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Water polo: League breakdowns, rankings, standings — 9/29

By this evening all six East Bay water polo leagues will have started up. Here’s a quick rundown on how the league title races might play out with predicted champions.

BOYS
EBAL:
De La Salle has won both league titles since moving over from the BVAL two years ago. As the defending champs, the Spartans have a target on their back, but San Ramon Valley is right up there with them. Neither team can look past Amador Valley or Monte Vista, though. In fact, last week in a game that didn’t have any bearing on league records, De La Salle needed overtime to top Amador Valley. The Oct. 30 EBAL finale between SRV and DLS will probably still be for all the marbles and the Wolves won the preview nonleague match yesterday 7-5. Predicted champ: San Ramon Valley.

DFAL: Everyone always assumes Miramonte will own the league — and that could very well be the case again this year — but it’s certainly not a given. Acalanes is actually the defending champion after shocking the Mats 10-6 last year and should be a big factor again this season. Las Lomas won’t be an easy win either. The Knights were a bit inconsistent last year, nearly upsetting Acalanes but then losing to Campo to finish fourth in the DFAL. With star Bryan Snyder now in his senior year, the Knights probably feel this is their best chance to end their long DFAL title drought. Predicted champ: Miramonte.

DVAL: Northgate has earned DVAL titles the last two years, but the Broncos have a small roster and not a ton of depth. They still have talented players like Rus Williams, but I have a feeling this may be Clayton Valley’s year. The two teams meet Wednesday. Predicted champ: Clayton Valley.

MVAL: This one should come down to rivals Washington and Irvington. They have a common opponent in Cal High, who Irvington beat 13-12 and Washington lost to 16-12. It should be a good match when they meet on Oct. 5. Predicated champ: Irvington.

BVAL: Liberty is in control. The Lions are 4-0, but second-place Heritage is only a game behind and lost to the Lions by just a goal in their first meeting of the year. This is one of the few leagues that still plays a double round robin and the two teams will meet again on Oct. 13. Liberty should still be at least a co-champion. Predicted champ: Liberty.

ACCAL: I don’t know much about this league, besides that Alameda won last year. Since we receive very few scores from these teams and I know little about most of them, I’ll stick with the Hornets defending their title. Berkeley and Pinole Valley are also in the mix. Predicted champ: Alameda.

GIRLS
EBAL:
Well, Monte Vista already passed its toughest test, beating Carondelet in its first EBAL game. Barring something crazy happening, it should be yet another easy title for the Mustangs. Carondelet and San Ramon Valley will battle it out for second, with Amador Valley a dark horse in that race. Predicted champ: Monte Vista.

DFAL: This is the most intriguing girls title race, for sure. Campolindo and Las Lomas look like the favorites right now, but Acalanes (with six returning starters from an NCS quarterfinal squad) is also in the discussion. I wouldn’t be shocked if we have a repeat of 2008 when three teams finished with one loss and had to share the title. On paper, Campo looks to have an edge with a 6-5 nonleague win over Las Lomas on its resume. Predicted champ: Campolindo.

DVAL: As usual, this one should come down to Northgate, Clayton Valley and College Park. Predicated champ: Northgate.

MVAL: Mission San Jose has made a statement with some good showings in nonleague games (including winning the Bulldog Classic last weekend), but Washington should also be a factor. Predicted champ: Mission San Jose.

BVAL: Freedom is undefeated after four BVAL games, but Liberty is in the mix as well. Predicted champ: Freedom.

ACCAL: Alameda won a tournament in Berkeley this season and the field consisted of many of the Hornets’ ACCAL foes. For that reason, I will give the nod to the Hornets. Like the boys, I don’t see many scores from teams in this league so I really don’t have a very strong grasp on individual teams. Piedmont is the defending champion, but it lost its star, Molly Hafferkamp, who accounted for a ridiculous amount of scoring (she had 183 goals last year). Predicted champ: Alameda.

East Bay Rankings: I cheated this week and did these rankings after yesterday’s games were played. Normally the rankings will reflect matches played through the previous weekend.

BOYS
1. Miramonte
2. Acalanes
3. San Ramon Valley
4. De La Salle
5. Las Lomas
6. Campolindo
7. Monte Vista
8. Amador Valley
9. Foothill
10. Clayton Valley

On the bubble: Irvington, Liberty, Northgate

GIRLS
1. Monte Vista
2. Campolindo
3. Las Lomas
4. Carondelet
5. Acalanes
6. San Ramon Valley
7. Miramonte
8. Mission San Jose
9. Amador Valley
10. Alhambra

On the bubble: Foothill, Northgate

League standings: I’m missing a couple EBAL scores, so if anyone can fill in the gaps please leave a comment or shoot me an email (shammon@bayareanewsgroup.com). Also, SRV’s games with DLS and Carondelet have been moved to the final Saturday of the regular season (Oct. 30), so all those teams might look like they’re missing a game. Look for standings from the other four leagues starting next week.

BOYS
BVAL

Liberty 4-0
Heritage 3-1
Deer Valley 2-2
Freedom 1-3
Antioch 0-4

EBAL
De La Salle 1-0
San Ramon Vly 1-0
California 1-0
Amador Vly 1-1
Monte Vista 1-1
Foothill 1-1
Granada 0-1
Livermore 0-2
*need Cal-Granada score from 9/23

GIRLS
BVAL

Freedom 4-0
Liberty 3-1
Heritage 2-2
Deer Valley 1-3
Antioch 0-4

EBAL
Monte Vista 2-0
San Ramon Vly 1-0
California 1-0
Amador Vly 1-1
Foothill 1-1
Carondelet 0-1
Granada 0-1
Livermore 0-2
*need Cal-Granada score from 9/23

Stephanie Hammon

  • Ciaran Byrne

    Varsity Water Polo (Girls) 10/4 Game at Miramonte.

    Miramonte Girls: 9 Carondelet Girls: 8

    Miramonte is improving!!

  • http://delanbanque.yonkly.com/larissastacy333 Constructors

    Varsity Water Polo (Girls) 10/4 Game at Miramonte.

    Miramonte Girls: 9 Carondelet Girls: 8

    Miramonte is improving!!