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East Bay Boys Volleyball Notes: Northgate Tourney, Rankings, Standings

It was a well run, tidy tournament at Northgate this weekend, and a few things were made obvious.

For starters, Deer Valley is getting better, and appear to be De La Salle’s closest competition at this point. Perhaps the two will meet at Foothill next month?
Speaking of Foothill, don’t count out the Falcons. They reached the finals at Northgate, looking good in the process and they appear to be a team that is improving. A big test with DLS this Tuesday.
A team I came away impressed with was Logan. That team is very scrappy, very feisty and can pass the heck out of the ball. They get to everything and are very quick.
Northgate continues to get banged up, but continues to play well at tournaments, winning four games and doing it mostly without Jordan Kong.
I got my second look at College Park and I am even more impressed this time. Clayton looked pretty good for a while against Northgate, and the CP v. Clayton DVAL match that is upcoming should be a good one. These two played a great five-game match that I saw last season.
Again, Acalanes makes another gold bracket and does pretty well. This team is also getting better, so watch out for the Dons.

Rankings

Just small changes in the rankings this week. Dougherty Valley, Acalanes and College Park all jump up a spot as Clayton Valley moves back in after a win over Valley Christian.

1. De La Salle (23-2)
2. Deer Valley (26-2)
3. Campolindo (15-4)
4. Mission San Jose (10-3)
5. Foothill (13-5)
6. Northgate (25-6)
7. Amador Valley (11-8)
8. Logan (15-9)
9. San Ramon Valley (9-8)
10. California (4-5)
11. College Prep (13-3)
12. Dougherty Valley (11-5)
13. Acalanes (8-9)
14. College Park (12-11)
15. Clayton Valley (8-5)

League Standings

ACCAL
Team W-L GB

El Cerrito (8-3, 4-0) –
Alameda (10-4, 3-1) 1
Berkeley (2-2) 2
De Anza (5-6, 2-2) 2
Richmond (1-3) 3
Pinole Valley (0-4) 4

BCL-E
Team W-L GB

Valley Christian (17-10, 7-0) -
Redwood Christian (13-8, 7-1) .5
College Prep (13-3, 4-1) 2
Contra Costa Christian (3-3) 3.5
Bay (1-2) 4 GB
Head-Royce (2-4) 4.5 GB
Oakland Military Institute (0-3) 5
Bentley (0-3) 5
Chinese Christian (0-3) 5 GB
Urban (0-4) 5.5 GB

BSAL
Team W-L GB

St. Patrick-St. Vincent (17-4, 4-0) -
Encinal (2-1) 1.5
Salesian (7-9, 2-2) 2
St. Joseph Notre Dame (0-2) 3
St. Mary’s (0-2) 3

BVAL
Team W-L GB

Deer Valley (26-2, 2-0) -
Antioch (9-8, 2-0) -
Freedom (1-1) 1
Heritage (3-12, 1-1) 1
Liberty (0-2) 2
Pittsburg (8-8, 0-2) 2

DFAL
Team W-L GB

Campolindo (15-4, 2-0) -
Alhambra (1-0) .5
Dougherty Valley (11-5, 1-1) 1
Las Lomas (0-1) 1.5
Acalanes (8-9, 1-2) 2.5

DVAL
Team W-L GB

Northgate (25-6, 5-0) -
Clayton Valley (8-5, 3-0) 1
College Park (12-11, 3-1) 1.5
Berean Christian (9-10, 3-2) 2
Mt. Diablo (1-3) 3.5
Ygnacio Valley (0-4) 4.5
Concord (0-5) 5

EBAL
Team W-L GB

De La Salle (23-2, 3-0) -
Foothill (13-5, 3-0) -
Amador Valley (11-8, 3-1) .5
California (4-5, 1-2) 2
San Ramon Valley (9-8, 1-2) 2
Monte Vista (7-8, 1-3) 3
Granada (3-9, 0-4) 3

MVAL
Team W-L GB

Mission San Jose (10-3, 5-0) -
Logan (15-9, 3-1) 1.5
Washington (7-9, 3-2) 2
American (11-3, 2-2) 2.5
Moreau Catholic (6-8, 0-4) 4.5
Kennedy (10-6, 0-4) 4.5

Matt Smith