By Matt Smith
Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 11:51 pm in Girls Volleyball.
So what did we learn at the Deer Valley Tournament? We learned that Presentation is a very, very good team, but let’s keep the discussion to the East Bay squads.
We learned that San Ramon Valley, like many thought, is probably the team to beat in Division I, and in the East Bay. With a win over Bishop O’Dowd, which beat Campolindo, it appears that the Wolves have established themselves as the team to beat.
We learned that San Ramon Valley is very talented overall, and we also learned that the Dragons, when they control the ball, are probably the most dangerous offensive team. With Sophia Mar setting, and with several different options, if the Dragons make a good pass, then watch out.
Foothill had a nice bounce back from an early loss to Heritage, beating Northgate. The Falcons are a team that will get much better as the season goes along, you can count on that.
We learned that Heritage is a team making strides, and is a program in the making. That team is getting closer and closer to being a true Division I contender. It could be this year.
The Patriots should be considered the favorite in the BVAL after seeing that Deer Valley and Liberty still have a little ways to go.
We also saw that Salesian is not a slouch, as usual, and that the BSAL could be quite a league this year. Albany is a top East Bay team, while St. Patrick-St. Vincent is a team that is always good, and watch out for St. Joseph Notre Dame, who could join the rankings very soon.
The Deer Valley Tournament is a great early season event, and it gives East Bay volleyball plenty to talk about and a basis for ranking the teams. What will be interesting will be to see which teams improve from here.
My bet is that you haven’t heard the last from Deer Valley, and that Foothill will be a team that is markedly better by mid-season.
It didn’t take long, but San Ramon Valley has taken over the top spot. Many people thought they were the team to beat, and early on they have shown that.
Foothill had a rough time early at DV, but I find it hard to penalize teams in tournament play, especially early in the year, so I didn’t drop the Falcons too far. Miramonte makes a three-spot jump after an impressive 3-0 win over Amador Valley, while Monte Vista makes the biggest leap, moving up four spots.
Irvington, Granada and Dougherty Valley are new to the rankings.
1. San Ramon Valley (7-1)
2. Bishop O’Dowd (7-4)
3. California (3-0)
4. Campolindo (0-1)
5. Foothill (6-2)
6. Miramonte (2-0)
7. Albany (6-1)
8. Amador Valley (4-5)
9. Northgate (4-3)
10. Monte Vista (3-0)
11. Granada (2-0)
12. Irvington (2-0)
13. Berean Christian (2-1)
14. Heritage (6-9)
15. Dougherty Valley (6-2)