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Girls Volleyball: Division III, Rankings, Standings

Simply put, Division III in the North Coast Section is pretty good. And it has been a good three-year run.

In 2011, Albany reached the CIF State finals, nearly winning it, in 2010 Campolindo did win a state title, and in 2009, Bishop O’Dowd reached the NorCal finals.
This year, those same three teams are very good once again, but it doesn’t just stop with teams from the NCS.
Sacred Heart Cathedral and Valley Christian-San Jose, along with a few decent teams of the Sacramento area, are going to have a say about what happens to the to NCS teams that are lucky enough to make the NorCal bracket.
“Division III teams from NCS and CCS are extremely competitive,” Campolindo coach John Vuong said. “It’s great to have this kind of competition because it makes us work harder every night. In order for us to have an opportunity to compete in December, we have to play greater defense because other teams have great hitters.”
Campolindo may have asserted itself as the top Division III team in the NCS with a 2-0 win over the Dragons at Stockton this weekend, and with O’Dowd beating Albany in three, it figures that your top three seeds will go in that order.
But once the playoffs start, those head-to-head wins won’t matter and the team that plays the most consistent, sound and inspired volleyball will get through this bracket.

Rankings

A pecking order seems to have been established, with Campolindo beating Bishop O’Dowd, then O’Dowd beating Albany. However, that can change in a heartbeat and the real test will be when all of these teams face each other in the NCS playoffs.
But for now, as many have been calling for, there is a new No. 1 team as Campolindo takes over the top spot.
California certainly deserves a bump in the rankings after beating San Ramon Valley in three games, while Northgate is just one Las Lomas loss from jumping into the top six and being considered the top team from the East Bay in Division II.
Also, welcome St. Joseph Notre Dame back to the rankings after a nice win over Head-Royce. The Pilots are once again putting together a great season and should be a force in Division V behind Phoebe Grunt.

1. Campolindo (20-3)
2. California (22-3)
3. Bishop O’Dowd (20-6)
4. Albany (31-5)
5. San Ramon Valley (20-8)
6. Las Lomas (25-5)
7. Northgate (19-8)
8. Monte Vista (18-7)
9. Amador Valley (16-9)
10. Foothill (16-13)
11. St. Joseph Notre Dame (19-7)
12. Newark Memorial (18-5)
13. Moreau Catholic (18-6)
14. Head-Royce (17-5)
15. Castro Valley (13-7)

Standings

BCL-E
Team Record GB

Head Royce (17-5, 10-0) –
College Prep (11-11, 8-2) 2
Valley Chr. (17-7, 7-3) 3
Athenian (11-9, 6-4) 4
Holy Names (4-10, 3-8) 7.5
Bentley (4-14, 1-9) 9
Redwood Chr. (10-17, 1-9) 9

BVAL
Team Record GB

Heritage (12-12, 6-0) –
Liberty (19-18, 5-1) 1
Deer Valley (8-14, 4-2) 2
Freedom (5-13, 2-4) 4
Antioch (2-15, 1-5) 5
Pittsburg (0-9, 0-6) 6

DFAL
Team Record GB

Campolindo (21-3, 8-0) –
Las Lomas (25-5, 8-1) .5
Dougherty Valley (17-11, 5-3) 3
Dublin (18-9, 4-5) 4.5
Acalanes (10-9, 4-5) 4.5
Miramonte (4-18, 1-8) 7.5
Alhambra (10-15, 0-8) 8

DVAL
Team Record GB

Northgate (19-8, 8-0) –
College Park (23-6, 8-1) .5
Berean Chr. (11-12, 5-3) 3
Concord (11-11, 4-4) 4
Clayton Valley (11-13, 4-5) 4.5
Ygnacio Valley (2-7, 2-6) 6
Mt. Diablo (0-13, 0-10) 9

EBAL
Team Record GB

California (22-3, 9-1) –
San Ramon Valley (20-8, 8-2) 1
Amador Valley (16-9, 7-3) 2
Foothill (16-13, 6-4) 3
Monte Vista (18-7, 6-4) 3
Carondelet (9-12, 2-8) 7
Granada (11-15, 1-8) 7.5
Livermore (7-16, 0-9) 8.5

MVAL
Team Record GB

Newark Memorial (18-5, 10-0) –
Moreau Catholic (18-6, 9-1) 1
Irvington (15-8, 7-3) 3
Logan (11-13, 6-4) 4
Mission San Jose (9-15, 4-6) 6
Washington (2-15, 2-8) 8
American (11-10, 2-8) 8
Kennedy-Fremont (2-18, 0-10) 10

TCAL
Rock Division
Team Record GB

Albany (31-5, 10-0) –
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (29-4, 8-2) 2
St. Joseph Notre Dame (19-7, 6-4) 4
St. Mary’s (10-8, 4-5) 5.5
Salesian (6-14, 2-7) 7.5
El Cerrito (0-9, 0-9) 9.5

Stone Division
Team Record GB

Swett (8-3, 8-1) –
De Anza (7-3, 7-3) 1.5
Hercules (4-4, 4-3) 3
Pinole Valley (1-7, 1-5) 5.5
Richmond (2-6, 2-6) 5.5
Kennedy-Richmond (0-7, 0-6) 6.5

WACC
Foothill League
Team Record GB

Bishop O’Dowd (20-6, 10-0) –
Castro Valley (13-7, 11-1) –
Berkeley (12-6, 8-2) 2
Piedmont (13-11, 6-4) 4
San Leandro (8-7, 6-4) 4
Alameda (10-13, 5-7) 6

Shoreline League
Team Record GB

Arroyo (11-13, 6-4) –
Mt. Eden (5-11, 4-6) 2
San Lorenzo (5-15, 4-9) 3
Tennyson (2-10, 2-7) 3.5
Encinal (1-10, 1-9) 4.5
Hayward (0-16, 0-11) 6.5

Matt Smith