith

    I will definitely keep an eye on Athenian and the rest of the BCL.

  • Prep Fan

    Matt, you probably shouldn’t have bumped Cal from your rankings. They took apart your #5 team Granada tonight in 4 games, and should crack your top 10 next week.