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Boys Volleyball: De La Salle, Rankings, Standings

After seeing the De La Salle High boys volleyball team roll through the Deer Valley Tournament, one has to wonder if there is any stopping the Spartans this year.

The Spartans haven’t lost to a North Coast Section team since losing in the Division I playoffs in May of 2010, and to be honest, they haven’t even come close to losing. And being the team that ends the streak, is not something they want.
“I think that having the many championship banners in the gym of De La Salle is one thing that keeps this team motivated,” De La Salle coach Steve Siegmann said. “Having the volleyball banner showing the incredible run that this program had from 1998-2002 and realizing that they have the potential to match that storied time in the program keeps them focused. I think one other factor that really keeps the team moving forward is that we talk about responsibility to teammates is the most important responsibility that they have and the boys embrace that and really play for each other.”
Playing for each other is something that has been a mantra at De La Salle for many, many years, regardless of the sport, and boys volleyball is just another example.
With constant theories and complaints that swirl the school about how and why they are always so good, the fact remains that anyone donning the Spartan jersey is dedicated to working harder then their opponent.
“I think what makes this team good is that the boys continue to work hard every single practice,” Siegmann said. “They are really grasping the concept that the only way for us to get better is to compete with each other and we have some very strong scrimmages during practice where they all push each other to the limit.”
Not only do they work incredibly hard, but it helps when that hard work is coupled with great talent, as is the case for the three leaders of the team, Peter Edwards, Michael Doherty and Trevor Felix.
“They have been on the varsity team the longest and have the most volleyball experience,” Siegmann said. “They are all very good players at their positions, but it’s not uncommon to see and hear them helping the less experienced teammates every single day in practice.”
With team work, talent, and hard work it is hard to see the Spartans being stopped this year.

Rankings

Instead of trying to figure out how to reshuffle the whole deck with Cal beating Amador Valley (despite Cal recently losing in five to San Ramon Valley) I decided to reward Cal for a big win, bumping them ahead of the Dons, while pushing everyone back a spot. Other than Cal being ahead of a Wolves team lost to a couple of weeks ago (again, it was in five) we still have AV ahead of CP (AV beat the Falcons in four) and AV ahead of Logan, who they have beat twice.
Acalanes, with recent wins over Monte Vista and Dougherty Valley, jumps into the top ten. However, even if they keep winning and SRV loses in EBAL play, it will be hard to move the Dons above the Wolves, considering SRV just beat them at Deer Valley. The top nine looks pretty entrenched.
Welcome College Prep back to the top 15 after a win in league play over Valley Christian.

1. De La Salle (15-2)
2. Deer Valley (14-2)
3. Campolindo (13-2)
4. Mission San Jose (11-4)
5. California (11-5)
6. Amador Valley (13-5)
7. College Park (9-3)
8. Logan (16-6)
9. San Ramon Valley (8-4)
10. Acalanes (7-3)
11. Dougherty Valley (13-7)
12. Monte Vista (12-7)
13. Kennedy (12-2)
14. College Prep (8-9)
15. Valley Christian (10-2)

Standings

ACCAL
Team W-L GB

Alameda (11-5, 4-0) -
Berkeley (5-5, 3-0) .5
De Anza (5-3, 1-2) 2.5
Hercules (0-2, 0-1) 3.5
Richmond (2-2, 0-1) 3.5
El Cerrito (1-8, 0-3) 3.5
Pinole Valley (0-4, 0-1) 3.5

BCL-E
Team W-L GB

College Prep (8-9, 4-0) -
Bentley (4-2, 1-1) 2
Valley Chr. (10-2, 1-1) 2
Head-Royce (5-5, 1-2) 2.5
Redwood Chr. (1-6, 0-3) 3.5

BSAL
Team W-L GB

St. Patrick-St. Vincent (20-2, 2-0) -
St. Joseph Notre Dame (2-3, 1-0) .5
Salesian (0-2, 0-0) 1
Encinal (1-6, 0-1) 1.5
St. Mary’s (1-5, 0-2) 2

BVAL
Team W-L GB

Antioch (3-11, 0-0) -
Deer Valley (14-2, 0-0) -
Freedom (3-8, 0-0) -
Heritage (8-7, 0-0) -
Liberty (0-0, 0-0) -
Pittsburg (2-6, 0-0) -

DFAL
Team W-L GB

Campolindo (13-2, 4-0) -
Acalanes (7-3, 3-1) 1
Las Lomas (11-8, 1-2) 2.5
Dougherty Valley (13-7, 0-2) 3
Alhambra (4-9, 0-3) 3.5

DVAL
Team W-L GB

College Park (9-3, 4-0) -
Clayton Valley (9-6, 2-1) 1.5
Northgate (7-7, 2-1) 1.5
Ygnacio Valley (4-8, 2-2) 2
Concord (1-13, 1-2) 2.5
Berean Christian (5-6, 1-3) 3
Mount Diablo (0-3, 0-3) 3.5

EBAL
Team W-L GB

De La Salle (15-2, 4-0) -
San Ramon Valley (8-4, 3-1) 1
California (11-5, 3-1) 1
Aamador Valley (13-5, 2-2) 2
Monte Vista (10-7, 2-2) 2
Foothill (7-10, 2-2) 2
Granada (1-7, 0-4) 4
Livermore (3-10, 0-4) 4

MVAL
Team W-L GB

Logan (16-6, 4-0) -
Mission San Jose (11-4, 3-0) .5
Kennedy (12-2, 2-1) 1.5
American (7-7, 2-2) 2
Washington (2-9, 1-3) 3
Moreau Catholic (7-8, 0-3) 3.5
Castro Valley (0-3, 0-3) 3.5

Independent
Team W-L

San Leandro (1-5)
Tennyson (0-4)

Matt Smith

  • Jeffrey

    Were you at Norcal No. 1 Matt? Dougherty Valley looked shaky against suspect competition, as did Kennedy. Most of the teams there were from MCAL and did not look very strong compared to the East Bay.

  • Prep Fan

    Cal beating AV in 4 on the road was a big win last week. AV is a good team. Cal’s loss to SRV the prior week was without their starting libero and was at SRV, and they only lost 15-12 in the 5th set. They should be favored in the SRV rematch at full strength at home in a few weeks.

  • xfactors

    Re Jeffrey: you are correct. MCAL teams don’t look strong at all. I guess that is why Drake varsity cancelled Deer Valley Tournament and played in the Marin Catholic JV tournament. The last time I heard that Drake doesn’t have a JV and was surprised to see Drake listed in the JV tournament last Saturday.

  • Jeffrey

    Haha, they played in the JV tournament? I wonder what else could be behind that, I remember them having a great team a couple years ago when they took down Campo to win D II. Marin Catholic has a lot of talent, or at least they have one guy who could play in college, but they just don’t seem to have much fire. El Molino hustles but they just don’t have the athleticism to compete with top teams, and the rest of the Marin teams just didn’t look very good.

  • ebalwatcher

    SRV’s ranking should solidify after Tuesday’s match against Amador. They’ve only lost so far against DLS, CP and Deer Valley, and the CP loss was their first match of the season and the coach very much was experimenting with the line-up. The win over Cal was not a fluke, and if SRV beats Amador, should rightly be placed over Cal and Amador, and potentially CP. Roles are starting to settle down at SRV, though some changes could make them an even better team.

  • Prep Fan

    I wasn’t saying SRV’s win over Cal was a fluke, as it was a hard fought, deserved victory. But just pointing out that Cal was playing on the road without arguably their best player and still almost pulled out the win, to help validate what Matt was saying above. There is still a lot of volleyball to be played and rankings will not be based on 1 or 2 matches. Good luck vs. AV tomorrow.

  • ebalwatcher

    The Wolves solidified their ranking alright with a 3-0 loss to Amador. Amador played steady defense to turn back the Wolves with solid blocking and digging. The Wolves made a few unforced errors and never got the passing or setting steady enough to create an offense. The SRV/Cal/Amador matches should be fun ones to watch the rest of the season.

  • Matt Smith

    I thought Cal looked like a very good team. Well balanced and athletic. To me they looked like the second best team in the EBAL.

  • GetReal

    Girls. Before you get all carried away…check your stat sheets. However poor the MCAL may be…Drake already defeated Campo back on the 3/17. Likewise Logan…who is rated well below Campo.
    Soon Campo heads to the Bellarmine Trny which is no place to fatten a win-loss record. Just a word to those who can hear.

  • Jeffrey

    Hey GetReal, no offense to Marin teams intended, it just looks like as a whole the league is a couple notches below the East Bay teams. I know Drake has a great program and another excellent team, and I love the way they run their offense, gives more talented teams fits.