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East Bay Girls Volleyball Notes: POY Candidate Erin Sherwood, Rankings, Standings

As we continue to look at the top players in the East Bay who will be Player of the Year candidates, we now look to the top player on the top team in outside hitter Erin Sherwood

To be a great player at whatever level you are playing at, having a lot of talent isn’t always enough. The really good ones just can’t stand to lose and will give everything they can to win.
That is the case with San Ramon Valley’s Erin Sherwood, who is probably the most intense player in the East Bay.
“Erin is very intense,” San Ramon Valley coach Tom Bauhs said. “She hates to get beat, but she is able to shake it off and move on to the next play. She knows she will get another chance and will beat her opponent the next time around and she is the player who wants the ball when the game is on the line.”
Sherwood wants to excel, but it’s not only the court where she excels. She is a great on the court, and also in the classroom and that translates into her volleyball ability.
“Erin is driven by her own desire to be the strongest athlete she can be,” Bauhs said. “Erin is a top student and applies her intelligence on the court. Her physical strength, athleticism and game smarts combine to make her one of the strongest volleyball players in the area.”
Sherwood is the engine that makes the East Bay’s top team go. It isn’t only because of her ability, however, but how good of a teammate and a leader she is.
“Erin has a great attitude,” Bauhs said. “She supports her teammates and works hard to keep up the intensity for the whole team on the court. She celebrates with everyone on a good play, whether it was her play, or one of her teammates.”
But don’t be mistaken, because Sherwood is still the go to player when the game is on the line.
“As the clutch hitter, the team looks to Erin to pull us out of the ruts and lead the team to victory,” Bauhs said. “We are a team with many weapons, but when we need a kill, it’s often Erin that is front and center calling for the set and putting the ball down.”

Rankings

The Wolves jump back to No. 1 after winning the Concord Tournament, and topping No. 1 Foothill in the final. The Wolves also were impressive in 3-0 wins over Amador Valley and Granada in league play.
Cal beat Foothill in impressive fashion to jump up to No. 3 while Bishop O’Dowd stays at No. 2 for now.
Granada comes in to the rankings after beating Monte Vista. The Mustangs will likely be back in the rankings shortly as the EBAL continues to be up and down, but with three losses in a row, they move out for now.
The biggest jump goes to Salesian which moves up four spots after a win over St. Joseph Notre Dame.

1. San Ramon Valley (21-4)
2. Bishop O’Dowd (15-8)
3. California (11-2)
4. Foothill (17-5)
5. Campolindo (10-7)
6. Albany (17-3)
7. Miramonte (11-2)
8. Northgate (13-4)
9. Carondelet (10-8)
10. Berean Christian (13-3)
11. Salesian (12-4)
12. Amador Valley (10-11)
13. St. Joseph Notre Dame (24-4)
14. Head-Royce (13-5)
15. Granada (11-10)

ACCAL
Team W-L GB

Alameda (12-6, 5-0) -
Berkeley (15-6, 5-0) -
El Cerrito (3-2) 2
Pinole Valley (3-4, 2-3) 3
De Anza (1-3) 3.5
Hercules (0-4) 4.5
Richmond (0-4) 4.5

BCL
Team W-L GB

Contra Costa Chr. (6-5, 2-0) -
Fremont Chr. (6-10, 3-1) -
Chinese Chr. (9-8, 2-1) .5
CSD (3-6, 2-2) 1
OMI (0-6, 0-2) 2
Emery (0-10, 0-3) 2.5
Cornerstone Chr. (0-0, 0-0)

BCL-E
Team W-L GB

Head-Royce (13-5, 8-0) -
College Prep (9-4, 6-1) 1.5
Valley Chr. (11-6, 4-3) 3.5
Athenian (10-6, 3-3) 4
St. Elizabeth (5-10, 2-5) 5.5
Bentley (5-8, 1-5) 6
Redwood Chr. (3-16, 0-7) 7.5

BSAL
Team W-L GB

Albany (17-3, 8-0) -
Salesian (12-4, 8-1) .5
St. Joseph (24-4, 7-2) 1.5
St. Pat’s (17-4, 5-3) 3
Piedmont (7-9, 4-3) 3.5
St. Mary’s (7-14, 4-4) 4
Encinal (2-6) 6
Swett (1-6) 6.5
Holy Names (0-7) 7.5
Kennedy (0-7) 7.5

BVAL
Team W-L GB

Deer Valley (3-12, 2-0) -
Heritage (8-11, 2-0) -
Liberty (5-13, 1-1) 1
Antioch (1-10, 1-1) 1
Freedom (3-10, 0-2) 2
Pittsburg (0-4, 0-2) 2

DFAL
Team W-L GB

Campolindo (10-7, 5-0) -
Miramonte (11-2, 5-0) -
Las Lomas (9-10, 3-2) 2
Acalanes (8-10, 2-3) 3
Dougherty Valley (9-6, 2-3) 3
Dublin (6-8, 1-4) 4
Alhambra (2-8, 0-6) 5.5

DVAL
Team W-L GB

Berean Chr. (13-3, 5-0)
Northgate (13-4, 5-0)
Concord (5-14, 2-2) 2.5
Clayton Valley (8-14, 2-3) 3
Mt. Diablo (0-3) 3.5
Ygnacio Valley (0-3) 3.5
College Park (7-17, 1-4) 4

EBAL
Team W-L GB

San Ramon Valley (21-4, 5-1) -
California (11-2, 5-1) -
Carondelet (10-8, 4-2) 1
Foothill (17-5, 4-2) 1
Monte Vista (8-6, 3-3) 2
Amador Valley (10-11, 2-4) 3
Granada (11-10, 1-5) 4
Livermore (11-13, 0-6) 5

HAAL
Team W-L GB

Bishop O’Dowd (15-8, 6-0) -
Moreau Catholic (10-5, 6-0) -
Castro Valley (7-8, 4-2) 2
San Leandro (4-5, 4-2) 2
Arroyo (5-10, 2-4) 4
San Lorenzo (1-3) 4
Mt. Eden (1-4) 4.5
Hayward (0-4) 5
Tennyson (0-5) 5.5

MVAL
Team W-L GB

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

Matt Smith

  • Mariner Fan

    The streak is over! Moreau beat O’Dowd tonight to stop the Dragons’ HAAL consecutive win streak at 90. Go Mariners, take that final HAAL title with you to the MVAL next year!

  • Dragon

    Well, I guess you can kinda take 1/2 of the regular season HAAL title, although the 3-0 rematch makes me wonder. The real HAAL championship next week might provide the rubber match.