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Girls Volleyball: MVAL, Rankings, Standings

The Mission Valley Athletic League might not have a ton of teams ranked at the moment, but it is going to be compelling theatre this year. Things are changing a bit, and most matches are going to be very competitive.

In recent years, Irvington, Logan and Mission San Jose have battled it out for the league championship. Those teams are in the mix this year with the Colts and Warriors at 2-2 in league, and the Vikings are very much alive and well with a perfect record so far.
But what’s different about this league, other than a new team joining and competing, is that there might be a new league favorite.
Starting with the newbies, Moreau Catholic comes into the league, and is the smallest school in the league, but is in the mix at 3-1 and only a game back.
“I am loving the challenge in the MVAL, we have to play well every time we step on the court. Any team can take you out,” Moreau Catholic coach Ami Schelin said. “So far I’m happy with the move the MVAL, it’s only going to make us a stronger team.”
Schelin is also one of a group that think that a new challenger has risen up and might be the team to beat as Newark Memorial is tied with Irvington at 4-0 and looking very strong.
“Personally I think Newark is the team to beat this year,” Schelin said. “Their defense really moves well and touches just about every ball you send over the net. “Irvington has some fire power of their own as well.”
Carley Ward, a sophomore, brings a lot of talent to a team with good junior and senior leadership, while Irvington might boast the best duo in the league with hitter Laura Hubacek and an incredible setter in Danielle Carothers.
So with the Cougars rising up, the Vikings looking strong and the Mariners adding even more competition to the league, the MVAL looks like it could be a very entertaining league this year.

Rankings

A major shake up in the rankings is finally upon us. The top four remain static, but after that, there is a lot of change. By virtue of winning the Concord Tournament and avenging an earlier loss to San Ramon Valley, Las Lomas jumps five spots, joining the top five.
Carondelet, on the other hand, drops five spots, while fellow EBAL teams San Ramon Valley (moved up a spot) Foothill (dropped four) Amador Valley (jumped up one) and Monte Vista (moved up one) all shifted around as Granada falls out of the rankings for the time being.
Joining the rankings for the first time are Acalanes and Dougherty Valley. The Dons, with a recent 3-0 win over the Wildcats and a good showing at Concord, move up the charts, while Dougherty Valley has shown to be a solid squad all year.

1. Bishop O’Dowd (13-4)
2. Campolindo (13-2)
3. Albany (19-1)
4. California (11-2)
5. Las Lomas (14-5)
6. San Ramon Valley (15-7)
7. Amador Valley (12-7)
8. Northgate (6-4)
9. Foothill (12-5)
10. Monte Vista (14-5)
11. Carondelet (5-6)
12. Head-Royce (12-4)
13. Berkeley (9-4)
14. Acalanes (5-5)
15. Dougherty Valley (10-7)

Standings

BCL-E
Team Record GB

Head Royce (12-4, 5-0) –
College Prep (8-4, 5-1) .5
Valley Chr. (12-4, 4-2) 1.5
Athenian (7-7, 4-2) 1.5
Holy Names (3-6, 2-4) 3.5
Redwood Chr. (8-11, 1-6) 5
Bentley (3-10, 0-6) 5.5

BVAL
Team Record GB

Antioch (1-10, 0-0) –
Deer Valley (4-12, 0-0) –
Freedom (4-9, 0-0) –
Heritage (3-11, 0-0) –
Liberty (4-12, 0-0) –
Pittsburg (0-3, 0-0) –

DFAL
Team Record GB

Campolindo (13-2, 3-0) –
Las Lomas (14-5, 3-1) .5
Dougherty Valley (10-7, 2-1) 1
Acalanes (5-5, 2-2) 1.5
Dublin (12-4, 2-2) 1.5
Alhambra (10-10, 0-3) 3
Miramonte (1-10, 0-3) 3

DVAL
Team Record GB

College Park (13-4, 4-0) –
Northgate (6-4, 3-0) .5
Berean Chr. (4-8, 2-1) 1.5
Concord (8-9, 1-2) 2.5
Ygnacio Valley (1-3, 1-2) 2.5
Clayton Valley (8-11, 1-3) 3
Mt. Diablo (0-7, 0-4) 4

EBAL
Team Record GB

California (11-2, 4-0) –
Amador Valley (12-7, 3-1) 1
Foothill (12-5, 3-1) 1
San Ramon Valley (15-7, 3-1) 1
Monte Vista (14-5, 2-2) 2
Carondelet (5-6, 1-3) 3
Granada (10-11, 0-4) 4
Livermore (7-11, 0-4) 4

MVAL
Team Record GB

Irvington (12-5, 4-0) –
Newark Memorial (12-5, 4-0) –
Moreau Catholic (12-6, 3-1) 1
Logan (7-11, 2-2) 2
Mission San Jose (5-8, 2-2) 2
American (10-5, 1-3) 3
Kennedy-Fremont (2-10, 0-4) 4
Washington (0-11, 0-4) 4

TCAL
Rock Division
Team Record GB

Albany (19-1, 4-0) –
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (18-2, 3-1) 1
St. Joseph Notre Dame (12-4, 2-2) 2
St. Mary’s (6-5, 1-2) 2.5
Salesian (5-10, 1-3) 3
El Cerrito (0-3, 0-3) 3.5

Stone Division
Team Record GB

Hercules (3-2, 3-1) –
Swett (2-3, 2-1) .5
Pinole Valley (1-4, 1-2) 1.5
Kennedy-Richmond (0-1, 0-1) 1.5
De Anza (0-1, 0-1) 1.5
Richmond (0-2, 0-2) 2

WACC
Foothill League
Team Record GB

Castro Valley (8-5, 6-0) –
Bishop O’Dowd (13-4, 5-0) .5
Berkeley (9-4, 5-1) 1
Alameda (8-9, 3-3) 3
San Leandro (3-2, 2-2) 3
Piedmont (5-7, 1-3) 4

Shoreline League
Team Record GB

Mt. Eden (4-6, 3-3) –
Arroyo (5-9, 2-3) .5
San Lorenzo (2-8, 1-2) 1.5
Encinal (0-2, 0-2) 2
Hayward (0-10, 0-5) 2.5
Tennyson (0-8, 0-5) 2.5

Matt Smith