Boys Volleyball: Deer Valley Tournament, Rankings, Standings

The Deer Valley Tournament always gives us a great idea of which teams are going to be contenders, and it did so again this year. It reaffirmed some things, and it enlightened us to some things as well.

It reaffirmed that Campolindo is going to be the class of Division II. They’ll be tested as the area’s top team when they play full-strength Deer Valley on Thursday, but as far as Division II goes, this team is gonna be hard to stop.
The tournament showed us that Division I this year, is a crap shoot, and it also showed us that the top team might not come from the EBAL this year.
College Park, right now, has to be said to be the best Division I team. Deer Valley gets Marcus Lee and Jeff Brown back this week, which obviously helps, but don’t take anything away from College Park for the win over Deer Valley.
Right now it looks like College Park and Deer Valley are the two best teams in Division I, but a trio of EBAL teams (Foothill, San Ramon Valley, Amador Valley) are probably not far behind and neither is Mission San Jose.
And how about some love for Dougherty Valley? A win over AV is a good win, and perhaps they should be considered in the Division I mix.
Though St. Patrick-St. Vincent and Drake did not play, both teams impressed and gave a preview of a possible Division III showdown.

Here are the results…

Gold- Campolindo d. College Park in the finals; St. Pat’s and Deer Valley made the semifinals; Foothill, Rocklin, Drake and San Ramon Valley made the quarterfinals.

Silver- Lowell d. Dougherty Valley in the finals; Sacred Heart Cathedral and Amador Valley made the semifinals; Logan, Livermore, De La Salle and American made the quaerterfinals.

Bronze- Washington beat Acalanes in the finals; Clayton Valley beat Pleasant Valley in the consolation final.

Notable matches: American d. Northgate in pool play; St. Pat’s d. SRV in pool play; AV d. Lowell in pool play; Drake d. Logan in pool play; Foothill d. Dougherty in pool play; St. Pat’s d. Lowell in crossover game; SRV d. AV in crossover game; Deer Valley d. DLS in crossover game; Drake d. Dougherty Valley in crossover game; Foothill d. Logan in crossover game; Campo beat CP, St. Pat’s and Foothill in Gold; College Park beat Deer Valley and Drake in Gold; Deer Valley beat SRV in Gold; Dougherty beat AV and American in Silver; AV beat DLS in Silver; Washington beat Northgate in Bronze.


Campolindo defended it’s No. 1 ranking at the Deer Valley Tournament, just edging out College Park who was looking to make a move up to that top spot. The win over Deer Valley was a good one for the Falcons. We’ll see how the Wolverines look this week with the return of starting middled Marcus Lee and Jeff Brown.
Foothill, San Ramon Valley and Amador Valley should all play leapfrog with each other this year in the rankings, and in the EBAL standings. I can assure you, that these rankings will shuffle quite a bit.
Dougherty Valley has started the season off nicely and had a good showing at Deer Valley, jumping up to No. 7, while Monte Vista debuts in the top ten.
Bentley, after taking second in the Gold Bracket at the NorCal Tournament, debuts at No. 12 while Moreau Catholic debuts at No. 14.
How about the MVAL, huh? Five teams in the rankings. Most in the East Bay.

1. Campolindo (7-0)
2. College Park (13-2)
3. Deer Valley (6-1)
4. Foothill (7-1)
5. San Ramon Valley (5-4)
6. Mission San Jose (0-1)
7. Dougherty Valley (7-4)
8. Amador Valley (7-2)
9. Logan (6-3)
10. Monte Vista (4-1)
11. De La Salle (2-6)
12. Bentley (10-3)
13. Kennedy (9-1)
14. Moreau Catholic (4-0)
15. American (4-6)


Team W-L GB

College Prep (3-1, 3-0) –
Head-Royce (2-1, 2-1) 1
Valley Chr. (0-0, 0-0) 1.5
Bentley (10-3, 0-1) 2
Redwood Chr. (0-8, 0-3) 3

Team W-L GB

Antioch (0-8, 0-0) –
Deer Valley (6-1, 0-0) –
Heritage (2-7, 0-0) –
Freedom (0-8, 0-0) –
Liberty (0-0, 0-0) –
Pittsburg (0-1, 0-0) –

Team W-L GB

Acalanes (2-3, 0-0) –
Alhambra (0-7, 0-0) –
Campolindo (7-0, 0-0) –
Dougherty Valley (7-4, 0-0) –
Las Lomas (2-1, 0-0) –
Miramonte (0-0, 0-0) –

Team W-L GB

College Park (13-2, 2-0) –
Concord (4-0, 1-0) .5
Northgate (3-4, 1-0) .5
Berean Christian (3-2, 1-1) 1
Mount Diablo (0-1, 0-1) 1.5
Ygnacio Valley (0-2, 0-1) 1.5
Clayton Valley (5-9, 0-2) 2

Team W-L GB

Aamador Valley (7-2, 3-0) –
Foothill (7-1, 2-0) .5
Monte Vista (4-1, 2-0) .5
San Ramon Valley (5-4, 2-1) 1
California (0-4, 0-2) 2.5
De La Salle (2-6, 0-2) 2.5
Granada (0-2, 0-2) 2.5
Livermore (5-7, 0-2) 2.5

Team W-L GB

American (4-6, 0-0) –
Irvington (0-0, 0-0) –
Kennedy (9-1, 0-0) –
Logan (6-3, 0-0) –
Mission San Jose (0-1, 0-0) –
Moreau Catholic (4-0, 0-0) –
Washington (3-4, 0-0) –

Team W-L GB

St. Patrick-St. Vincent (10-1, 5-0) –
St. Joseph Notre Dame (6-7, 5-1) .5
De Anza (3-2, 3-2) 2
Pinole Valley (4-4, 4-3) 2
Hercules (1-3, 1-2) 3
Richmond (1-2, 1-2) 3
St. Mary’s (1-3, 1-3) 3.5
El Cerrito (0-3, 0-3) 4
Salesian (1-7, 1-6) 5

Team W-L GB

Alameda (5-1, 2-0) –
Castro Valley (4-3, 2-0) –
Arroyo (1-2, 1-1) 1
Berkeley (1-1, 1-1) 1
Encinal (2-3, 1-1) 1
San Leandro (0-4, 0-2) 2
Tennyson (0-2, 0-2) 2

Matt Smith

  • True

    Too bad I wasn’t there. It looked like a great tournament to validate your seeding. For all St P/Vs out there, u all could put to rest that Campo is better. This is the only team that I was hoping they will meet at the tournament to settle who is the beast in the east since Matt could not rank St P. what were the Scores? CP has improved a lot since they last played Campo based on the scores. A question that I have for CP is that do they have the mental toughnest to play under pressure. With their age and expierences and as season goes on, I believe they will over come this challenge. My advice to CP is that just remember the feeling of loosing a game that you know u had it in ur hands. The next time u are in this situation, u need to fight harder and play for ur life. Nothing worst then remember the tough games u lost and I will be with u for ever.

  • Matt Smith

    Castro Valley beat Arroyo in three. The Trojans are having a good start to their season. Very good for a very young program.

  • Fly on the wall

    SPSV vs.Campo was 20-25 & 22-25 w/SPSV playing back to back games against Rocklin then immediately against the rested Campo. Don’t know if the result would have been different but that was the scenario.

  • Matt Smith

    Las Lomas beats Clayton in three.
    Cal and Livermore played a good one with Cal coming out on top in five.

  • Jeffrey

    Great analysis True, I think CP could be the best team in NCS, and one of the best in NorCal, by the end of the season, but they will need a faster offense. They don’t have a big pin like last year, they still have great middles, but need to get their left side going more. Campo is a legit team, as always their block is amazingly disciplined, Lee is a great libero, and they run the best offense in NCS. Deer Valley is a team with a lot of potential, and with the return of their middles they’ll get some guys back at their natural positions and should be greatly improved. The CP’s big MH1 dominated in their match (Maxprep stats say 7/11 no errors) getting Lee and Brown back could push that matchup decidedly in DV’s favor.

    Deer Valley against Campo should be great, will be interesting to see the basketball guys rebounding from a tough defeat, can they integrate back into the lineup fast enough to give DV a chance?

    De La Salle swamped MV, and so the EBAL gets weirder, looks like Foothill could run away with it, but after that it’s a mess. WACC looks like all Alameda, Castro and Berkeley aren’t so terrible as you might expect but still aren’t remotely competitive. Moreau could win the MVAL, haven’t seen MSJ, but while Logan and Kennedy are good teams, Kennedy lost to Bentley in two, who lost to Head Royce, who got smashed by C Prep, who got smashed by Moreau…Of course the transitive property doesn’t always apply to sports but the league is very tough to predict right now. DFAL is all Campo, looks like Acalanes is taking a big fall without their big outside, Dougherty and LL are both good and will battle for second, LL with massive size, DV with a big hitter and two good secondary options.

  • MC

    Moreau Catholic is now 7-0

  • Matt Smith

    Campo beats Dougherty in three.

    I’m looking forward to Campo/DV tomorrow.

  • True

    @fly on the wall…can’t really use that playing back to back is a good reason because when I team rested for along time. They are more stiff and don’t have the readom. College park played right after the beat DV and they won the first game 25-16. It looked like it took Campo a full game to get into the readom and won the next two sets. My point is you can’t use excuses of why a team lost but except that the other team is better than you that day. It is the coach responsibility tokay sure that your team is in playing shape mentally and phiscically. I just saw the game and campo is just too powerfull and StP/Vs can’t relay on their out side stud the whole game when they play team with great defenders such as Campo.

  • Matt Smith

    DV over Campo in five, in the best match of the year.

  • Jeffrey

    So, the question of who is number one becomes a little cloudier!

  • True

    DV should be #1 since they beat Campo. Campo 2, CP 3. It was a great game last night. Could have gone either way. Would love to see rematch but not going to happen based on their schedule. Good luck to both teams in their divison. I am going to predict will take D1, CampoD2, and StP/V D3. Drake is not that far behind in D3.

  • Fly on the wall

    Woah, wasn’t trying to make excuses for SPSV. You asked for the scores since you weren’t there. If you re-read my last sentence, it says don’t know if the result would have been different. No one’s trying to take anything away from Campo.

  • fan

    so in all technicalities its pretty much a 3 way tie between cp, campo, and dear valley for first.