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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

  • Lumberjack

    For D-2, you can add Sir Francis Drake to the mix. They have the inside track to win league and they hold a head to head win over Campo earlier this season.

  • Matt Smith

    Ya, good point. I just forgot to mention them. Drake will be a top seed for sure.

  • Matt Smith

    I updated it to include Drake.

  • george

    Saint Mary’s standing is second in league

  • Matt Smith

    The results I have for St. Mary’s are them losing once to all four of the other teams. Can you tell me what the scores were and confirm those for me?

  • Matt Smith

    The first game here at Campo is the best I’ve seen all year. Campo wins 29-27. Will Acalanes be deflated after coming so close or keep playing great?

  • Jeff

    Hey Matt, with Campo’s win against SPSV, the team that was the clear cut number 2 in NCS before their loss, do they now take over that spot? And, more importantly, are they the favorite over Drake to win the D II tournament?

  • Turftoespain

    Time to get the Club Soccer Blog going…Tryouts are done Spring League starts in a couple of weeks.
    HS Word is major shake-up at Las Lomas new coaches all-around.

  • XXX

    Jeff,
    I have seen both teams played during the season. Yes Drake beat Campo early in the season at their tournament. I think Campo realized after the lost that they could not take any team lightly. Since then, they have proved themself to be a powerhouse in D2. Campo have challenged themself by beating MSJ, SPSV, CP, Acalanes (2x). speaking of Acalances, they are a very good team. They might be the finalist in D2 if they land on the right side of the NCS bracket. It would be good to know how the voting process like and do they really send out people to watch the games that truelly reflect the teams and not based on W/L. What factors do they considered beside head to head and how much of the weighted in their selection. We will see in a few weeks.

  • Matt Smith

    XXX said it right. I think that Campo is a stronger team than Drake, and should be considered the favorite. The committee likes head to head and might give Drake the top seed, but I think it should be Campo based on the entire body of work. Campo has to be considered the favorite.
    They are the clear cut No. 2 team in the NCS, and I would like to see how they’d matchup with De La Salle.

  • XXX

    Matt
    It would be a fun match to watch. I think DLS will win in 5.

  • Prep Fan

    Well, we’re all hoping that the committee gets it right, but it’s certainly not a sure thing. If the committee is anything like the NCS football or basketball committees, there will be some serious head scratching done once the brackets are released. I’m confident in saying that Matt has a much better handle on things than the committee will. But we can always hope they’ll get it right.

  • mvalfan

    There are always two sides to the seeding. Side 1 is what the committee sees, which is strictly and objectively based on the records. Side 2 is what we see, which is the back stories to the records. We see momentum, when key players were injured or otherwise absent, when tournament schedules favored one team over another, when teams are peaking. The committee doesn’t. That said, I don’t recall their boys volleyball seeding being THAT far off the last 4 years.