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East Bay Boys Volleyball Notes: Playoffs, Rankings, Standings

Let’s take another look at the playoff situation.

Division I

Locks: Amador Valley, California, De La Salle, Deer Valley, Foothill, Logan, Misson San Jose.

That is seven of the eight spots that are taken, leaving just one other team to get in.

Bubble: American, Antioch, College Park, Freedom, Pittsburg, San Ramon Valley.

All the teams mentioned above are either going to qualify, or are on the very edge of qualification. Based on strength of schedule and wins over Amador and College Park, San Ramon Valley would be the last team in. The Wolves need to win one of their last two games against Cal or Monte Vista. They are 11-10 against Division I teams, so a win would ensure an above .500 record in that criteria.

Division II

Locks: Acalanes, Campolindo, Clayton Valley, Dougherty Valley, Northgate, Drake.

Bubble: Alameda, El Cerrito, Encinal, Kennedy-Fremont.

Two of these teams get in, and I would expect it to be Alameda and El Cerrito.

Division III
Locks:
College Prep, Marin Catholic, Redwood Christian, St. Patrick-St. Vincent, Valley Christian.

Bubble: El Molino, Head-Royce, Salesian, St. Mary’s.

With only five locks and four bubble teams, I think that this bracket might not have eight qualifying teams. The top two seeds will be College Prep and St. Pat’s, in my opinion, and one or both of them might have byes. El Molino and Head-Royce might be able to put a few wins together to end the year, and Salesian needs to win a pair of games in the BSAL Tournament.

Rankings

I couldn’t move Mission San Jose above Deer Valley, because DV’s loss to the Warriors came without Jason Agopian, who is the best player in the East Bay. I was still very impressed with MSJ, who went on to play De La Salle very tough.
Foothill had a weird week, losing two EBAL games before the Foothill Tournament, then beat MSJ, but after that lost to De La Salle. It was a three-loss week for the Falcons, but two of them were to De La Salle, which is understandable.
College Prep moves to No. 10, Acalanes moves up to No. 11, while we welcome Clayton Valley back after it beat College Park recently.

1. De La Salle (37-2)
2. Deer Valley (35-3)
3. Mission San Jose (22-6)
4. Campolindo (27-6)
5. Amador Valley (15-8)
6. California (18-7)
7. Northgate (30-6)
8. Foothill (19-10)
9. Logan (21-10)
10. College Prep (22-6)
11. Acalanes (12-10)
12. Dougherty Valley (19-10)
13. Clayton Valley (15-8)
14. College Park (17-12)
15. American (16-4)

League Standings

ACCAL
Team W-L GB

Alameda (18-7, 7-1) –
El Cerrito (15-7, 7-1) –
De Anza (5-3) 2
Berkeley (3-5) 4
Richmond (2-6) 5
Pinole Valley (0-8) 7

BCL-E
Team W-L GB

College Prep (22-6, 12-1) –
Valley Christian (22-10, 12-1) –
Redwood Christian (19-10, 11-2) 1
Contra Costa Christian (4-5) 6
Head-Royce (4-6) 6.5 GB
Bentley (1-9) 9.5 GB
BCL Teams with less than nine results do not appear in the standings.

BSAL
Team W-L GB

St. Patrick-St. Vincent (26-5, 8-0) –
Encinal (15-5, 5-3) 3
Salesian (12-14, 4-4) 4
St. Mary’s (3-5) 5
St. Joseph Notre Dame (0-8) 8

BVAL
Team W-L GB

Deer Valley (35-3, 8-0) –
Antioch (15-12, 6-2) 2
Freedom (5-3) 3
Pittsburg (11-11, 3-5) 5
Heritage (1-7) 7
Liberty (0-8) 8

DFAL
Team W-L GB

Campolindo (27-6, 7-0) –
Acalanes (12-10, 4-3) 3
Dougherty Valley (19-10, 4-3) 3
Alhambra (2-5) 5
Las Lomas (0-6) 6.5

DVAL
Team W-L GB

Northgate (30-6, 10-0) –
Clayton Valley (15-8, 8-2) 2
College Park (17-12, 8-2) 2
Berean Christian (11-14, 5-5) 5
Ygnacio Valley (4-5) 5.5
Mt. Diablo (1-9) 9
Concord (0-10) 10

EBAL
Team W-L GB

De La Salle (37-2, 10-0) –
Amador Valley (15-8, 8-2) 2
Foothill (19-10, 6-4) 4
California (18-7, 6-4) 4
San Ramon Valley (13-13, 4-6) 6
Monte Vista (9-15, 2-7) 8.5
Granada (0-10) 10

MVAL
Team W-L GB

Mission San Jose (22-6, 9-0) –
Logan (21-10, 6-2) 2.5
American (16-4, 6-3) 3
Washington (8-17, 3-5) 5.5
Kennedy (16-9, 1-7) 7.5
Moreau Catholic (7-13, 0-8) 8.5

Matt Smith