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Boys Volleyball: High Stock, Rankings, Standings

With the regular season about a month away from being over, who are some of the team who’s stock is high heading into the post-season and into next year?

Mission San Jose
The Warriors are playing great volleyball right now. The timing in the middle is getting better and better, they are getting the ball to the pins with better accuracy and frequency and all five hitters look confident. A team gaining confidence at the right time, is going to be dangerous.

Washington
This is now my darkhorse team to compete with Campolindo in the Division II playoffs. Three very good hitters, one of the better libero’s I’ve seen and a lot of heart and fight. This team has a swagger and actually looks like it believes it can win. Wouldn’t be surprised to see them make a push for the MVAL title in what looks like a four or five team race.

California
This is a team to watch out for going into next year. Only losing one player from a very young and talented team. This team has five freshman, a lot of height already and as soon as this team gets a little bit more experience, they’re gonna be incredible. They already look like they are starting to figure it out. Other Division I teams should be thankful that a slow start might keep them out of the playoffs, because this team is getting better and would be a force in the post-season.
As it stands now, 2014 will be a good year, and 2015-2016 could be NCS title seasons.

Bentley
Have yet to see this team, but I’m buying. They are very, very big and motivated. Playing in a league with four teams (including them) that should be in the Division III playoffs, it’s all the more impressive the way they are playing. The league title should come down to the final game of the year against College Prep, which would be the first in the school’s history.

Other teams to watch out for: Valley Christian, Dougherty Valley, Las Lomas, Northgate, Berean Christian, Moreau Catholic, Amador Valley.

Rankings

Mission San Jose shoots into the top five. This team is playing incredible volleyball right now, and have seemed to figure it out. They are handling the ball much better, they are spreading the ball around and look incredibly confident.
A few teams simply drop down a spot to make room for MSJ in the top five, while Washington debuts in the rankings. I am very impressed with the Huskies and expect them to climb up in the rankings even more. A win over Drake or a second win over Foothill would have likely landed them in the top ten. Both nearly happened.

1. Deer Valley (20-1)
2. Campolindo (19-1)
3. College Park (16-2)
4. Amador Valley (15-3)
5. Mission San Jose (8-4)
6. Foothill (15-4)
7. De La Salle (6-6)
8. Dougherty Valley (11-7)
9. San Ramon Valley (5-6)
10. Logan (10-5)
11. Bentley (15-3)
12. Monte Vista (7-5)
13. Moreau Catholic (16-3)
14. Washington (11-9)
15. Northgate (10-6)

Standings

BCL-E
Team W-L GB

College Prep (6-2, 6-1) –
Bentley (15-3, 4-1) 1
Valley Chr. (3-3, 3-3) 2.5
Head-Royce (5-5, 2-4) 3.5
Redwood Chr. (0-11, 0-6) 5.5

BVAL
Team W-L GB

Deer Valley (20-1, 2-0) –
Heritage (6-10, 2-0) –
Freedom (1-14, 1-1) 1
Pittsburg (2-6, 1-1) 1
Antioch (0-17, 0-2) 2
Liberty (0-6, 0-2) 2

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 (8-6, 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 (15-4, 6-0) –
De La Salle (6-6, 4-2) 2
Monte Vista (7-5, 2-3) 3.5
San Ramon Valley (5-6, 2-3) 3.5
California (6-13, 2-4) 4
Granada (0-5, 0-5) 5.5
Livermore (5-10, 0-5) 5.5

MVAL
Team W-L GB

Mission San Jose (8-4, 2-0) –
American (8-10, 1-1) 1
Logan (10-5, 1-1) 1
Moreau Catholic (16-3, 1-1) 1
Washington (11-9, 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