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Boys Volleyball: MVAL v. EBAL, Rankings, Standings

Year in and year out, the East Bay Athletic League is the best boys volleyball league in the East Bay. But is the Mission Valley Athletic League starting to catch up?

Currently, the EBAL has five teams ranked, and the MVAL has four, with American lurking just outside the rankings. If there were a top 16, each league would have five teams.
However, right now, the EBAL has three teams ranked in the top seven and all five ranked in the top ten. The MVAL’s highest ranked team is Logan at No. 8.
But this is where it gets interesting. Mission San Jose, a top five program year in and year out, hasn’t quite got going this year, but will at some point, meaning the MVAL will get better. American will likely crack the top 15 again soon. Moreau Catholic can keep climbing, especially once the Division III playoffs roll around and Washington has a really good shot to jump into the rankings as well. Six teams for the MVAL would be a statement.
So far, the EBAL is 10-3 against the MVAL, and 5-2 against the ranked teams of the MVAL. It doesn’t seem like the EBAL is ready quite yet to lose its stronghold as the top league in the East Bay, but the MVAL has certainly become No. 2, and appears to be closing the gap.

Rankings

Some big changes in the rankings this week.
For starters, there is a new No. 1 as Deer Valley, with Marcus Lee in the middle, showed it was the team to beat in the East Bay with a thrilling five-game win at Campolindo. The Wolverines are going to be hard to deal with this year, and probably won’t see Campo again this season.
However, at some point a rematch with College Park could be looming and a chance for the Wolverines to avenge their only loss, and a chance for the Falcons to make a statement.
Amador Valley jumps up three spots after a good week in the EBAL and at the Dougherty Valley Tournament, while De La Salle moves up for spots after straight set wins over SRV and MV. SRV drops four spots.
Moreau Catholic climbs up to No. 11, while MSJ drops to No. 14 and Berean Christian is back in the rankings.

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

Standings

BCL-E
Team W-L GB

College Prep (4-1, 4-0) -
Bentley (13-3, 3-1) 1
Head-Royce (2-2, 2-2) 2
Valley Chr. (0-2, 0-2) 3
Redwood Chr. (0-9, 0-4) 4

BVAL
Team W-L GB

Antioch (0-14, 0-0) -
Deer Valley (11-1, 0-0) -
Heritage (2-8, 0-0) -
Freedom (0-13, 0-0) -
Liberty (0-0, 0-0) -
Pittsburg (1-5, 0-0) -

DFAL
Team W-L GB

Campolindo (8-1, 1-0) -
Dougherty Valley (11-7, 1-1) .5
Acalanes (2-3, 0-0) .5
Alhambra (0-8, 0-0) .5
Las Lomas (6-5, 0-0) .5
Miramonte (0-1, 0-1) 1

DVAL
Team W-L GB

College Park (15-2, 4-0) -
Northgate (8-6, 3-0) .5
Berean Christian (9-4, 3-1) 1
Concord (5-2, 1-2) 2.5
Ygnacio Valley (1-3, 1-2) 2.5
Clayton Valley (5-11, 0-3) 3.5
Mount Diablo (0-4, 0-4) 4

EBAL
Team W-L GB

Aamador Valley (13-3, 5-0) -
Foothill (10-1, 4-0) .5
De La Salle (4-6, 2-2) 2.5
Monte Vista (7-4, 2-2) 2.5
California (2-5, 2-3) 3
San Ramon Valley (5-6, 2-3) 3
Granada (0-4, 0-4) 4.5
Livermore (5-9, 0-4) 4.5

MVAL
Team W-L GB

American (7-9, 0-0) -
Irvington (0-0, 0-0) -
Kennedy (11-1, 0-0) -
Logan (6-3, 0-0) -
Mission San Jose (2-3, 0-0) -
Moreau Catholic (10-2, 0-0) -
Washington (7-6, 0-0) -

TCAL
Team W-L GB

St. Patrick-St. Vincent (16-2, 8-0) -
St. Joseph Notre Dame (6-7, 5-1) 2
De Anza (3-2, 3-2) 3.5
Pinole Valley (4-5, 4-4) 4
St. Mary’s (3-3, 3-3) 4
Richmond (2-4, 2-3) 4.5
Hercules (1-6, 1-4) 5.5
El Cerrito (0-4, 0-4) 6
Salesian (1-8, 1-7) 7

WACC
Team W-L GB

Alameda (9-4, 4-0) -
Castro Valley (6-3, 4-0) -
Encinal (4-3, 2-1) 1.5
Arroyo (1-3, 1-2) 2.5
Berkeley (1-2, 1-2) 2.5
San Leandro (0-5, 0-3) 3.5
Tennyson (0-5, 0-4) 4

Matt Smith

  • Norc

    AV beats MSJ 3-0 in a close match. MSJ definitely doesn’t have the defensive power of past years, but this team will definitely contend. AV’s size will take the team far. Both teams should be serious NCS contenders. Watch for MSJ’s rank to skyrocket in the next weeks

  • ncs volleyball fan

    Kennedy is 11-1 but beat opp combined record of 7-33 how does that make them top 15 in ncs? One quality opp in Bentley (13-3) and got swept 2-0..seems like they are getting love for scheduling weak teams besides their tournament games.

  • dprimero

    Campo travels outside the state to the Vegas Easter tournament and runs the table (so to speak). Goes undefeated and wins it all. Along the way beats very good (and tall) Clovis West, Brophy (last year’s winner from Phoenix) and Clovis in the finals in 3 18-16.
    All Tournament team from Campo includes Yize Dong, Bryan Lee, Ryan First, and MVP Joe Worsley!!

  • Matt Smith

    Great results for Campo.

  • Dave

    Moreau beats Kennedy in 3 in a very dominating way after having lost to Logan 15-12 in the fifth set with only half of their team there. Moreau definitely looking strong this year and looking to take the MVAL!

  • trinidadjames

    hi matt. i see you.

  • Matt Smith

    Were you at the American/MSJ game?

    I think MSJ has some talented players and good athletes, but don’t have the same ball control as they’ve had in the past. They make more mistakes right now, but if they clean that up, I think they are dangerous. American is very scrappy.

  • True

    Matt,
    How are you going to rank the top two (Deer Valley and Campo) if they don’t see each other again this season? Campo just won a huge tournament (Las Vegas) according to parents I spoke to. DV will be at GB Tournament and depending on how they finish, this could be a good measuring tool for the two teams. Not sure who will be at GB tournament but don’t think it will be as competitive as Las Vegas Easter tournament. If DV wins the GB tournament, I would rank them 1 for the rest of the season. If not, it will be a tough call. I do think Campo lost to DV is the best thing that happened to them because they know now that they can’t take any team lightly. Based on the scores from Vegas, it demonstrated these young team (Soph and Jr) are now maturing and will be dangerous not only this year but next year as well.