Boys Volleyball: Leagues, Playoffs, Rankings, Standings

This week we are going to examine the league races, and look at the locks and the bubble playoff teams within each league.


League Race: Bentley and College Prep play for the league title on Tuesday. Should be an exciting match.

Playoff Locks: Bentley, College Prep

Bubble Teams: Head-Royce, Valley Christian

By my calculations, Head-Royce needs this win to be eligible, though I’m not 100 percent certain of their record within Division III.


League Race: Deer Valley has the league under firm control.

Playoff Locks: Deer Valley

Bubble Teams: Freedom, Heritage, Pittsburg

All three of these teams are at, or are right around .500 in league. Not sure if they can all get into the 12-team Division I bracket. If only one could get in, it’s Heritage, which has a better overall record and has the inside track to finish second in league.


League Race: Campolindo has this league under lock and key.

Playoff Locks: Campolindo, Dougherty Valley, Las Lomas

Bubble Teams: Acalanes

The Dons are very up and down. They are a young team with some inexperience, so this is to be expected. They look like a playoff team a lot of times, but are gonna need to pick up some wins in league play to get eligible.


League Race: College Park appears on its way to a second straight league title.

Playoff Locks: Berean Christian, College Park, Northgate

Bubble Teams: Clayton Valley, Concord

Concord needs to win one more time than it loses. Plain and simple, and they’ll be eligible. Clayton, on the other hand, its best road is Division II record. I have them at 6-6 in their division games, so winning two out of three against Mount Diablo, YV or Concord should do it.


League Race: It looks like it is setting up for that final match with Amador Valley and Foothill, but San Ramon Valley is making a late push. They are two games back, with just four to go, but crazier things have happened.

Playoff Locks: Amador Valley, Foothill, San Ramon Valley

Bubble Teams: California, De La Salle, Monte Vista

The Mustangs are in good shape with an 11-9 overall record. They do have games left with AV, FH and SRV, which will be tough, but with a pair against Granada and then the Northgate Tournament as well, this team should be okay.
It’s hard to imagine the playoffs without DLS, but that team is very young and inexperienced and still learning to compete. The playoffs might not be in the cards this year, but watch out for years to come. Same can be said about California. The Grizz need to go 3-1 in their last four league games, to make it, but if they don’t, they have a stacked team for the future.


League Race: It’s finally started to sort itself out, with Logan, MSJ and American all being within a game of each other. Every team in the league is competitive, but time is running out.

Playoff Locks: Kennedy, Logan, Moreau Catholic, Washington

Bubble Teams: American, MSJ

These teams are hovering around .500 overall and in league, but my hunch is that they will both make it and that every team in the league gets in the playoffs. Remarkable.


League Race: St. Pat’s. It’s clinched.

Playoff Locks: St. Joseph Notre Dame, St. Patrick-St. Vincent

Bubble Teams: De Anza, El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole Valley, Richmond, St. Mary’s

I am not 100 percent certain on the records of all these teams, so there could be some surprised, or the TCAL playoffs could determine if a team gets over .500.


League Race: It’s coming down to the Alameda v. Castro Valley game, and if Castro Valley wins, a one-game playoff would be needed to determine the automatic bid.

Playoff Locks: Alameda

Bubble Teams: Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, San Leandro

I only list Castro Valley as a bubble team because it’s hard for me to figure out what the committee will do if there are more than 12 eligible Division I teams. I have seven locks and counting Castro Valley, I have seven bubble teams. The bubble teams that are likely to be eligible are Heritage, Monte Vista, American and MSJ. Putting CV in there makes 12 teams. If Cal or DLS get eligible, it’s going to come down to the committee to determine who gets left out.


A little change in the top five as AV hops over Foothill for now, with SRV staying at No. 6. The three teams have all beat each other, so ranking them is hard at this point, but it makes sense to keep them in this order for now, until AV and FH play again.
Bentley jumps up another spot as its impressive season continues, Berean Christian breaks the top 10 and Monte Vista is back in the rankings.

1. Deer Valley (33-1)
2. Campolindo (28-2)
3. College Park (26-6)
4. Amador Valley (18-4)
5. Foothill (21-6)
6. San Ramon Valley (14-9)
7. Dougherty Valley (17-10)
8. Bentley (19-3)
9. Logan (16-7)
10. Berean Christian (16-8)
11. Mission San Jose (12-8)
12. American (11-11)
13. Kennedy (21-8)
14. Moreau Catholic (20-5)
15. Monte Vista (11-9)


Team W-L GB

Bentley (19-3, 6-1) –
College Prep (6-2, 6-1) –
Head-Royce (6-5, 3-4) 3
Valley Chr. (3-4, 3-4) 3
Redwood Chr. (0-15, 0-8) 6.5

Team W-L GB

Deer Valley (33-1, 6-0) –
Heritage (12-16, 4-2) 2
Freedom (3-16, 3-3) 3
Pittsburg (4-8, 3-3) 3
Liberty (2-9, 2-4) 4
Antioch (0-21, 0-6) 6

Team W-L GB

Campolindo (28-2, 6-0) –
Dougherty Valley (17-10, 4-2) 2
Las Lomas (12-10, 4-2) 2
Acalanes (6-8, 2-3) 3.5
Miramonte (1-7, 1-4) 4.5
Alhambra (0-14, 0-6) 6

Team W-L GB

College Park (26-6, 9-0) –
Northgate (12-7, 7-1) 1.5
Berean Christian (17-8, 6-3) 3
Clayton Valley (9-16, 3-5) 5.5
Concord (9-9, 3-5) 5.5
Ygnacio Valley (2-8, 2-7) 7
Mount Diablo (0-9, 0-9) 9

Team W-L GB

Foothill (21-6, 9-1) –
Amador Valley (18-4, 9-1) –
San Ramon Valley (14-9, 7-3) 2
California (9-17, 5-5) 4
De La Salle (6-10, 4-6) 5
Monte Vista (11-9, 4-5) 4.5
Granada (1-12, 1-8) 7.5
Livermore (8-16, 0-10) 9.5

Team W-L GB

Logan (16-7, 5-1) –
American (11-11, 4-2) 1
Mission San Jose (12-8, 4-2) 1
Moreau Catholic (21-7, 2-4) 3
Washington (13-15, 2-4) 3
Kennedy (21-8, 1-5) 4

Team W-L GB

St. Patrick-St. Vincent (24-2, 16-0) –
St. Joseph Notre Dame (14-12, 13-3) 3
Richmond (10-8, 9-7) 7
De Anza (10-12, 8-8) 8
St. Mary’s (7-9, 7-9) 9
El Cerrito (6-10, 6-10) 10
Hercules (6-13, 6-10) 10
Pinole Valley (6-11, 6-10) 10
Salesian (1-17, 1-15) 15

Team W-L GB

Alameda (16-7, 9-0) –
Castro Valley (11-6, 8-1) 1
Encinal (8-5, 5-3) 3.5
Berkeley (5-5, 5-5) 4.5
San Leandro (8-10, 3-5) 5.5
Arroyo (1-8, 1-7) 7.5
Tennyson (0-12, 0-10) 9.5

Matt Smith

  • m

    I believe San Leandro and Encinal are elimnated?

  • Norc

    @ matt
    What’s the rationale behind a team being a playoff lock? Is it based on record?

  • Matt Smith

    @M You could be right about SL, but I think Encinal is still in the hunt.

    @Norc It’s based on record, and the wins they’ve had and the schedule they’ve played. A combination of all those factors.

  • Norc

    i see, so are the playoff locks definitive or speculated?

  • Matt Smith

    @Norc They are just speculation on my part, but usually when I call a team a lock, they get in. It’s basically something you can count on, but not a 100 percent sure thing.

  • True

    It is not hard to figure out who is in and not? If you are over .500 overall, within your league, or against your division, you are in. With Boys Volleyball, there are more spots open for NCS than teams that are qualified to participate. If you want to play in the NCS, just schedule easy matches if your team is not good so you get more wins. When they get in, it will be a waste of a trip to their opponent gym. The different between the #1 seed vs #12 is day and night. I would not waste my money to watch these matches.

  • ebvbfan

    AV still to play Foothill and SRV still to play AV, can make for a tight finish and still affect the seeding for NCS. Monte Vista I heard had to forfeit to Granada. That could be a huge loss if they are right around .500.

    On another note, at the California tournament almost all the teams looked inconsistent, even Deer Valley. Lowell looked awesome at times and horrible against Livermore, although that may be due a little to Livermore playing well. Maybe there is a possibility of some upsets in NCS. And Matt, with your bubble teams listed in DI, couldn’t the NCS have 14 teams in the Division I bracket and only have the top two seeds with byes?

  • MVALfan

    Ebvbfan: NCS rule is no more than 12 teams per division. The rest simply don’t make the cut even though they may have been eligible by win record.

    True: The win record can be not only in your league, or against others in your division, but overall as well. Three different cases.

    BTW, based on past seasons, it doesn’t appear the NCS committee cares about the stories behind a win or loss, e.g. key player out injured, prom or junior prom, anything else. All that appears to count is the win-loss record (as it should) and head-to-heads. This season will be interesting because there are so many conflicting results between teams. Like A beat B, B beat C, C beat A. Or A beat B but some common team beat A but lost to B.

  • Matt Smith

    @Ebvbfan The reason they won’t go 14 team is because it is only a 12-team bracket, and I doubt they’ll open it up to 16 teams for boys volleyball, because there simply aren’t enough teams.

    As far as MV/Granada goes, I was told that the teams havent’ found a date that works yet to make up their game, but no forfeit has taken place.

  • VBFan

    Last nights game against American HS and Mission San Jose was the one to watch. Both teams did a fantastic job, but the the Eagles took the Warriors in a game of 3. I was shocked to see how good the eagles played! I remember watching that same exact game last year at Mission. The new direction that the eagles are taking is truly working out for them! Can’t wait to see more!

  • Matt Smith

    Does anyone know how American and Moreau did on Thursday? Nobody seems to want to give me that result.

  • Dave

    Matt, Moreau in 5. They dominated the fifth set.

  • Matt Smith

    @Dave Thanks a lot!