Boys Volleyball: Playoff Picture, Rankings, Standings

Time to look at the East Bay teams who are in position to make the NCS playoffs.

Division I

Locks: Amador Valley, College Park, Deer Valley, Dougherty Valley, Foothill, Logan

On the Bubble: American, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Heritage, Mission San Jose, Monte Vista, San Leandro, San Ramon Valley

With six teams pretty much assured a berth at this point, there are only six spots left meaning some good teams are going to get left out. MSJ and SRV are in the best shape, and American is right there but has to make sure and qualify first. If they do, they’ll get in.
Castro Valley is in great shape because of their league record and are ready to pounce on a spot. Monte Vista needs to pick up a few more wins for their overall record, but their strength of schedule gets them in if they qualify.
I need more information on Berkeley and San Leandro, because I’m not sure of their overall record.

Division II

Locks: Alameda, Campolindo, Kennedy, Las Lomas, Northgate, Washington

On the Bubble: Acalanes, Clayton Valley, Concord, El Cerrito, Encinal, Richmond

Las Lomas and Northgate should be fine with their overall records so I’ll consider them locks right now, and Washington is 6-1 against Division II opponents, so they are definitely in.

The five bubble teams are all floating around .500 in league or overall, and the edge would go to Clayton Valley and Concord to get in as long as they qualify.

Division III

Locks: Bentley, Berean Christian, College Prep, Moreau Catholic, St. Pat’s

On the Bubble: De Anza, Head-Royce, St. Joe’s, Valley Christian

College Prep looks safe with a 6-1 league record, and the other four teams are definitely in and along with Drake, are teams that could make a deep run in the playoffs

As long as they qualify, it would be hard to keep out Head-Royce and Valley Christian as those two teams have shown they are very solid.


Most years, with boys volleyball, the rankings change very little as the same 8-12 teams win most of their matches, and the bottom of the rankings sees teams go in and out. This year, not so much.
This year, the rankings have been a challenge, more than any year before, because other than the top few teams, nobody seems to be safe.
The biggest question this week was what to do with Mission San Jose. Coming off such a great showing at the Foothill Tournament and a solid couple of weeks, they drop five spots. Couldn’t take them all the way out, though. Same for De La Salle, couldn’t drop them all the way out, but they fall substantially.
Berean Christian is on the rise and playing really good volleyball, jumping back in at No. 12, while the MVAL is very hard to rank, and changes week to week, as this week it will be Kennedy, American and Moreau Catholic bringing up the bottom of the rankings. American had a nice win over Moreau, while Kennedy beat MSJ in league and Moreau at the NorCal Tournament.

1. Deer Valley (26-1)
2. Campolindo (26-2)
3. College Park (24-6)
4. Foothill (20-5)
5. Amador Valley (16-4)
6. San Ramon Valley (9-8)
7. Dougherty Valley (12-7)
8. Logan (12-5)
9. Bentley (17-3)
10. Mission San Jose (8-6)
11. De La Salle (6-8)
12. Berean Christian (15-7)
13. Kennedy (21-6)
14. American (9-11)
15. Moreau Catholic (20-5)


Team W-L GB

College Prep (6-2, 6-1) –
Bentley (17-3, 5-1) .5
Head-Royce (6-5, 3-4) 3
Valley Chr. (3-4, 3-4) 3
Redwood Chr. (0-13, 0-7) 6

Team W-L GB

Deer Valley (26-1, 4-0) –
Heritage (8-12, 3-1) 1
Freedom (2-15, 2-2) 2
Pittsburg (3-7, 2-2) 2
Liberty (1-7, 1-3) 3
Antioch (0-19, 0-4) 4

Team W-L GB

Campolindo (26-2, 4-0) –
Dougherty Valley (12-7, 2-1) 1.5
Las Lomas (9-6, 2-1) 1.5
Acalanes (6-7, 2-2) 2
Alhambra (0-11, 0-3) 3.5
Miramonte (0-3, 0-3) 3.5

Team W-L GB

College Park (24-6, 7-0) –
Northgate (11-7, 6-1) 1
Berean Christian (15-7, 4-3) 3
Clayton Valley (9-15, 3-4) 4
Concord (9-7, 3-4) 4
Ygnacio Valley (1-6, 1-5) 5.5
Mount Diablo (0-7, 0-7) 7

Team W-L GB

Foothill (20-5, 8-0) –
Amador Valley (16-4, 7-1) 1
San Ramon Valley (9-8, 4-3) 3.5
California (8-13, 4-4) 4
De La Salle (6-8, 4-4) 4
Monte Vista (9-9, 2-5) 5.5
Granada (1-6, 1-6) 6.5
Livermore (5-12, 0-7) 7.5

Team W-L GB

Logan (12-5, 3-1) –
American (9-11, 2-2) 1
Mission San Jose (8-6, 2-2) 1
Moreau Catholic (20-5, 2-2) 1
Washington (13-13, 2-2) 1
Kennedy (21-6, 1-3) 2

Team W-L GB

St. Patrick-St. Vincent (20-2, 12-0) –
St. Joseph Notre Dame (6-12, 5-2) 4.5
De Anza (4-3, 4-3) 5.5
Richmond (5-5, 4-4) 6
El Cerrito (3-5, 3-5) 7
Pinole Valley (4-7, 4-6) 7
St. Mary’s (4-6, 4-6) 7
Hercules (2-10, 2-7) 8.5
Salesian (1-12, 1-8) 9.5

Team W-L GB

Alameda (13-4, 7-0) –
Castro Valley (8-5, 6-1) 1
Berkeley (5-3, 5-3) 2.5
Encinal (5-5, 3-3) 4.5
San Leandro (6-7, 2-4) 4.5
Arroyo (1-6, 1-5) 5.5
Tennyson (0-10, 0-8) 7.5

Matt Smith

  • Lumberjack

    For D-2, Acalanes Dons should also be in the mix to make this bracket.

    Bottom line…D-1 playoffs will be fun to watch this year. There are so many contenders with no clear favorite this year.

  • Matt Smith

    Did I not mention Acalanes? I thought I did. Well, they are in the running for sure.

  • Norc

    I’ve watched some of the MVAL matches recently, MSJ definitely has been in a slump, looking very sluggish in the past 2 matches. The word is they’re missing a key outside which puts a big dent in their options. The next few matches will probably determine whether they get bounced out of the rankings or shoot up. Kennedy and Logan seem to be riding on momentum right now, not the most fundamental teams, but very scrappy. I have a hard time putting money on these types of teams to win, but i’ll give them the chance to prove me wrong.
    MVAL is definitely on the rise, no clear cut favorite, but assuming they’re able to get out of the slump, I would still put my bet on MSJ to win the league.

  • Matt Smith

    @Norc You are right, the MVAL is on the rise and is very interesting.
    I know tonight American edged Washington in five and Logan beat Kennedy in five.

  • Norc

    I also believe MSJ edged Moreau in 5

  • fan

    I wonder who will get the #1 seed in division 1, cp because they beat deer valley or deer valley because they beat campo. does ncs look at primarily head to head ?

  • Matt Smith

    NCS will look at head-to-head as well as common opponents. I’m sure on their NCS application, DV will mention they were without arguably the best player in the area when they played CP. I think it will be a tough call, but the common opponent win over Campo might be enough for DV to get the top seed.

  • Matt Smith

    Any other MVAL or EBAL scores from last night?

    I see Logan beat Moreau in five.
    I watched MV beat DLS in four, and saw that SRV beat FH in five.

  • ebvbfan

    Hugely exciting match between Foothill and SRV. Every set was close, no big leads throughout the night. Cory Frederickson was on fire most of the match. The two middles for SRV, both new to volleyball this year, Josh Miner and Michael Wollan are improving. Miner was moved to Opposite in the 4th set to help with blocking and that changed things. Grant Batstubner hit well all night but really stepped it up in set 5 and Grant Hawkins was amazing with 35 digs.