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East Bay Boys Volleyball Notes: Seeding, Rankings, Standings

The North Coast Section boys volleyball seeds will be announced tomorrow. I’ll update the bracket here when they come out. For now, a couple of thoughts.

Division I: I think the seedings will go something like this.

1. De La Salle
2. Deer Valley
3. Amador Valley
4. California
5. Mission San Jose
6. Foothill
7. Logan
8. San Ramon Valley

Division II: Campolindo will get the top seed, Drake will be No. 2 and Northgate No. 3. Acalanes, Clayton Valley and Dougherty Valley will battle for 4-6, Alameda will be No. 7 and I am saying El Cerrito gets the No. 8.

Division III: St. Pat’s is No. 1, College Prep is No. 2 and Valley Christian is No. 3. Redwood Christian and Marin Catholic will likely be the No. 4 v. No. 5 matchup. The last three seeds are really a crap shoot, and there might not be eight qualified teams.

Rankings

A bunch of teams went 1-1 during the week, so no changes to speak of. With the playoffs starting, the NCS seedings are now what matters.

1. De La Salle (39-2)
2. Deer Valley (37-3)
3. Mission San Jose (23-6)
4. Campolindo (29-6)
5. Amador Valley (17-8)
6. California (19-8)
7. Northgate (32-6)
8. Foothill (20-11)
9. Logan (22-11)
10. College Prep (25-6)
11. Acalanes (13-10)
12. Dougherty Valley (20-10)
13. Clayton Valley (16-10)
14. College Park (18-13)
15. American (16-5)

League Standings

ACCAL
Team W-L GB

Alameda (21-7, 9-1) -
El Cerrito (17-8, 9-1) –
De Anza (5-5) 4
Berkeley (5-5) 4
Richmond (2-8) 7
Pinole Valley (0-10) 9

BCL-E
Team W-L GB

College Prep (25-6, 12-1) -
Valley Christian (24-11, 12-1) -
Redwood Christian (20-11, 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 (28-5, 8-0) -
Encinal (15-6, 5-3) 3
Salesian (13-15, 4-4) 4
St. Mary’s (3-5) 5
St. Joseph Notre Dame (0-8) 8

BVAL
Team W-L GB

Deer Valley (37-3, 10-0) -
Antioch (17-12, 8-2) 2
Freedom (6-4) 4
Pittsburg (11-13, 3-7) 7
Heritage (3-7) 7
Liberty (0-10) 10

DFAL
Team W-L GB

Campolindo (29-6, 8-0) -
Acalanes (13-10, 5-3) 3
Dougherty Valley (20-10, 5-3) 3
Alhambra (2-6) 6
Las Lomas (0-8) 8

DVAL
Team W-L GB

Northgate (32-6, 12-0) -
Clayton Valley (16-10, 9-3) 3
College Park (18-13, 9-3) 3
Berean Christian (13-15, 5-7) 7
Ygnacio Valley (5-7) 7
Mt. Diablo (2-10) 10
Concord (0-12) 12

EBAL
Team W-L GB

De La Salle (39-2, 12-0) -
Amador Valley (17-8, 9-3) 3
California (19-8, 7-5) 5
Foothill (20-11, 7-5) 5
San Ramon Valley (14-14, 5-7) 7
Monte Vista (10-17, 3-9) 9
Granada (0-12) 12

MVAL
Team W-L GB

Mission San Jose (23-6, 10-0) -
Logan (22-11, 7-3) 3
American (16-5, 6-4) 4
Washington (10-17, 5-5) 5
Kennedy (17-11, 1-9) 9
Moreau Catholic (8-14, 1-9) 9

Matt Smith

  • THEanonymous

    The grizzlies think they can win NCS. Hey, they were the first team to beat DLS in a set. MSJ won’t know what hit them.

    These rankings are awesome Matt. Keep up the good work and don’t think I don’t have my eyeball on these time to time again just because I’m disappearing from the forums.

  • Ebal Fan

    Matt Smith,
    I’m from the soccer blog and I keep track on volleyball. But I have another question. Who picks the top 100 athletes in for athlete of the year? I’m impressed with the list, but you’re missing a two sport athlete who was All East Bay for both in Rivas. Foster and him shared MVP and he was on it along with Danielson.

  • Matt Smith

    It’s a collective effort by all the staff writers, and since I am just freelance now, they just took my input on some players.

  • Prep Fan

    I was also surprised by the omission of Rivas from the top 100. Only 1 Cal football player for the second ranked team in the East Bay? Rivas excelled in 2 sports and led both teams to new heights with the best records in the history of the school. But on any list there will be deserving people left off. The 100 athletes named are all certainly deserving and should be proud of their accomplishments. If there are a few more to be added to the list by year end, I nonimate Guillermo.

    Good luck to Cal at MSJ tonight in V-Ball!

  • Prep Fan

    Matt, great job on your predictions as to seeding. You are really on top of things as usual. You got the D1 bracket exactly right. The only one you guessed wrong on was EC making the field in D2 and they were probably just a coin flip away.

  • Matt Smith

    Thanks, I was pretty stoked to see I got Division I spot on. I was a little shocked to see Kennedy in over El Cerrito because EC’s SOS was a little better.
    Even with that said, I understand they wanted to not have Clayton play Northgate again, so they made Clayton the seven. I would have made Alameda the six and either EC or Kennedy the eight.

  • mvalfan

    I also like that you do two rankings: your usual top 15 based on your take of potential, and then what you thought NCS would decide as seedings.

    Let the games begin!

  • MSJ

    hey
    theanonymous

    we won

    cal lost

    what now

  • MSJ

    theanonymous…..
    what his us again?

  • EastBay Funk

    “MSJ won’t know what hit them.” Pretty bold words by THEanonymous, which turned out to be like the Cal Grizzlies-all bark, no bite! MSJ took it in 3 easily (don’t let the score fool you). Pretty good for a team in a “weak league”. In the future please take time to see teams/opponents in person before you make outlandish claims of superiority based on someone else’s ranking. Matt-great job of trying to make sense of the numbers. I hope you were there in person to see this match. Maybe you can tell some of these EBAL fans to get off their high horse and recognize quality programs worthy of respect outside of their mighty kingdom.

  • EastBay Funk

    “MSJ won’t know what hit them.” Pretty bold words by THEanonymous, which turned out to be like the Cal Grizzlies-all bark, no bite! MSJ took it in 3 easily (don’t let the score fool you). Pretty good for a team in a “weak league”. In the future please take time to see teams/opponents in person before you make outlandish claims of superiority based on someone else’s ranking. Matt-great job of trying to make sense of the numbers. I hope you were there in person to see this match. Maybe you can tell some of these EBAL fans to get off their high horse and recognize quality programs worthy of respect outside of their mighty kingdom.

  • Prep Fan

    All the home teams won in each division. MSJ moves on to face heavily favored DLS in the semis.

  • Matt Smith

    I was definitely there. MSJ looked really good.
    That is what I meant by the eye test. That is what helps people like myself do rankings. I saw MSJ a few times this year, and knew they were a good team.

  • Volleydog

    DLS played MSJ at the Foothill Tournament and DLS knows that MSJ will give them a battle tomorrow night. MSJ plays with few errors and will play every point to its conclusion. Nothing is easy this time of year.

  • Laurie

    I think in MSJ’s case, a lot of credit goes to their coach, Dan Yang. Even though it’s only been his first year as coach and he’s only two years older than some seniors on the team, I admire how he can still carry this very talented program successfully in league and currently in the playoffs. He’s got discipline and knows how to get the talent in his team to translate on the court.

  • Matt Smith

    Agreed. Dan Yang has done a great job.

  • Lumberjack

    My picks for tonight.

    D1
    DLS
    Deer Valley

    D2
    Campo
    Northgate

    D3
    SPSV
    Valley Christian

    All matches will be very entertaining. To bad I can only see one.

  • THEanonymous

    I’m sorry if I offended people on the forum, I did not really realize I was so bold with my prediction regarding Mission San Jose. It turned out I was dead wrong, which may be because I did not anticipate what an excellent school Mission San Jose was academically and how this played into a lot of their sports. I thought that since they were in such an easy league and did not have a terribly great record outside of their league that they were cocky and all. It therefore seemed to me like the Warriors would be doing great against the Grizzlies early on and then watch the Grizzlies come right back and take them. The Grizzlies did make comebacks but had the door shut on them in the end. That is where I realized I was wrong, that MSJ is a smart team and knew what they were doing the whole time. It took me until the game was over to realize it, because EBAL play has me so accustomed to seeing intense consistency from game to game which emphasizes the concept of treating every point in the entire game of equal performance and never assuming something like when just because a team is up two sets to none that they will come out a winner. That is why what I had said at the beginning was entirely geared around the notion that the Grizzlies would win that title, because after all, they are an all-or-nothing team from the get-go. They weigh the titles in a great amount of importance and structure their athletics around clearing such milestones, the right milestones. (i.e. qualifying for playoffs, winning a title, keeping the consistency going into next year) Take Brian Alexander, the Cal barrow. I’ve been good friends with him and know his athletic reproach very well as to know Cal is like such. He always seems to play the best when Cal needs him to the most, and seems to instinctively know when opportunity is holding its’ door handle within reach. Of course, there are other players on the team that seem to have this unusual sense. Under these conditions, Cal would have probably only beaten MSJ if it was a scenario where they would have had a great shot at DLS and then the title. That’s probably why they thought what they did. Maybe that answers your “all bite, no bark” comment EastBay Funk, and gives you an idea why we the EBAL are so full of our own mighty kingdom.

    MSJ, I didn’t mean to be rude to the Warriors if that’s why you asked what you did, and what you asked is similar to what I would ask you since your team was still in, how could they take down DLS and maintain consistency to beat Deer Valley or Amador? Hope for the best, believe in your team, and sorry for being bold. At the time of this post it looks like your match is in the latter stages, so until then I guess…

  • THEanonymous

    “all bark, no bite”*

  • EastBay Funk

    To THEanonymous- No need to apologize-no offense taken. The bottom line is we’re all volleyball fans here rooting for our teams and/or league. Some of us are trying to gain respect, others are trying to justify respect. When you say things like “since they were in such an easy league” it tells me that MSJ/MVAL still might not have your respect. If you meant “easy” because only 2 of the 6 MVAL teams are legit, D1 sized schools(well over 2000 students)-then you might have a point. But if you’re just regurgitating the “every league is weak/easy if they’re not the EBAL league” bit seen in these forums, then we might have to get you to come out to see other teams/leagues so that you and others might throw some of that respect our way.
    Unless you’ve played, coached, reffed or watched a number of games in or vs the MVAL, you might not really have a reason to give respect where its due. Most everyone regards the EBAL as exceptional, but that doesnt mean others can’t be good also. Again, some of us are trying to gain respect, others are trying to justify it.

  • trickywoozy

    dls beat msj in 5.

  • stats

    I dont think anyone can claim that Mission San Jose is “weak”; they beat Foothill, Deer Valley (*w/o Jason), Cal, and James Logan… NCS tournamet teams. (and took DLS to 5)

    Did anyone else in their league beat a team that made the NCS tournament? Not sure, but I dont think so. I think that the claim can be made than the MVAL is weaker than EBAL. Thats fine. Same goes for every other league in NCS. There are still good teams in the MVAL (and every other league in NCS). They all have dedicated players, players that play club and want to get better and improve the sport in the Bay Area.

    Even though it has been 14 years and counting, that MVAL has not won an NCS Championship, they are not a “weak” league. Even though 11 of the past 13 NCS Champions are in EBAL (*if you count DLS) they are not the toughest league. … oh wait, yes they are. But there are still standouts in each league that are good, if not great. And we should applaud them for improving their school, league, section and the sport.

  • ebvbfan

    Enough talk about the games that have occurred. Let’s predict how the finals will turn out. I say in all 3 divisions the matches go 5 games…….my prediction, for what it’s worth:
    Deer Valley upsets DLS
    Campolindo over Drake
    College Prep over SPSV

  • THEanonymous

    Hold the phone….I went through two months of forums, and when did I ever say MSJ was “in such an easy league?”

    Oh and P.S. Go Deer Valley!!

  • EastBay Funk

    THEanonymous: See Comment 18 above, 3rd sentence…

    …Btw, if anyone has a good chance to topple DLS I agree it would have to be Deer Valley. Should be a great match-wish I could be there!

  • cptime

    Did “Stats” just claim DLS’ 5 early Titles as belonging to the EBAL? they were BVAL in those days! That effort only suggests again.. a grasping at the past to justify a sliding future.