NCS water polo brackets announced

North Coast Section playoff brackets have been posted and a record  number of teams will get a taste of the postseason. For the first time, there will be separate brackets for Division I and Division II teams. Both are 16-team brackets, though Girls Division I has just 15 teams. Matches start Wednesday for Division II and Saturday for Division I.

Check below for brackets and here’s a link to the NCS site: http://cifncs.org/sports/waterpolo/

A couple quick notes: Strangely, Division II is shaping up to be the more competitive and exciting bracket on the girls side. Division I features the section’s top team (Monte Vista), but Division II has the next six best squads and many of them have played some extremely close matches against each other already this season. Want proof Division II is the deeper tournament? Carondelet, No. 6 in Division II beat San Ramon Valley No. 2 in Division I by a score of 8-2 yesterday. I’d like to see a Campolindo-Las Lomas rematch in the title game. Those two played two overtime games this week alone with the Knights coming out on top both times.

As for the boys, Division I should be a great tournament but it’s tough to predict against a semifinals match up of Acalanes vs. De La Salle and Miramonte vs. San Ramon Valley.

Las Lomas is the hands down favorite in Division II, though Campo always seems to give the Knights a good game.


First round


No. 1 Acalanes (17-7) vs. No. 16 Berkeley (16-9) at Miramonte HS, 7:30 p.m.

No. 8 Irvington (19-3) vs. No. 9 Clayton Valley (16-8) at De La Salle HS, 2:30 p.m.

No. 13 Livermore (15-7) at No. 4 De La Salle (17-7), 8:30 p.m.

No. 5 Monte Vista (15-7) vs. No. 12 Liberty (17-7) at De La Salle HS, 5:30 p.m.

No. 15 Alameda (14-12) at No. 2 Miramonte (18-5), 6:15 p.m.

No. 7 Foothill (16-7) vs. No. 10 California (16-8) at Miramonte HS, 2:30 p.m.

No. 3 San Ramon Valley (20-4) vs. No. 14 Heritage (13-11) at Soda Aquatic Center, Campolindo HS, 6:15 p.m.

No. 6 Amador Valley (16-6) vs. No. 11 Washington (14-10) at Contra Costa College, 5 p.m.


First round


No. 1 Las Lomas (20-4) vs. No. 16 Concord (4-19) at Soda Aquatic Center, Campolindo HS, 8:15 p.m.

No. 8 Pinole Valley (17-9) vs. No. 9 Tamalpias-Mill Valley (16-6) at Contra Costa College, 4:30 p.m.

No. 4 Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo (15-10) vs. No. 13 Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa (14-12) at Redwood HS, 4:30 p.m.

No. 5 Marin Catholic-Kentfield (15-10) vs. No. 12 Ukiah (12-11) at Redwood HS, 5:45 p.m.

No. 15 Justin-Siena-Napa (10-11) at No. 2 Campolindo (11-13), 4:30 p.m.

No. 7 Marin Academy-San Rafael (16-6) vs. No. 10 Terra Linda-San Rafael (15-8) at Contra Costa College, 5:45 p.m.

No. 3 Alhambra (14-10) vs. No. 14 San Marin-Novato (10-11) at De La Salle HS, 8:30 p.m.

No. 6 Northgate (9-16) vs. No. 11 Ygnacio Valley (10-15) at De La Salle HS, 5:30 p.m.

Water polo-girls

NCS playoffs


First round


No. 8 Newark Memorial (16-7) vs. No. 9 Amador Valley (10-12) at Contra Costa College, 3:45 p.m.

No. 4 Washington (19-2) vs. No. 13 Berkeley (11-11) at Contra Costa College, 6:15 p.m.

No. 5 Clayton Valley (20-5) vs. No. 12 Freedom (19-6) at De La Salle HS, 7 p.m.

No. 2 San Ramon Valley (15-8) vs. No. 15 College Park (10-13) at Soda Aquatic Center, Campolindo HS, 7:30 p.m.

No. 7 Alhambra (12-10) vs. No. 10 Granada (14-11) at Contra Costa College, 2:30 p.m.

No. 3 Foothill (13-8) vs. No. 14 Heritage (4-9) at Miramonte HS, 3:45 p.m.

No. 6 Mission San Jose (15-5) vs. No. 11 Liberty (15-9) at De La Salle HS, 4 p.m.


Tuesday, Nov. 9

No. 8 Newark Memorial/Amador Valley winner vs. No. 1 Monte Vista (20-0), TBA


First round


No. 1 Las Lomas (18-6) vs. No. 16 Justin-Siena (11-10-1) at Soda Aquatic Center, Campolindo HS, 7 p.m.

No. 8 Tamalpias (19-6) vs. No. 9 Northgate (15-11) at Miramonte HS, 4:30 p.m.

No. 4 Acalanes (14-9) vs. No. 13 Piedmont (13-14) at Miramonte HS, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Bishop O’Dowd (11-9) at No. 5 Miramonte (11-10), 5:45 p.m.

No. 15 Marin Academy (12-7) at No. 2 Campolindo (14-9), 5:45 p.m.

No. 7 Sir Francis Drake (16-9) vs. No. 10 Ygnacio Valley (14-13) at De La Salle HS, 7 p.m.

No. 3 Marin Catholic (17-6) vs. No. 14 Ukiah (12-9) at Redwood HS, 7 p.m.

No. 6 Carondelet (13-10) vs. No. 11 Pinole Valley (18-6) at Contra Costa College, 7 p.m.

Stephanie Hammon

  • Prep Fan

    What is the reasoning for having a 4-19 team (Concord) face a 20-4 team (Las Lomas) in the playoffs? It won’t even be a competitive game. 4-19 teams do not belong in the playoffs. It just waters down the meaning of qualifying for NCS. In most sports, a team must have at least a .500 record just to qualify and must earn their way in. The only reason is that its more $$$$ for the NCS.

  • Polo Fan

    I somewhat (but not totally) agree with Prep Fan except for the fact that many of the top teams will play in very tough tournaments and may end up with a losing record, even though they could easily beat some of the lesser qualified NCS teams. Therefore, the win/loss record isn’t always the best indicator.

    I am sure that Concord is well aware of the fact that Las Lomas will win, but they can still go out there and give it their best shot. I don’t believe that the Giants were picked to win the World Series…but look what is going to happen tonight!

    Additionally, I don’t think that the two Division system was well advertised to ALL the teams. I know the big guns knew about it because all they did was complain from the moment it came out! But some of the smaller schools that don’t typically get into NCS probably didn’t know and if they had applied, they probably would have been taken over Concord.

    Las Lomas boy’s should be happy cause it’s gives them a legitimate chance to win a championship. They wouldn’t have that in Division I.

    On the girl’s side, I agree with Stephanie. Can you imagine being Monte Vista in the girl’s Division I bracket? They have absolutely no competition at all because it’s all in Division II!

    The girl’s games to watch on Wednesday (Division II first round) would probably be the Northgate/Tamalpais or the Drake/Ygnacio Valley games.

  • HS Polo Fan

    I don’t agree with Hammon’s assertion that the next six squads in D2 are better than San Ramon. The Division 1 teams may be weaker overall, but San Ramon beat the #4 AND #5 teams in Division 2 although they lost to Carondelet, Las Lomas and Campolindo.

  • Stephanie Hammon

    That’s a fair point, HS Polo fan. It’s certainly up for debate who the next six best teams are after Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley is in the discussion for sure. It’d be interesting to see where the Wolves would have been seeded had they been in Division II. It could have been as high as No. 4 or as low as No. 7. There were quite a few instances of team A beating team B beating team C, which beat team A. For example, Acalanes beat Carondelet, which beat San Ramon Valley which beat Acalanes.