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Girls Volleyball: Big Games, Rankings, Standings

By Matt Smith
Sunday, September 16th, 2012 at 10:06 pm in Girls Volleyball.

For some, league play is just about to start, and for others, it has already began. Let’s take a look at the upcoming games and of what consequence they may be.

Arroyo v. Berkeley- The Dons are trying to establish themselves as the top team in the WACC’s Shoreline League, while the Yellowjackets are looking to be a factor in the Foothill League, and in the Division I playoff picture.

Valley Christian v. Head-Royce- This game will go a long way in telling us how to look at the Bay Counties League East. These are clearly the two best teams, and if the match is a blowout, the league might be one-sided. If it’s a close match, then looking forward to round two will be a lot of fun.

Logan v. Washington- Could be the two favorites in the MVAL. An early season test shall help us determine.

Granada v. San Ramon Valley- A tough road test for the Matadors as they want to show they are a top flight team, while SRV will be looking to stay on top of the league. Granada will then follow up with Foothill, in another tough match.

St. Joseph Notre Dame v. St. Patrick-St. Vincent- A big showdown in the Rock division of the TCAL. The winner will be the team hoping to challenge Albany.

Foothill v. Carondelet- This will be a very good indicator of where these two teams stand in the EBAL picture. Foothill gets very little time to recover, dealing with Granada next while Carondelet will face Amador Valley in another tough match.

California v. Monte Vista- The league favorite, perhaps, against the league’s dark horse.

Amador Valley v. Livermore- The Dons want to get back to the top of the league while the Cowboys want to be a playoff contender. AV shouldn’t be looking ahead to Thursday’s Carondelet match.


Concord v. Northgate- The Broncos are the clear favorite. Is Concord the team to rise up and challenge?

Dougherty Valley v. Dublin- Both teams are looking like a dark horse contender in the DFAL this year.

San Ramon Valley v. California- Quite possibly a preview of the two teams that will be fighting it out for the league title.


St. Francis-Mountain View v. Bishop O’Dowd- A great little non-league match to wrap up the week. Tough test at home for the Dragons.


Subtle changes to the rankings this week. First of all, after moving to 15-1 overall, and winning their own tournament in dominating fashion, Albany moves up to No. 3. This gives us all Division III teams in the top three. All three are legit NorCal and State title contenders and this divisional playoff should be quite compelling.
Berkeley rejoins after beginning their season with some impressive wins. A win over St. Patrick-St. Vincent along with a strong showing at Albany makes the Yellowjackets look like a team to watch out for.

1. Bishop O’Dowd (10-3)
2. Campolindo (10-2)
4. Albany (15-1)
3. California (6-2)
5. Carondelet (4-3)
6. San Ramon Valley (7-5)
7. Foothill (5-3)
8. Amador Valley (9-6)
9. Northgate (3-4)
10. Las Lomas (5-4)
11. Granada (3-1)
12. Monte Vista (5-3)
13. St. Joseph Notre Dame (9-1)
14. Head-Royce (7-3)
15. Berkeley (6-3)


Team Record GB

Head Royce (7-3, 3-0) -
College Prep (2-2, 2-1) 1
Athenian (5-5, 2-1) 1
Valley Chr. (5-0, 1-0) 1.5
Holy Names (2-4, 1-2) 2
Bentley (1-3, 0-2) 2.5
Redwood Chr. (5-6, 0-3) 3

Team Record GB

Antioch (0-3, 0-0) -
Deer Valley (1-6, 0-0) -
Freedom (2-5, 0-0) -
Heritage (2-8, 0-0) -
Liberty (1-6, 0-0) -
Pittsburg (0-1, 0-0) -

Team Record GB

Acalanes (0-1, 0-0) -
Alhambra (7-4, 0-0) -
Campolindo (10-2, 0-0) -
Dougherty Valley (7-1, 0-0) -
Dublin (10-2, 0-0) -
Las Lomas (5-4, 0-0) -
Miramonte (0-7, 0-0) -

Team Record GB

Berean Chr. (2-6, 0-0) -
Clayton Valley (6-8, 0-0) -
College Park (4-3, 0-0) -
Concord (3-2, 0-0) -
Mt. Diablo (0-1, 0-0) -
Northgate (3-4, 0-0) -
Ygnacio Valley (0-1, 0-0) -

Team Record GB

Amador Valley (9-6, 0-0) -
California (6-2, 0-0) -
Carondelet (4-3, 0-0) -
Foothill (5-3, 0-0) -
Granada (3-1, 0-0) -
Livermore (4-5, 0-0) -
Monte Vista (5-3, 0-0) -
San Ramon Valley (7-5, 0-0) -

Team Record GB

American (1-1, 0-0) -
Irvington (1-0, 0-0) -
Kennedy-Fremont (2-2, 0-0) -
Logan (2-6, 0-0) -
Mission San Jose (0-3, 0-0) -
Moreau Catholic (3-0, 0-0) -
Newark Memorial (4-4, 0-0) -
Washington (0-3, 0-0) -

Rock Division
Team Record GB

Albany (15-1, 0-0) -
El Cerrito (0-0, 0-0) -
Salesian (4-7, 1-0) -
St. Joseph Notre Dame (9-1, 0-0) -
St. Mary’s (4-3, 1-0) -
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (13-1, 0-0) -

Stone Division
Team Record GB

De Anza (0-0, 0-0) -
Hercules (0-0, 0-0) -
Kennedy-Richmond (0-0, 0-0) -
Pinole Valley (0-2, 0-1) -
Richmond (0-0, 0-0) -
Swett (0-2, 0-1) -

Foothill League
Team Record GB

Berkeley (6-3, 2-0) -
Bishop O’Dowd (10-3, 2-0) -
Castro Valley (4-6, 2-0) -
Alameda (5-4, 1-1) 1
Piedmont (5-4, 1-1) 1
San Leandro (0-1, 0-1) 1.5

Shoreline League
Team Record GB

Arroyo (2-4, 1-1) -
Mt. Eden (1-4, 1-1) -
San Lorenzo (0-4, 0-0) -
Hayward (0-1, 0-1) .5
Encinal (0-2, 0-2) 1
Tennyson (0-5, 0-2) 1

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  • http://ibabuzz Matt

    At the end of a long day in Albany, Castro Valley and Berkeley elected to just play 1 set to 25 rather than 2 out of 3 games. Does that 1 set constitute a “match” for NCS concern?

  • TrueDat

    I don’t think it will count as a match. Plus I don’t like it when teams do this. They signed up to the tournament and should expect to play it out. If I am a host I would not allowed it and would not invite these teams back. Why bother just flip a coin and they all could go home.

  • bigmike

    If both teams agreed to it before the match started, then why would it not count?

    Also, nothing big, but Washington is only 0-2, not 0-3. The match they played against Amador Valley was a scrimmage.

  • Matt Smith

    Thanks for the info on Washington. I will update that.

    The one-set match does not count towards their NCS record, per NCS rules. It’s too bad for Berkeley, because that is a good win.

  • Matt Smith

    Oh wait, I have Washington losing to Foothill, Cal and Salesian. I’m pretty sure those were all matches.

  • Coach Young

    You are correct Matt, the one-set match does not count towards NCS record. It was an end of the day agreement between two coaches/teams, taking into consideration the length of the day (7:30 AM-7:30 PM) and the physical wear on the girls (several injuries). And for those who are TRULY interested, they have two other opportunites to face each other, 10/11 at CVHS and 11/1 at BHS.

  • Kitty Brand

    Moreau Catholic is the school to watch out for. They moved to MVAL and have a young team consisting of 1 freshman, 5 sophmores, 3 juniors, and 1 senior. They have 5 returning players, three of which are sophmores Savannah Rosales Brand, Veronica Wilson, and Brianna King, junior Lauren Brown, and senior Remy Poau.
    Rebuilding year but have been pulling out wins over Castro Valley, Berean, Mission San Jose, Washington to name a few. It will be interesting to watch as the season continues.