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Boys Volleyball: Playoffs, Rankings, Standings

With the league races looking pretty settled, other than the BCL-East, let’s take a look at the playoff situation in the three divisions. The selection meeting is three weeks from today.

Division I

Locks: Amador Valley, California, College Park, De La Salle, Deer Valley, Logan, Mission San Jose, Monte Vista, San Ramon Valley.

These nine teams are very safe right now, leaving three spots. Right now, the frontrunners for those three spots seem to be American, Freedom and Heritage. Berkeley and Pittsburg are also around .500 overall or in league, but Freedom has the edge on those two teams, in my opinion.
The team that seems like it won’t make the playoffs, for the first time since I can remember, is Foothill. If the Falcons played in any other league, this team would be in, and is definitely one of the top 12 teams in Division I, but doesn’t appear close to qualifying in overall, league or within division. It’s too bad.

Division II

Locks: Acalanes, Alameda, Campolindo, Clayton Valley, Dougherty Valley, Kennedy, Northgate.

This gives us seven teams, with five slots to fill. Those slots might not get filled with the rest of the field hovering around .500. El Cerrito, Encinal, Las Lomas and Ygnacio Valley are all around .500 in league. Drake, from out of the East Bay, will be one of the top seeds and it appears Redwood is around .500 also. I think Las Lomas will get in, and I think Redwood will. I think El Cerrito, playing in the ACCAL, also has a very good chance.

Division III

Locks: College Prep, De Anza, Head-Royce, St. Patrick-St. Vincent, Valley Christian.

These five appear to be safe based on record and the rest of their schedule. Moreau Catholic is one of the better teams, but plays in a tough league and will need to keep the .500 overall record to get in, but deserves to be in. Seems like Marin Catholic is a similar team. I do think both those teams will make it. With a 4-2 record against Division III schools, I’m saying Berean Christian is very safe too, considering it doesn’t look like the 12-team bracket will get filled.
Bentley, Salesian, St. Joseph Notre Dame, Contra Costa Christian, Bay, OMI and El Molino are other teams around .500 that could make a push.

Rankings

Wow is really all that can be said about De La Salle at this point. Campo earns the jump to No. 2 after beating a St. Pat’s team that has beaten Deer Valley twice. San Ramon Valley has emerged as the No. 2 team in the EBAL and jumps up to No. 5, while College Park enjoys a small jump also.
At the bottom, Northgate debut’s in the rankings. BCL teams College Prep and Valley Christian will look to prove who the best team in the league is, and return to the rankings.

1. De La Salle (25-2)
2. Campolindo (18-5)
3. Deer Valley (25-3)
4. Mission San Jose (14-4)
5. San Ramon Valley (11-5)
6. College Park (12-3)
7. Amador Valley (16-6)
8. Logan (18-8)
9. California (13-7)
10. Acalanes (8-3)
11. Dougherty Valley (16-7)
12. Kennedy (19-4)
13. Monte Vista (12-9)
14. American (12-11)
15. Northgte (10-8)

Standings

ACCAL
Team W-L GB

Alameda (16-7, 7-0) –
Berkeley (8-10, 5-2) 2
De Anza (9-3, 5-2) 2
El Cerrito (4-8, 3-3) 3.5
Richmond (4-5, 2-4) 4.5
Pinole Valley (1-8, 1-5) 5.5
Hercules (0-8, 0-7) 7

BCL-E
Team W-L GB

College Prep (10-10, 5-1) –
Valley Chr. (13-2, 3-1) 1
Head-Royce (7-5, 3-2) 1.5
Bentley (5-6, 1-4) 3.5
Redwood Chr. (2-8, 1-5) 4

BSAL
Team W-L GB

St. Patrick-St. Vincent (22-3, 4-0) –
Encinal (3-6, 2-1) 1.5
Salesian (2-4, 2-2) 2
St. Joseph Notre Dame (2-6, 1-2) 2.5
St. Mary’s (1-7, 0-4) 4

BVAL
Team W-L GB

Deer Valley (25-3, 4-0) –
Heritage (12-8, 3-1) 1
Freedom (5-10, 2-2) 2
Pittsburg (4-8, 2-2) 2
Antioch (4-15, 1-3) 3
Liberty (0-4, 0-4) 4

DFAL
Team W-L GB

Campolindo (18-5, 5-0) –
Acalanes (8-3, 4-1) 1
Dougherty Valley (16-7, 2-2) 2.5
Las Lomas (14-14, 1-4) 4
Alhambra (4-11, 0-5) 5

DVAL
Team W-L GB

College Park (12-3, 7-0) –
Northgate (10-8, 5-2) 2
Clayton Valley (12-7, 5-2) 2
Ygnacio Valley (5-10, 3-4) 4
Berean Christian (7-7, 3-4) 4
Concord (1-17, 1-6) 6
Mount Diablo (0-6, 0-6) 6.5

EBAL
Team W-L GB

De La Salle (25-2, 8-0) –
San Ramon Valley (11-5, 6-2) 2
California (13-7, 5-3) 3
Aamador Valley (16-6, 5-3) 3
Monte Vista (12-9, 4-4) 4
Foothill (8-13, 3-5) 5
Granada (2-10, 1-7) 7
Livermore (3-14, 0-8) 8

MVAL
Team W-L GB

Mission San Jose (14-4, 6-0) –
Logan (18-8, 5-2) 1.5
Kennedy (19-4, 5-2) 1.5
American (12-11, 4-3) 2.5
Moreau Catholic (11-11, 2-4) 4
Washington (2-12, 1-6) 5.5
Castro Valley (0-6, 0-6) 6

Independent
Team W-L

San Leandro (3-6)
Tennyson (0-5)

Matt Smith