By Matt Smith
Sunday, March 20th, 2011 at 10:46 am in Boys volleyball.
The Deer Valley Tournament didn’t clear the East Bay picture up very much, but what it did was make it more interesting.
Clearly De La Salle is head and shoulders the best team right this moment, but I think two through 12 are even and will change a lot week to week.
For example, Amador Valley will easily move back up as the season goes along. I feel like the EBAL teams will move around quite a bit.
The parity is very evident. You’ve got teams like Mission San Jose beating Foothill and Monte Vista in three games, on the road, but dropping two straight to MV at the tournament.
Campolindo is showing the ability to beat anyone, but is not infallible. Northgate is going to be tough on anyone, but ask them about Logan. Logan is quite talented as well.
Deer Valley and San Ramon Valley also have the ability to beat just about anyone, as this tournament has shown.
It should be an interesting year as DLS’ top contender tries to emerge. It appears right now that DV might be the best suited.
I thought the DV Tourney would help clear up things with the rankings, but it kinda did the opposite and made my job harder.
The host team had a mid-week loss to Foothill and a loss in three to Campo in the tournament, but I felt like impressive wins over Amador Valley and San Ramon Valley, as well as a win over MSJ in the tourney proved enough to move them up to No. 2.
MSJ was poised to move to No. 2 after big 3-0 wins on the road with Foothill and Monte Vista, but had a couple of slip ups in the tournament. Still, MSJ is very good and are a solid No. 3.
SRV has been impressive lately, helping them get a bump, while Amador Valley probably doesn’t deserve a seven spot drop just based on their results, but coupled with what all the other teams have done, it was hard to find them a place. A mid-week loss in three to DV and then a loss to SRV in the tournament made it to where both those teams had to be above the Dons.
College Prep wasn’t at DV, but a mid-week win over Galileo was impressive.
Northgate and Logan make jumps, while American’s 9-1 start helps them crack the top 15.
1. De La Salle
2. Deer Valley
3. Mission San Jose
5. College Prep
7. San Ramon Valley
9. Amador Valley
12. Monte Vista
14. Clayton Valley