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Girls Volleyball: Teams, Tournaments, Rankings, Standings

The usual suspects, such as Campolindo, Bishop O’Dowd and a handful of East Bay Athletic League teams are going to be very good once again. However, there are a few other teams in the area to keep an eye on.

Starting off with an EBAL team, one that has maybe fallen under the radar a bit the last year, and that is the Carondelet Cougars. The Cougars return nearly every player from last year’s squad, and this was a team last year that was on the cusp. They lost a lot of close games in EBAL play and were a team nobody wanted to face. That will be even more so this year.
Also, look for a possible changing of the guard in Division V this year. Head-Royce, which was one of the top teams in the bracket last year, had three incredible freshman who are now a year older. This team could unseat Branson from its top spot.
Lastly, I think keeping an eye on Heritage would be a smart move. Last season, Heritage gave Amador Valley a fight in the NCS playoffs and did so because they could keep up with the speed of an EBAL team. They play fast, they have no fear and return some key pieces from last season.

Tournaments

Here is a list of the tournaments in the area, which will make it possible for volleyball fans to see several teams in action and get a feel for the teams to watch.

Sep. 7- Deer Valley
Sep. 7- San Lorenzo
Sep. 7- NorCal #1
Sep. 14- Alameda
Sep. 14- Albany
Sep. 21- NorCal #2
Sep. 28- Concord
Oct. 12- Dougherty Valley
Oct. 12- NorCal #3
Oct. 26- Northgate

Rankings

The first rankings of the year are released, and there are some familiar names at the top. The Campolindo Cougars nearly won a state title last year, and despite losing two of the top players in the area in Annie Shurtz and Sophie Seiberth, they return a ton of talent and could be even better this year. Bishop O’Dowd also returns a large portion of last year’s NCS runner-up and NorCal playoff team.
The EBAL was a hard one for me to rank. Each team lost some big senior leadership, but those teams often don’t have a problem loading back up. Monte Vista is the team that stands out to me, while Cal has a bunch of veteran leaders back, despite the loss of Sabrina Clayton.
AV has some big hitters back, Carondelet is the team that returns nearly everyone while SRV and Foothill are going to need players that were young or inexperienced last year to step up early.
A couple of smaller schools round out the top ten as Head-Royce and Moreau Catholic both have a bunch of talent returning.
Teams 11-15 are ones we are familiar with as far as usually being ranked, but all are making adjustments after losing key players. Heritage is the team that stands out here, as they return more varsity experience than the rest of this group.

1. Campolindo (0-0)
2. Bishop O’Dowd (0-0)
3. Monte Vista (0-0)
4. California (0-0)
5. Amador Valley (0-0)
6. Carondelet (0-0)
7. San Ramon Valley (0-0)
8. Foothill (0-0)
9. Head-Royce (0-0)
10. Moreau Catholic (0-0)
11. Las Lomas (0-0)
12. Heritage (0-0)
13. Northgate (0-0)
14. Albany (0-0)
15. Dougherty Valley (0-0)

Standings

BCL-E
Team Record GB

Athenian (0-0, 0-0) -
Bentley (1-0, 0-0) –
College Prep (0-0, 0-0) -
Head Royce (0-0, 0-0) -
Holy Names (0-0, 0-0) -
Redwood Chr. (1-0, 0-0) -
Valley Chr. (0-0, 0-0) -

BVAL
Team Record GB

Antioch (0-0, 0-0) -
Deer Valley (0-0, 0-0) -
Freedom (0-0, 0-0) -
Heritage (0-0, 0-0) -
Liberty (0-0, 0-0) -
Pittsburg (0-0, 0-0) -

DFAL
Team Record GB

Acalanes (0-0, 0-0) -
Alhambra (0-0, 0-0) -
Campolindo (0-0, 0-0) -
Dougherty Valley (0-0, 0-0) -
Dublin (0-0, 0-0) -
Las Lomas (0-0, 0-0) -
Miramonte (0-0, 0-0) -

DVAL
Team Record GB

Berean Chr. (0-0, 0-0) -
Clayton Valley (0-0, 0-0) -
College Park (0-0, 0-0) -
Concord (0-0, 0-0) -
Mt. Diablo (0-0, 0-0) -
Northgate (0-0, 0-0) -
Ygnacio Valley (0-0, 0-0) -

EBAL
Team Record GB

Amador Valley (1-0, 0-0) -
California (0-0, 0-0) -
Carondelet (0-0, 0-0) -
Foothill (0-0, 0-0) -
Granada (0-0, 0-0) -
Livermore (0-0, 0-0) -
Monte Vista (0-0, 0-0) -
San Ramon Valley (0-0, 0-0) -

MVAL
Team Record GB

American (0-0, 0-0) -
Irvington (0-0, 0-0) -
Kennedy-Fremont (0-0, 0-0) -
Logan (0-0, 0-0) -
Mission San Jose (0-0, 0-0) -
Moreau Catholic (0-1, 0-0) -
Newark Memorial (0-0, 0-0) -
Washington (0-0, 0-0) -

TCAL
Rock Division
Team Record GB

Albany (0-0, 0-0) -
El Cerrito (0-0, 0-0) -
Salesian (0-0, 0-0) -
St. Joseph Notre Dame (0-0, 0-0) -
St. Mary’s (0-0, 0-0) -
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (0-0, 0-0) -

Stone Division
Team Record GB

De Anza (0-0, 0-0) -
Hercules (0-0, 0-0) -
Kennedy-Richmond (0-0, 0-0) -
Pinole Valley (0-0, 0-0) -
Richmond (0-0, 0-0) -
Swett (0-0, 0-0) -

WACC
Foothill League
Team Record GB

Berkeley (0-0, 0-0) -
Bishop O’Dowd (0-0, 0-0) -
Castro Valley (0-0, 0-0) -
Alameda (0-0, 0-0) -
Piedmont (0-0, 0-0) -
San Leandro (0-0, 0-0) -

Shoreline League
Team Record GB

Arroyo (0-0, 0-0) -
Encinal (0-0, 0-0) -
Hayward (0-0, 0-0) -
Mt. Eden (0-0, 0-0) -
San Lorenzo (0-0, 0-0) -
Tennyson (0-0, 0-0) -

Matt Smith

  • VBwatcher

    Campo graduated something like nine seniors last year, and I think had only one junior on the roster. Granted they had an amazing season in getting to State final, but you have to believe that losing their best hitter (Player of Year Shurtz) and a four-year starter at setter (Seiberth) there will be a dropoff in the two most important spots on the floor. Not to mention missing all the senior leadership. Hard to imagine they can replace all that and still be best team in East Bay with a roster of juniors, sophs and frosh.

  • DFALFAN07

    Have to disagree with VBWatcher and go with Matt. Campo has best coaches going (did you see what they did with the boys team last year?) and they simply reload with talent. They’ll have two outsides as good as anyone in East Bay. Karseboom ay BOD is right there too, but I don’t think she’s got anyone else on BOD with her as good as the Sibley and Wirth duo. I’d also keep an eye on Monte Vista and Cal High. IMO Matt has top four right as the season starts, and a little hard to call after that. That’s why they play the matches.

  • ebvbfan

    The Deer Valley Jamboree is today and could provide a glimpse of which teams look strong, have some new players stepping up, or some surprise teams and players to keep an eye on. If anyone was there and has some insight please share.

  • True

    Who went to DV jamb. How are the teams?

  • MoellerMan

    At the Deer Valley Jamboree Campolindo was the only team that stood out. While all teams were trying many different line ups and giving time to players that may rarely see the court in the regular season, Campo looked good no matter who was playing, including their two freshman.

  • Matt Smith

    Campo did graduate a lot, but I don’t think people realize the talent they return and the talent that was waiting in the wings. We’ll find out at DV this weekend, but I think people should be ready to come away impressed.

  • http://EasyBayPrepCorner VB Freak

    Any results from the Spikefest tournament?

  • idig

    Let’s calm down on Campo…….was at the Deer Valley Tournament today, there were several teams that looked just as good, in fact there were several teams on even terms. Lots of close matches, Monte Vista won it and did look a little better than the other teams. California, Carondalet, SRV, Heritage, Palo Alto all looked just as good as Campo

  • VBwatcher

    Idig is right. There were a number of good teams at DV yesterday, but no great ones. Campo went 3-2 in matches (and I think 7-6 in sets) and was lucky to get out of their pool in one piece. Their one really good player will be lucky to raise her poor right arm above her head today as she swung more than the rest of the team combined. Monte Vista looked better than anyone else and has to be considered the early front-runner in the East Bay. But others as Idig mentions also showed well, including a scrappy and balanced Carondolet team. Add Granada to the mix too. Haven’t heard anything about O’Dowd yet, but they always show up. Looks pretty wide-open at this point.