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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.

DIVISION I

First round

Saturday

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.

DIVISION II

First round

Wednesday

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

DIVISION I

First round

Saturday

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.

Quarterfinal

Tuesday, Nov. 9

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

DIVISION II

First round

Wednesday

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