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Girls Volleyball: NorCals, Simonson, Rankings, Standings

By Matt Smith
Sunday, November 18th, 2012 at 6:42 pm in Girls Volleyball.

Congratulations to our local North Coast Section champions. Now it’s time to turn the attention towards the dream of winning a NorCal title, and then a state title.
Here’s a look at the divisions.

Division I

No. 3 California v. No. 6 Homestead-Cupertino; No. 4 Menlo-Atherton v. No. 5 San Ramon Valley

Winnable games for both Division I East Bay teams. California should be considered the favorite in their matchup, but maybe not a heavy favorite. The MA v. SRV matchup should be a good one as the teams seem even (similar losses to Presentation) and with it being in Atherton, the Wolves might be a slight underdog.

St. Francis should probably be considered a pretty solid favorite in Northern California.

Division II

No. 4 Las Lomas v. No. 5 Gregori-Modesto

The Knights got a bad draw and probably deserved better for how they played down the stretch. This draw pits them against Mitty in a possible second-round match, instead of a chance to face Mitty in the NorCal finals.

Speaking of Mitty, this is a very heavy favorite in this division and in the state.

Division III

No. 1 Campolindo v. No. 8 Shasta-Redding; No. 3 Bishop O’Dowd v. No. 6 Enterprise-Redding

I used to cover sports in the Northern Section before moving to the Bay Area and I can tell you that Campolindo just need to play solid volleyball and they will move on to the second round.
The second round has some very interesting possible matchups. No matter who Campo would get if they beat Shasta, it will be a tough match. Sacred Heart Cathedral or Oakmont present tough challenges.
A possible Bishop O’Dowd/Valley Christian match would be incredible as well.

Division IV

St. Patrick-St. Vincent and Sacred Heart Prep in a NorCal final? That would be a great match. Let’s hope it happens.

Division V

Can anyone stop Branson in Northern California?

Simonson retires

Even though we knew it was coming, it’s still big news the Berean Christian High head coach Jim Simonson has decided to retire after 24 years of coaching. The last of those nine were spent at Berean where he won 207 games, an average of 23 wins a year, and won six league titles.
Overall Simonson went 604-216, winning nearly 75 percent of his games as a coach. Prior to coaching at Berean, Simonson coached at Campolindo and helped make that the powerhouse program it is today.
He won 397 games there, and nine league titles, six NCS titles and finished second in the state in 1989.

Rankings

Teams 1-10 stay the same, with St. Joe’s and Head-Royce each jumping up a spot to No. 11 and No. 12.
Heritage moves up from No. 15 to No. 13. This team might have lost in three to AV, but played pretty well, is not scared of EBAL teams and plays with a lot of heart. Watch out for this team next year.
Berkeley and Moreau Catholic both come back into the rankings to end the season.

1. California (29-3)
2. Campolindo (27-4)
3. Las Lomas (36-7)
4. Bishop O’Dowd (29-7)
5. Albany (34-6)
6. San Ramon Valley (31-10)
7. Northgate (30-10)
8. Monte Vista (25-11)
9. Amador Valley (18-13)
10. Foothill (18-17)
11. St. Joseph Notre Dame (26-11)
12. Head-Royce (23-6)
13. Heritage (20-14)
14. Berkeley (21-11)
15. Moreau Catholic (23-8)

Standings

BCL-E
Team Record GB

Head Royce (23-6, 12-0) -
College Prep (14-13, 10-2) 2
Valley Chr. (21-13, 8-4) 3
Athenian (12-13, 6-6) 6
Holy Names (4-11, 3-9) 9
Redwood Chr. (9-16, 2-10) 10
Bentley (4-16, 1-11) 11

BVAL
Team Record GB

Heritage (20-14, 9-1) -
Liberty (18-10, 9-1) -
Deer Valley (13-23, 6-4) 3
Freedom (7-15, 4-6) 5
Antioch (3-21, 2-8) 7
Pittsburg (0-13, 0-10) 9

DFAL
Team Record GB

Las Lomas (36-7, 11-1) -
Campolindo (27-4, 11-1) -
Dougherty Valley (20-13, 7-5) 4
Acalanes (12-11, 6-6) 5
Dublin (20-11, 5-7) 6
Miramonte (5-20, 2-10) 9
Alhambra (10-19, 0-12) 11

DVAL
Team Record GB

Northgate (30-10, 12-0) -
College Park (24-12, 9-3) 3
Berean Chr. (17-17, 8-4) 4
Clayton Valley (13-16, 6-6) 6
Concord (15-18, 5-7) 7
Ygnacio Valley (2-14, 2-10) 10
Mt. Diablo (0-18, 0-12) 12

EBAL
Team Record GB

California (29-3, 13-1) -
San Ramon Valley (31-10, 12-2) 1
Amador Valley (18-13, 9-5) 4
Monte Vista (25-11, 8-6) 5
Foothill (18-17, 7-7) 6
Carondelet (15-17, 4-10) 9
Granada (15-21, 3-11) 10
Livermore (7-21, 0-14) 13

MVAL
Team Record GB

Newark Memorial (23-11, 12-2) -
Moreau Catholic (23-8, 12-2) -
Irvington (18-10, 10-4) 2
Logan (15-14, 9-5) 3
Mission San Jose (11-21, 5-9) 7
Washington (5-16, 5-9) 7
American (11-14, 2-12) 10
Kennedy-Fremont (3-21, 1-13) 11

TCAL
Rock Division
Team Record GB

Albany (34-6, 10-0) -
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (34-5, 8-2) 2
St. Joseph Notre Dame (26-11, 6-4) 4
St. Mary’s (10-10, 4-6) 6
Salesian (7-16, 2-8) 8
El Cerrito (1-11, 0-10) 10

Stone Division
Team Record GB

Swett (9-6, 9-1) -
Pinole Valley (8-7, 8-2) 1
Hercules (6-6, 6-4) 3
De Anza (5-7, 5-5) 4
Kennedy-Richmond (1-11, 1-9) 8
Richmond (1-9, 1-9) 8

WACC
Foothill League
Team Record GB

Bishop O’Dowd (29-7, 16-0) -
Berkeley (21-11, 13-3) 3
Castro Valley (15-13, 12-4) 4
Piedmont (18-15, 10-6) 6
San Leandro (9-9, 9-7) 7
Alameda (10-17, 5-11) 11

Shoreline League
Team Record GB

Arroyo (15-16, 10-6) -
Mt. Eden (9-15, 8-8) 2
Tennyson (6-13, 6-10) 4
San Lorenzo (5-18, 4-12) 6
Encinal (2-15, 2-14) 8
Hayward (0-21, 0-16) 10

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  • Zxy

    It looks like NCS D2 champs got no love from CIFstate. 4th seed behind Los G (2nd place in CCS). Looks like LL norcal final or state hope has just narrow. Let hope LL coach has some good tricks from his hat. If LL goes to state, this will be the Cinderella story of the century and should be on ESpN.

  • DVAL Seer

    Jim Simonson is a true gentleman and will be missed in the DVAL. Congratulations and we wish you well on your retirement.

  • curious

    Congrats on a wonderful career Jim and good luck on whatever you decide to do with all of your free time. Now lets all wait to hear who is going to scream bloody murder over the rankings and seedings. I’ll take LL Alum for $1000 Alex. I’ve got LL,Cal,BOD,and Campo all advancing. Still dont know what SRV team will show up on Tuesday. Got Menlo Atherton unfortuanately coming out on top in a hard fought 5 set battle 3-2. Good Luck To ALL!

  • VBwatcher

    Zxy, LL Alum, VBFan and other complainers out there-

    Go read page 9 of the CIF State Volleyball Championships Participants Handbook.

    It says, in part: “Teams overall records will be taken into consideration for seeding purposes, along with strength of schedule, head-to-head competition, and geography (travel considerations). Whenever possible schools from the same section will not meet in the 1st round.”

    I don’t see anything that guarantees Section champions anything. If you look at the brackets you’ll NCS D1 champion Cal High (along with other section winners) seeded behind SJS D1 runner-up Granite Bay. I’m sure Chico would like better than a 7 seed in D2, behind Maria Carillo and Gregori who both lost in Section finals. In D3 you’ll see SJS champion Oakmont and NS champion Enterprise seeded below NCS runner-up O’Dowd. And so on…

    The LL coach participated in the conference call and made his case. Then the seeding decisions were made. Judgment always comes into this process. And then the players have a chance to prove the seeding committee wrong (or right). Thats why they play the games, and not just let administrators (or parents via on-line bulletin boards) vote to select a winner.

    If you don’t like this, go get a job with the CIF and change it. To win a title, LL is going to have to face up to Mitty eventually.

    Good luck to all East Bay teams tomorrow night and beyond.

  • DFALFAN07

    Where has BOD fan gone with his arguments of a couple of weeks ago now that Campo has won 5 of the last 7 sets between the two? Both are strong teams, and could meet one more time in NorCal final.

    My observation from Saturday night is Campo is just enough deeper in talent overall, that they can play through their full rotation without hitting a significantly vulnerable stretch. BOD loses a little more at certain junctures.

    Not a huge difference, but in playing a couple of hundred points over two plus hours it is difficult to overcome.

  • Blah

    The reason why most Eastbay and NS teams don’t rank high is because the level of competitions are not strong. Yes you have Albany, Odow, campo, cal but after that there is no one else. Let look at the history of state titles for all divisions. In Northern California, Campo is the only team from the Eastbay that had two states titles 2006 and 2010. No other Eastbay has accomplished this. So before you eastbayers start complaining about the state seeding, win more state titles and then you will get the respect. Until then, CCS still rules.

  • VBwatcher

    Zxy, LL Alum, VBFan and others out there-

    Go read page 9 of the CIF State Volleyball Championships Participants Handbook.

    It says, in part: “Teams overall records will be taken into consideration for seeding purposes, along with strength of schedule, head-to-head competition, and geography (travel considerations). Whenever possible schools from the same section will not meet in the 1st round.”

    I don’t see anything that guarantees Section champions anything. If you look at the brackets you’ll NCS D1 champion Cal High (along with other section winners) seeded behind SJS D1 runner-up Granite Bay. I’m sure Chico would like better than a 7 seed in D2, behind Maria Carillo and Gregori who both lost in Section finals. In D3 you’ll see SJS champion Oakmont and NS champion Enterprise seeded below NCS runner-up O’Dowd. And so on…

    The LL coach participated in the conference call and made his case. Then the seeding decisions were made. Judgment always comes into this process. And then the players have a chance to prove the seeding committee wrong (or right). That’s why they play the games, and not just let administrators (or parents via on-line bulletin boards) vote to select a winner.

    If you don’t like this, go get a job with the CIF and change it. To win a title, LL is going to have to face up to Mitty eventually.

    Good luck to all East Bay teams tomorrow night and beyond.

  • DFALFAN07

    Blah

    You are bringing facts and logic to this board. That puts you in the minority (with a few exceptions, including Matt who scrupulously plays it straight down the middle).

    People would much rather argue based on selectively citing a few shreds of data, selectively ignoring anything that doesn’t support their case, and then wrapping it all in inflammatory bombast.

    Yes, you are right that CCS still has the upper hand in terms of both quality and quantity over the years.

  • Chris Markle

    One thing definitely stinks (at least for D1) is that the SFS (SF Section) and the OS (Oakland Section) get a berth each in one division and that always ends up being D1. So those marginal teams (at least almost always marginal) take two spots away from way more deserving D1 teams. And then to add insult to injury the SFS “champ” get a home game to boot. Bah humbug!

  • Blah

    Facts =truth.

  • LL alum & dad

    Happy gameday. For the record, I havent posted regarding the CIF seedings until now. As far as the DII NCS seedings go, my opinions regarding the top 4 held up nicely.

    Above Matt states the Knights got a bad CIF draw and probably deserved better. It depends on how good El Camino is. Maxpreps uses a algorithm for ranking. Based on that, Las Lomas seed is correct at 4, a few spots behind El Camino. What appears way off is El Camino ahead of Los Gatos. LG got the short straw in this draw having to play Maria Carrillo in Round I instead of Chico. There is no way that El Camino is better than Los Gatos. Perhaps LG were penalized for the lower number of matches they played (30). LG should be fired up for the match tonight.

    As VBwatcher noted, the road goes through Mitty regardless. Provided LL stays focused and takes care of business this evening, I’d rather we see Mitty in Round II than the Finals under the hypothetical, theoretical, untested, and unlikely theory that the odds are higher that one could catch them napping there. It doesnt appear that they nap though. Mitty looks more like the old Chuck Norris joke; they dont sleep- they wait! If the Knights can earn the right to play Mitty, it would be an honor similar to SRV meeting Paly last year.

    To VBT- indeed I should have gone with Campo and the DFAL all the way. The fact that my daughters have a collective 1-15 record over 8 seasons against Campolindo may have contributed to the error! Hope Campo goes all the way.

  • VBT

    Well I find myself in the camp with DFALN07 & Blah on this one; though there is nothing wrong with a little “fan bias” to keep the discussion interesting.
    Seeding for the CIF tourney means much less than it may have in the Sectional playoffs. I predict few upsets in the first round of any Division, but after that they’re all very good teams and it depends on who brings it that night. Home court is less of an advantage since the remaining “elite” teams have the focus and talent to not be affected as much by the crowd. CCS NCS, who cares; what is nice is that the North has broken through the past few years and beaten the Socal teams in all Divisions. My question is: “Why are they holding the CIF Finals in Socal for the second straight year?” I thought it alternated each year and was to be held up North this time. Anyone know the answer to that?

  • VBT

    LL Alum & Dad,
    Apology accepted. Like I just stated, you need a little “fan bias” or things would be dull. Assuming they don’t look ahead and get to meet Mitty, What better “David Goliath” story could you have. When Campo won State two seasons ago, the Cathedral Catholic team had a definite size advantage, and were going for their “Three-peat”, but heart and determination won out that day. We know one thing about LL; They have plenty of both! Good Luck & Go DFAL!!

  • LL Alum & Fan

    VBT, thanks for the tip and good wishes. I’m going to see if I can get the footage. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Prep Fan

    Home court advantage may mean less in NorCal matches as all the teams are elite, but it is still nice to be able to play in front of your friends and neighbors. If Cal wins tonight against Homestead, they’ll have to travel to Granite Bay on Saturday night to play the SJS runner up. Combine the travel time with the fact that Cal has an NCS semi final football game that night at home and only the families and really dedicated volleyball fans will be making that trip. Good luck to all the East Bay teams tonight: Cal, SRV, LL, Campo, BOD, SP/SV & St. Joes.

  • http://aol BigJoe

    Where are the water polo rankings? Girls and boys?

  • curious

    go to the ncs website

  • ebvbfan

    Let’s not get too excited about the CCS dominating girls volleyball. That’s like saying the NCS dominates football, when it is one school, DLS, that has all the titles.. Mitty has been the most dominant girls volleyball program for years. When you consider public schools, the East Bay and South Bay have been pretty comparable. Of the 6 schools from the NCS biggest 3 divisions, only O’Dowd is a private school. Give credit to those schools that draw their players from one town. It’s an uneven playing field the private schools have, drawing their players from all over the area, no boundaries, and more often than not, families that have the money to give their kids the best training from the time they start playing. I’ll pull for Cal, SRV, LL, Campo, Northgate over Mitty, Presentation, St Francis, Sacred Heart Prep, Valley Christian every time.

  • VBT

    Well put Ebvbfan.
    Hey Big Joe get off the Volleyball page with the H2O questions… We’re about “big hops” & “floor burns” on this page.

  • Dragon Pride

    Chris –

    It all is fair regarding D1 berths for SFS and OS. Granted they are marginal and get berths, but NCS, CCS and SJS each get 2 D1 berths, just like they do in the other Divisions. The only difference is that there are no or few D1 schools in the Northern Section, so D1 gets the 6 core (NCS, CCS, SJS) plus 2 (OS and SFS) where the other Divisions get the same 6 core plus 2 (NS1 and NS2).

  • Dubcvball

    A good night for NCS teams in their NorCal openers…Cal, Las Lomas, Carillo, Campo, O’Dowd, St. Pats, Branson and St. Joes all advancing. Tough losses for SRV and Cardinal Newman who both battled hard. Was able to attend the LL match last night…and once again the ladies simply refused to quit. Down one game and trailing 23-21 in game 2 they could’ve just patted themselves on the back and said “nice season”, especially with Mitty looming. But nope…they rallied, winning game 2 and dominating after that. A daunting task on Saturday, but they are ready for the challenge. Good luck in the 2nd round NCS teams!!

  • Loudfan

    The comments I’ve read here about NCS seedings seem to overlook the nuts and bolts of the seeding process.

    The NCS committee did not necessarily consider Los Gatos to be better than Las Lomas. But they needed to get Los Gatos on the opposite side of the bracket from Mitty.

    The seeding committee will put two teams from the same section into opposite sides of the brackets for the State playoffs.

    So Los Gatos either needed to be a #3 or a #6. Putting Los Gatos at 3 and Las Lomas at 4 made it easy to seed the rest of the bracket.

    Seedings aside.. it was a good Tuesday night for the NCS! 5 of the 6 teams in Div 1, 2, and 3 won their matches.

  • lasherya

    Poor Div 4 and 5 only went 3 out 4. The shame !!!