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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.

BCL-E

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.

BVAL

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.

DFAL

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.

DVAL

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.

EBAL

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.

MVAL

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.

TCAL

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.

WACC

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.

Rankings

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)

Standings

BCL-E
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

BVAL
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

DFAL
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

DVAL
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

EBAL
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

MVAL
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

TCAL
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

WACC
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