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Boys Volleyball: League Races, Rankings, Standings

The league races are just starting to take shape. We’re starting to turn the corner from Spring Break and we’re about to find out who the league contenders are.

BCL-E
Always a very entertaining and very even league, it appears that three of the five teams in the league are capable of winning this league. It certainly looks like Bentley is the team on the rise, and perhaps the team to beat, but let’s give some love to College Prep for being on top after six games. Also, Head-Royce handed Bentley its only loss, so we truly have a three team race.

BVAL
This league hasn’t started, but can anyone say Deer Valley? This league seems like a slam dunk, but I will kindly remind the Wolverines that they still have to play the games.

DFAL
Same thing that relates to DV relates to Campolindo, but without as wide of a gap. The Cougars have beat the top two contenders in the league, Dougherty Valley and Las Lomas, in three, so it looks like Campolindo just needs to make sure to take everyone seriously and show up to play, and they’ll be fine.

DVAL
Broken record here with another team that seems like an easy choice and that’s College Park. One of the top two teams in Division I and perhaps the best team in the East Bay. However, Northgate is playing much better and may prove a very worthy challenger.

EBAL
This league has many good teams, but it seems to look like Amador Valley and Foothill have established themselves as the best two teams. Pretty much anyone in the league can play with anyone else on any given night, and De La Salle and Monte Vista, and even Cal and Livermore on certain nights, can beat anyone in the league. Granada has also taken games off good teams, so no team is safe in this league on any given night.

MVAL
The most even league from top to bottom, there is already only one unbeaten team left with four teams with one loss. Kennedy, a 15-5 team, is 0-2 in league. Kennedy is a solid squad, so this shows you how deep the league is. MSJ seemed to recapture some swagger against American, and along with Logan and Moreau Catholic, are probably the three favorites, but American, Washington and Kennedy can, and will, beat good teams in league play.

TCAL
The biggest gap among the league leader and the rest of the league is right here. St. Pat’s is that much better than the rest of the league. However, some props to Richmond who might be a playoff team and has had some very decent results.

WACC
Alameda has taken control of this league. Castro Valley and Berkeley seem to be right behind, but the Hornets look like the league favorite leaving those teams to fight for second. However, they will fight for first and there will be good matches in this league.

Rankings

Despite the big week from Campolindo, going 10-0 at Las Vegas, the head-to-head win for Deer Valley keeps them ahead of the Cougars for the top spot. It will likely take a loss to an East Bay team, or a common opponent from outside the area, for Campo to move up.
Amador Valley and Foothill swap spots as do De La Salle and Dougherty Valley as well as San Ramon Valley and Logan.
Bentley continues to climb, meanwhile we welcome back Northgate and American to the rankings.

1. Deer Valley (12-1)
2. Campolindo (19-1)
3. College Park (15-2)
4. Amador Valley (15-3)
5. Foothill (11-2)
6. De La Salle (6-6)
7. Dougherty Valley (11-7)
8. San Ramon Valley (5-6)
9. Logan (7-4)
10. Monte Vista (7-4)
11. Bentley (15-3)
12. Mission San Jose (4-4)
13. Moreau (16-3)
14. Northgate (10-6)
15. American (8-10)

Standings

BCL-E
Team W-L GB

College Prep (5-2, 5-1) -
Bentley (15-3, 4-1) .5
Head-Royce (5-3, 2-2) 2
Valley Chr. (1-3, 1-3) 3.5
Redwood Chr. (0-10, 0-5) 4.5

BVAL
Team W-L GB

Antioch (0-15, 0-0) -
Deer Valley (12-1, 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 (19-1, 2-0) -
Acalanes (4-3, 2-0) -
Dougherty Valley (11-7, 1-1) 1
Las Lomas (7-6, 1-1) 1
Alhambra (0-10, 0-2) 2
Miramonte (0-2, 0-2) 2

DVAL
Team W-L GB

College Park (16-2, 5-0) -
Northgate (10-6, 5-0) -
Berean Christian (11-5, 3-2) 2
Clayton Valley (7-11, 2-3) 3
Concord (7-3, 2-3) 3
Ygnacio Valley (1-5, 1-4) 4
Mount Diablo (0-6, 0-6) 5.5

EBAL
Team W-L GB

Amador Valley (15-3, 6-0) -
Foothill (11-2, 4-0) 1
De La Salle (6-6, 4-2) 2
Monte Vista (7-4, 2-2) 3
California (2-6, 2-4) 4
San Ramon Valley (5-6, 2-3) 3.5
Granada (0-5, 0-5) 5.5
Livermore (5-10, 0-5) 5.5

MVAL
Team W-L GB

Mission San Jose (4-4, 2-0) -
American (8-10, 1-1) 1
Logan (7-4, 1-1) 1
Moreau Catholic (16-3, 1-1) 1
Washington (9-7, 1-1) -
Kennedy (15-5, 0-2) 2

TCAL
Team W-L GB

St. Patrick-St. Vincent (17-2, 9-0) -
St. Joseph Notre Dame (6-7, 5-1) 2.5
De Anza (3-2, 3-2) 4
Richmond (4-4, 3-3) 4.5
Pinole Valley (4-6, 4-5) 5
St. Mary’s (3-4, 3-4) 5
Hercules (2-6, 2-4) 5.5
El Cerrito (0-5, 0-5) 7
Salesian (1-8, 1-7) 7

WACC
Team W-L GB

Alameda (11-4, 6-0) -
Castro Valley (6-5, 4-1) 1.5
Berkeley (4-2, 4-2) 2
Encinal (4-4, 2-2) 3
Arroyo (1-4, 1-3) 4
San Leandro (1-6, 1-4) 4.5
Tennyson (0-8, 0-6) 6

Matt Smith

  • NorCal

    Washington should be up in the rankings by now. They beat Logan in league and beat Northgate at the Deer Valley Tournament.

  • Matt Smith

    @NorCal I went with recent results, which are Washington losing to Berean, and Northgate beating Berean.

  • NorCal

    @Matt Smith, when is comes to seedings for NCS playoffs, the seeding committee primarily looks at head-to-head competitions. If you want to look at common opponents, at the Dougherty Valley tournament, Washington beat Las Lomas while Northgate lost to Las Lomas. The tournament which was on 3/23 was only 2 weeks ago!

  • Matt Smith

    @NorCal The NCS seeding process and any rankings work entirely differently. If I just did what the NCS seeding committee does, then what’s the point of me doing the rankings?
    Rankings are a “what have you done for me lately” thing and the most recent thing is Northgate beating Berean and Berean beating Washington.

  • Bob

    On the 23rd Northgate only lost to las lomas because many of the starters had junior prom

  • trinidad james

    hi matt. i see you. talking to my homie donald.