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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

  • http://ibabuzz matt

    any results, observations etc from this weekends Stockton Tournament?

  • Matt Smith

    Campo took third place, with BOD taking fourth. Albany took seventh. This is in the gold bracket.
    I think Liberty won bronze. I think Heritage took third in the silver.

  • vbhsfan

    Did anyone see the Las Lomas-Campo match. Wow, LL won in 3 at Campo.

  • Matt Smith

    I almost went, but decided to go to Moreau instead.
    I guess Las Lomas played extremely well, and Campo made a lot of mistakes.

  • LoudFan

    Matt,

    Actually Campo played very well. They played a more error free match (in terms of unforced errors) than they did when beating LL 3-0 earlier this season.

    But LL was even better. They played with more much poise than the previous match.

    Several of you could not understand why I thought LL was the more talented team when I saw these two teams play last month. My comment was not meant to be a criticism of Campo. Campo is a very good team. I was instead criticizing LL for being full of talent — yet not playing with focus and confidence and teamwork.

    Since the Campo loss, I believe that LL has been undefeated. It’s nice to see a team playing up to its potential.

    Last night was no fluke. The better team won.

  • redandblue2

    LoudFan,

    Have to take issue with your analysis of the LL victory last evening. Campo played their worst match of the year by far last evening and LL took advantage as they should have. LL was the better team last evening and deserved to win.

    A huge number of missed first serves squelched Campo’s momentum all night long leading to a big disparity in unforced errors. Perhaps the Stockton tournament took a bit more out of them than they realized. No excuses, these things happen in high school sports. I’m sure coach Vuong will use this as a valuable teaching moment leading into the playoffs.

    Good luck to LL in the playoffs.

  • LL Alum & Dad

    RedandBlue2,

    Campo got beat pure and simple. Yes they were shaky at the beginning of game 1. Very in fact. However they actually went on to play well later in that game. Games 2 and 3 were nip and tuck for much of the game with Campo leading at least half of the time up to 20. LL look the last 5 points of both those games. Their big hitters were adequately managed by LL’s defense and their strategy to contain Borch was overcome by LL. Frankly our girls were much tougher mentally and Campo displayed a glass jaw. You say “no excuses” but then offer several. The parent support for the Campo left a lot to be desired. Campo was beaten, thoroughly in 3, by a team that has won 2 tournaments this year and 18 straight matches. In fact, our last loss came against you at home.

  • LoudFan fan

    I disagree with Redandblue2 about the LL vs Campo match. Campo threw everything they had at LL- they didn’t stop setting Annie Shurtz and she never stopped swinging. Campo triple blocked Maddie Borch all night but she did an awesome job on defense in the back row fielding more than a few of Campo’s cross court shots. LL out played Campo in all three sets and Campo never gave up. The Knights came out swinging and didn’t let up until the match was done. As for “unforced” errors…getting blocked and aced aren’t unforced.

  • Matt Smith

    Oh, what to do with the rankings? This will be a tough week.

  • Prep Fan

    If Cal beats Amador tonight, they should move to the top of the rankings. If not, then it gets real tough.

  • Loudfan

    Matt

    (For what it’s worth…) I agree with PrepFan that Cal earns the top nod as long as they keep winning. But you could draw the top 7 out of a hat. All of these teams are very good and could beat each other on a given night.

    BTW.. I think “LL Alum” came on a bit strong. Campo does not deserve the “glass jaw” comment. They’ve played tough games against tough teams this year and won a lot of the time. They played well the other night. I DO think Campo was a bit surprised that LL was playing at a higher level. The first time around, Campo coasted.

  • Matt Smith

    I think you guys are right. I think Cal has to go to No. 1 with a win.
    After that, you have SRV, which split with LL.
    LL has split with SRV and Campo.
    BOD has split with Campo.
    Campo has split with LL, BOD and has beat Cal.

    I think these are the top five teams, but in what order?

  • ll alum & dad

    Matt-

    You’re right. That remark was unnecessary.

    For the record, although both matches only went 3, neither team cruised in the matches this year. Scores of the first match were Campo 26-24, 25-22, 25-14. Aggregate score of both matches this year- Las Lomas 135, Campo 133.

    Cal is your number 1.

  • dubcvball

    Hey Matt…
    This weekend’s Northgate tournament could help sort things out a bit. Seven of your top 15 are playing: Las Lomas, San Ramon Valley, Northgate, Monte Vista, Castro Valley, Newark Memorial, and St. Josephs along with several solid NCS stalwarts from the North Bay: Branson, Maria Carillo, Cardinal Newman and Marin Catholic. Should be fun!

  • redandblue2

    Nice sportsmaship LL Alum & dad!

    I can certainly say there are no Campo parents who would ever post the classless statements you made.

  • LJcoolJ

    Um, I don’t know what all goes into the rankings, but wouldn’t Cal have been expected to beat Amador, based on their records? They barely won in 5. Not sure why that win would move them to the top. Might actually move them down a spot….

  • ll alum & dad

    Redandblue2,
    Never fear, I retracted the remark prior to your latest post my friend. See above. It is supposed to be fun after all.

    It will be interesting to see how things go over the next few years for the Cougar. When a coach of that caliberd e

  • Prep Fan

    Cal’s only EBAL loss was to AV in 5 at home. This match was at AV and they match up very well with Cal, so it was a huge win for Cal. One more win over either Foothill or Carondelet and they clinch the EBAL title and most likely the #1 seed in the NCS D1 playoffs. So it wasn’t just another match.

  • Matt Smith

    I would never move somebody down a spot for beating a good team in five. That would just be silly.

  • http://eastbayprepcorner VB Freak

    Matt,

    Don’t forget about BOD. The Mar/Karsse”boom” duo is still strong with a big win at Presentation on Monday.

  • Ron

    After seeing Northgate win the Northgate tournament tonight and beating Cardinal Newman, Maria Carrillo, and San Ramon Valley in the Champuionship bracket, I find it hard to believe that that anyone but Michelle Lawrence will be the the East Bay Player of the year. many great players but this kid has done it all!

  • Matt Smith

    I have no idea how to rank the top seven teams this week, but I’m working on it.