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Girls Volleyball: Deer Valley Tourney, Rankings, Standings

As usual, the Deer Valley Tournament was a perfect indicator of what teams to watch out for in the East Bay. But the 2013 version of the tournament was the best it had been in years.

Three of the four quarterfinals in the gold bracket went three games, the two semifinal games went 25-22 and 25-21 (in different orders) and the finals could have easily gone three. The silver division saw most games go three, and pool play saw many games go three.
This year’s tournament was incredibly competitive.
“There could have been five different teams in the finals, easily,” tournament director Lou Panzella said. “Most matches were competitive, and it doesn’t get any batter than that, but Monte Vista was a little bit better than everyone else.”
Monte Vista was better on this day, and looks like a legit title contender in both the EBAL and NCS. Carondelet was right there, though, keeping pace with MV in the finals for the most part and beating Campolindo in two to get there.
In fact, the EBAL was quite well represented as five of the six teams that were at the tournament made the gold bracket. Granada and San Ramon Valley both fell in the quarterfinals, going three with Carondelet and Palo Alto, respectively, while Cal fell to eventual champion Monte Vista.
Campolindo, which was dealing with injuries to three key players, including Kristen Sibley, looked sharp at times, but ran out of gas. This team should get better as they are very young, and will get healthy.
The team nearly everyone came away incredibly impressed with (other than MV and Carondelet) is Heritage. The Pats cruised through pool play and the crossover round, and nearly beat Campo in the gold quarter’s. They were up 1-0, and leading 24-20 in the second before Campo rallied. Heritage is going to be extremely tough this season.
Dougherty Valley won the silver bracket, and was just one upset away from possibly making a statement in the gold bracket. The Wildcats were upended by Granada in the crossover match, but went on to win Silver and went 5-1 on the day, beating Foothill twice.

Rankings

Though it may upset some Bishop O’Dowd folks, there is a new No. 1 and it’s Monte Vista. The Mustangs make the leap from No. 3 after going 7-0 for the week, including winning the DV Tourney. This team looks legit, and are No. 1 for the first time in the history of these rankings.
Carondelet makes a three-spot jump to No. 3 after making the finals at DV as this team looks dangerous with good setting, scrappy defense and solid attack options.
Campo drops to No. 4, Cal stays in the top five while SRV and AV fall in right behind them.
Heritage makes the jump to No. 8 from No. 12, and has an argument for being a top five team. However, this team will likely keep winning all season long, and while the EBAL teams beat up on each other, don’t be surprised for the Pats to make the top five sooner rather than later.
Dougherty Valley jumps into the top ten after a very solid showing at DV, while Logan debuts in the rankings at No. 15. A 3-0 win over Granada puts them ahead of the Matadors for now in the pecking order, as Berkeley, Newark and Las Lomas were other teams considered for that No. 15 spot.

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

Standings

BCL-E
Team Record GB

Athenian (0-1, 0-0) -
Bentley (2-0, 0-0) –
College Prep (1-1, 0-0) -
Head Royce (1-1, 0-0) -
Holy Names (0-1, 0-0) -
Redwood Chr. (4-3, 0-0) -
Valley Chr. (1-0, 0-0) -

BVAL
Team Record GB

Antioch (0-1, 0-0) -
Deer Valley (1-3, 0-0) -
Freedom (0-4, 0-0) -
Heritage (6-5, 0-0) -
Liberty (1-3, 0-0) -
Pittsburg (0-4, 0-0) -

DFAL
Team Record GB

Acalanes (0-1, 0-0) -
Alhambra (2-3, 0-0) -
Campolindo (3-2, 0-0) -
Dougherty Valley (7-1, 0-0) -
Dublin (0-0, 0-0) -
Las Lomas (2-4, 0-0) -
Miramonte (0-1, 0-0) -

DVAL
Team Record GB

Berean Chr. (0-2, 0-0) -
Clayton Valley (0-2, 0-0) -
College Park (3-0, 0-0) -
Concord (1-0, 0-0) -
Mt. Diablo (0-0, 0-0) -
Northgate (2-4, 0-0) -
Ygnacio Valley (0-1, 0-0) -

EBAL
Team Record GB

Amador Valley (5-2, 0-0) -
California (3-1, 0-0) -
Carondelet (5-1, 0-0) -
Foothill (4-3, 0-0) -
Granada (3-3, 0-0) -
Livermore (0-0, 0-0) -
Monte Vista (7-0, 0-0) -
San Ramon Valley (4-1, 0-0) -

MVAL
Team Record GB

American (0-0, 0-0) -
Irvington (0-0, 0-0) -
Kennedy-Fremont (3-3, 0-0) -
Logan (2-0, 0-0) -
Mission San Jose (1-1, 0-0) -
Moreau Catholic (2-1, 0-0) -
Newark Memorial (1-0, 0-0) -
Washington (0-0, 0-0) -

TCAL
Rock Division
Team Record GB

Albany (1-0, 0-0) -
El Cerrito (0-0, 0-0) -
Salesian (1-3, 0-0) -
St. Joseph Notre Dame (1-0, 0-0) -
St. Mary’s (0-1, 0-0) -
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (2-4, 0-0) -

Stone Division
Team Record GB

De Anza (0-0, 0-0) -
Hercules (0-1, 0-0) -
Kennedy-Richmond (0-1, 0-0) -
Pinole Valley (0-0, 0-0) -
Richmond (0-0, 0-0) -
Swett (0-0, 0-0) -

WACC
Foothill League
Team Record GB

Alameda (0-0, 0-0) -
Berkeley (1-0, 0-0) -
Bishop O’Dowd (2-3, 0-0) -
Castro Valley (1-5, 0-0) -
Piedmont (3-3, 0-0) -
San Leandro (0-1, 0-0) -

Shoreline League
Team Record GB

Arroyo (1-0, 0-0) -
Encinal (0-0, 0-0) -
Hayward (0-1, 0-0) -
Mt. Eden (0-2, 0-0) -
San Lorenzo (1-0, 0-0) -
Tennyson (0-0, 0-0) -

Matt Smith

  • VBwatcher

    There were a number of good teams at DV yesterday, but no great ones. Agree with Matt that Monte Vista looked better than anyone else and has to be considered the early front-runner in the East Bay. But others showed well, including a scrappy and balanced Carondelet team. Add Granada to the mix, and Heritage had Campo on the ropes. Haven’t seen O’Dowd yet, but they always show up.

    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. I’ll remian “from Missouri” (show me) about youth and injuries, as I simply think they are in an off-year and have come back to the pack.

    Looks pretty wide-open at this point.

  • ebvbfan

    Lots of exciting matches at Deer Valley on Saturday. The EBAL should be fun to watch this year. Monte Vista is clearly the team to beat, but after that a case can be made for SRV, Carondelet, Amador Valley, California and Granada. They’ll beat up on each other all year, with Foothill and Livermore looking like they’ll be fighting to stay out of the cellar. It would be nice to see these teams get away from the East Bay tournaments and travel to other tournaments to see how they stack up against the best from the CCS and Sacramento area teams.

  • Newbe

    Are there still vball forums here somewhere? Can’t seem to find them anywhere….anyone have a link?

  • Newbe

    Link to vball forums/blogs anyone?