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East Bay Girls Volleyball Notes: Playoffs, Rankings, Standings

The playoff pairings have been announced. Let’s see where teams landed, and break down the brackets.

Division I

Foothill holds on to the top seed after a rough final week. It was always going to be the Falcons, San Ramon Valley and California as the top three seeds, but the order was up in the air. EBAL teams grab the top five seeds, and it is deservedly so. All five of them have the ability to reach the finals.

Favorite: Gotta say San Ramon Valley. The Wolves are the most potent team.

Sleeper: Heritage. Pats are dangerous.

Best First Round Game: Deer Valley v. Irvington

Division II

The head-to-head win kept Northgate a spot ahead of Carondelet, but both teams have tough teams to go throw. To reach the finals, they have to beat the top Redwood teams in Maria Carrillo and Redwood, respectively.

Favorite: Redwood. They are always there.

Sleeper: Carondelet. The Cougars play such a good schedule and have beat several top teams.

Best First Round Game: Dougherty Valley v. Washington

Division III

Three very good teams in Bishop O’Dowd, Campolindo and Albany. The Dragons earn the top seed, and beating Campolindo early in the year had to help. The semi-finals of this bracket should be a lot of fun.

Favorite: Can’t pick just one. Going Campo and O’Dowd as co-favorites.

Sleeper: Miramonte. Don’t sleep on ’em.

Best First Round Game: Drake v. Acalanes.

Division IV

Salesian grabs the top seed, and why not? The Pride have proven their mettle by beating many top teams throughout the East Bay, regardless of Division.

Favorite: Definitely Salesian.

Sleeper: Moreau Catholic. The Mariners are seeded too low as a No. 6 seed.

Best First Round Game: Moreau Catholic v. Arcata. Arcata is a league champ, so Moreau has to travel far. Should be pretty close.

Division V

Six East Bay teams make the bracket with St. Joseph Notre Dame leading the way as a three seed. The Pilots could find themselves in the final, but have a tough side of the bracket.

Favorite: Every body knows the team to beat is Branson. One of the best teams in the NCS, period.

Sleeper: Head-Royce, as a six seed, could make a run to the finals, but would have to go through University and St. Joseph Notre Dame.

Best First Round Game: Valley Christian v. Athenian.

Rankings

The Cougars claim the No. 1 spot by just winning week in and week out. While the EBAL teams are beating each other up each week, Campolindo and Bishop O’Dowd keep winning for the most part and find themselves as the top two teams.
The Wolves jump to No 3, as Foothill and California each drop three spots. There weren’t a whole lot of other major shits, other than Logan joining the top 15 for the first time.
The playoffs are now all that matters as this stuff will now sort itself out.

1. Campolindo (19-10)
2. Bishop O’Dowd (25-11)
3. San Ramon Valley (31-8)
4. Foothill (27-8)
5. Albany (30-6)
6. California (18-7)
7. Salesian (25-9)
8. Northgate (24-8)
9. Carondelet (20-14)
10. Granada (16-13)
11. Monte Vista (20-14)
12. Miramonte (15-5)
13. Heritage (21-13)
14. St. Joseph Notre Dame (28-5)
15. Logan (22-13)

ACCAL
Team   W-L   GB

Berkeley (23-6, 12-0) –
Alameda (17-8, 10-2) 2
El Cerrito (7-5) 5
Pinole Valley (8-6, 7-5) 5
De Anza (3-9) 9
Hercules (3-9) 9
Richmond (0-12) 12

BCL
Team W-L GB

Chinese Chr. (15-11, 7-3) –
CSD (13-10, 7-3) –
Fremont Chr. (10-13, 7-3) –
Contra Costa Chr. (12-9, 7-3) –
OMI (2-12, 2-8) 5
Emery (1-18, 0-10) 7

BCL-E
Team   W-L   GB

College Prep (22-9, 11-1) –
Head-Royce (19-6, 11-1) –
Athenian (15-9, 7-5) 4
Valley Chr. (17-9, 7-5) 4
St. Elizabeth (7-13, 4-8) 7
Bentley (5-18, 1-11) 10
Redwood Chr. (4-21, 1-11) 10

BSAL
Team   W-L   GB

Albany (30-6, 13-0) –
St. Joseph (28-5, 11-2) 2
Salesian (25-8, 10-3) 3
St. Pat’s (26-6, 9-4) 4
St. Mary’s (9-18, 6-7) 7
Piedmont (8-14, 5-8) 8
Encinal (2-11) 11
Holy Names (1-12) 12
Kennedy (1-12) 12
Swett (1-12) 12

BVAL
Team   W-L   GB

Heritage (22-13, 9-1) –
Deer Valley (14-21, 8-2) 1
Liberty (14-19, 7-3) 2
Antioch (3-20, 3-7) 6
Freedom (6-18, 3-7) 6
Pittsburg (0-10) 9

DFAL
Team   W-L   GB

Campolindo (19-10, 12-0) –
Miramonte (15-5, 9-3) 3
Las Lomas (19-16, 8-4) 4
Acalanes (14-15, 6-6) 6
Dougherty Valley (16-13, 5-7) 7
Dublin (7-14, 2-10) 10
Alhambra (2-16, 0-12) 12

DVAL
Team   W-L   GB

Northgate (24-8, 12-0) –
Berean Chr. (23-10, 10-2) 2
Concord (13-20, 8-4) 4
Clayton Valley (13-21, 6-6) 6
College Park (10-25, 4-8) 8
Ygnacio Valley (2-10) 10
Mt. Diablo (0-12) 12

EBAL
Team   W-L   GB

Foothill (27-8, 10-4)
San Ramon Valley (31-8, 10-4)
Carondelet (21-14, 9-5)
California (18-7, 9-5)
Monte Vista (20-14, 7-7)
Granada (16-13, 6-8)
Amador Valley (13-16, 5-9)
Livermore (11-21, 0-14)

HAAL
Team   W-L   GB

Bishop O’Dowd (25-11, 11-1) –
Moreau Catholic (22-11, 11-1) –
San Leandro (11-9, 9-3) 2
Castro Valley (15-17, 7-5) 4
Arroyo (9-13, 6-6) 5
San Lorenzo (4-8) 7
Mt. Eden (3-9) 8
Tennyson (2-10) 9
Hayward (0-12) 11

MVAL
Team   W-L   GB

Irvington (22-6, 11-1) –
Logan (22-13, 11-1) –
Washington (16-17, 8-4) 3
Mission San Jose (8-22, 5-7) 6
Newark (13-17, 4-8) 7
American (8-13, 3-9) 8
Kennedy (3-19, 0-12) 11

Matt Smith