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Boys Volleyball: NCS semifinals, Rankings, Standings

The NCS semifinals are already here. Hard to believe.

Division I

No. 1 Deer Valley v. No. 4 Foothill; No. 2 College Park v. No. 3 Amador Valley

Only once in the last 10 years has a non-EBAL team won the Division I title, and an EBAL team has been in the final in all those seasons. The last non-EBAL team to win it was College Park in 2008.
This could be the year there is no EBAL team in the final as, at least on paper, Deer Valley and College Park are the favorites. However, those teams will tell you that a place in the finals is not assured.
Both have tough tasks as the Wolverines will look to take down a Foothill team that was won four titles in seven years, that has an outstanding hitter, setter and incredible ball control.
In the other semifinal, the two teams are very similar, and have not played each other this year. Expect this to go five games. The team who serves tougher and makes passes will win, because both teams have good setting and hitting.

Division II

No. 1 Campolindo v. No. 4 Kennedy; No. 2 Washington v. No. 3 Northgate

Great to see Washington in an NCS semifinal. A program that has always been solid is one win away from at least playing in the NorCal playoffs. Northgate, after a year of rebuilding, is back among the elite teams in Division II. The only history the two teams have this year, and why the Huskies were seeded ahead of the Broncos, is an early season win at the Deer Valley Tournament. This one has five games written all over it.
Meanwhile, the Titans have the task of attempting to slay the dragon. Kennedy looked very good at times against Alameda, and at those moments they looked as if they could compete with Campolindo. To do so, they have to maintain consistency and not have any lapses. The Cougars are looking for a third straight title, and probably have their best team in those three years, so they’ll be tough to beat.

Division III

No. 1 St. Patrick-St. Vincent v. No. 4 Bentley; No. 2 Drake v. No. 3 Moreau Catholic

The Mariners may have had a claim to the No. 2 seed, beating MSJ while Drake lost to MSJ. However way you slice it, they now have a chance to prove they are one of the two best teams in Division III, and are looking to get to their first NCS final since 2008.
Bentley’s toughest challenge of the season is ahead of them, playing a team that would easily be ranked in the top five, perhaps the top three, if they were technically in the East Bay. St. Pat’s brings talent, coaching and playoff experience and Bentley will have to limit the mistakes and get a big game from Mr. Sprague.

Rankings

Just a couple of changes as Moreau Catholic jumps into the top ten, while De La Salle moves up to No. 12, to end the season.

1. Deer Valley (38-1)
2. Campolindo (37-2)
3. College Park (30-6)
4. Amador Valley (26-7)
5. Foothill (24-8)
6. San Ramon Valley (18-12)
7. Dougherty Valley (25-12)
8. Logan (20-9)
9. Bentley (22-4)
10. Moreau Catholic (24-8)
11. Berean Christian (22-9)
12. De La Salle (14-12)
13. American (14-13)
14. Monte Vista (17-15)
15. Mission San Jose (13-12)

Standings

BCL-E
Team W-L GB

College Prep (8-4, 7-1) –
Bentley (22-4, 6-2) 1
Valley Chr. (4-4, 4-4) 3
Head-Royce (8-10, 3-5) 4
Redwood Chr. (0-15, 0-8) 7

BVAL
Team W-L GB

Deer Valley (38-1, 10-0) –
Heritage (15-17, 7-3) 3
Pittsburg (7-9, 6-4) 4
Liberty (4-11, 4-6) 6
Freedom (3-20, 3-7) 7
Antioch (0-25, 0-10) 10

DFAL
Team W-L GB

Campolindo (37-2, 10-0) –
Dougherty Valley (25-12, 8-2) 2
Acalanes (10-13, 5-5) 5
Las Lomas (16-16, 5-5) 5
Alhambra (2-21, 1-9) 9
Miramonte (1-13, 1-9) 9

DVAL
Team W-L GB

College Park (30-6, 12-0) –
Berean Christian (22-9, 9-3) 3
Northgate (16-12, 9-3) 3
Clayton Valley (15-21, 6-6) 6
Concord (11-17, 4-8) 8
Ygnacio Valley (2-11, 2-10) 10
Mount Diablo (0-12, 0-12) 12

EBAL
Team W-L GB

Amador Valley (26-7, 13-1) –
Foothill (24-8, 11-3) 2
San Ramon Valley (18-12, 9-5) 4
De La Salle (14-12, 8-6) 5
California (13-19, 7-7) 6
Monte Vista (17-15, 6-8) 7
Granada (2-17, 1-13) 12
Livermore (9-19, 1-13) 12

MVAL
Team W-L GB

Logan (20-9, 8-2) –
American (14-13, 7-3) 1
Mission San Jose (13-12, 5-5) 3
Moreau Catholic (24-8, 5-5) 3
Washington (16-17, 4-6) 4
Kennedy (22-12, 1-9) 7

TCAL
Team W-L GB

St. Patrick-St. Vincent (33-2, 16-0) –
St. Joseph Notre Dame (14-14, 13-3) 3
De Anza (12-12, 9-7) 7
St. Mary’s (8-9, 8-8) 8
Richmond (8-10, 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 (19-8, 12-0) –
Castro Valley (12-9, 9-3) 3
San Leandro (11-12, 7-5) 5
Berkeley (6-6, 6-6) 6
Encinal (8-9, 5-7) 7
Arroyo (3-11, 3-9) 9
Tennyson (0-14, 0-12) 12

Matt Smith