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Girls Volleyball: Clayton Valley, Rankings, Standings

As expected, and as usual, the East Bay Athletic League will be a season-long battle where a number of teams will be in the running for the league title. This is to be expected.
However, there is another league that may be a little more compelling. Not just because a number of teams will be competing for the league title, which there will be, but because it is a league where there is a lot of new blood.
That league is the DVAL, and one of those teams that will be in the mix is Clayton Valley Charter.

“We are working towards winning the DVAL this year,” Clayton Valley coach Dave Hobson said. “The girls work hard in practice every day with that goal in mind.”
This week will go a long way in determining the race as the Eagles play at College Park on Tuesday and at home against Concord on Thursday.
Concord also enters the week at 2-0 in league, and College Park is 1-1 with its loss coming in five games against Northgate. And let’s not forget about perennial champ Northgate, who is 1-0 and looks to be in the mix again this year.
These four teams all look as if they could easily win this league, and what makes the league so compelling is that three of them haven’t been in a fight at the top since the league formed.
What makes Clayton Valley so dangerous is that they are very, very good in the middle of the court, starting at the net and moving back to the base line.
They have perhaps the league’s best middle in Kayla Taylor, who was first team All-DVAL last year and leads the team in kills and blocks this year. They also have Hailey Pascoe, who moved from the outside to the middle with Taylor, and is playing incredible volleyball.
Sophomore libero Jessica Stratton, who was second team All-DVAL last year as a freshman as an outside hitter, is leading the team in aces and digs, while junior Sarah Williams made the switch to setter this year and already broke the school record for assists in a game.
“We had some position changes, and didn’t know what to expect since chemistry is so important,” Hobson said. “The girls haven’t missed a beat, and adjusted to playing their new positions almost immediately. The girls get along so well on and off the court.”

Rankings

The top seven does not change, but there are a few changes after that.
St. Joseph Notre Dame’s impressive season continues as it moves up to No. 8, while Amador Valley has bounced back nicely and gets back into the top 10.
Newark Memorial and Piedmont make their debuts in the rankings. Newark Memorial went 5-1 at the Davis Tournament, while Piedmont has a win over College Prep, who beat Head-Royce, while the Highlanders gave Bishop O’Dowd a fight in a recent league match.

1. Monte Vista (13-2)
2. Bishop O’Dowd (5-3)
3. Carondelet (7-1)
4. California (6-1)
5. Campolindo (5-4)
6. Heritage (9-5)
7. San Ramon Valley (5-2)
8. St. Joseph Notre Dame (13-0)
9. Amador Valley (8-3)
10. Moreau Catholic (9-2)
11. Dougherty Valley (9-3)
12. Foothill (7-4)
13. Albany (5-2)
14. Newark Memorial (8-1)
15. Piedmont (8-6)

Standings

BCL-E
Team Record GB

College Prep (5-4, 3-0) -
Valley Chr. (4-5, 2-1) 1
Athenian (1-3, 1-0) 1
Holy Names (1-1, 1-0) 1
Head Royce (9-5, 1-1) 1.5
Bentley (2-4, 0-2) 2.5
Redwood Chr. (5-8, 0-4) 3.5

BVAL
Team Record GB

Antioch (2-1, 0-0) -
Deer Valley (1-6, 0-0) -
Freedom (3-8, 0-0) -
Heritage (9-5, 0-0) -
Liberty (2-6, 0-0) -
Pittsburg (0-6, 0-0) -

DFAL
Team Record GB

Acalanes (2-4, 0-0) -
Alhambra (3-5, 0-0) -
Campolindo (5-4, 0-0) -
Dougherty Valley (9-3, 0-0) -
Dublin (10-4, 0-0) -
Las Lomas (4-5, 0-0) -
Miramonte (2-5, 0-0) -

DVAL
Team Record GB

Clayton Valley (7-5, 2-0) -
Concord (8-3, 2-0) -
Northgate (3-7, 1-0) .5
College Park (9-4, 1-1) 1
Ygnacio Valley (1-4, 1-2) 1.5
Berean Chr. (2-8, 0-2) 2
Mt. Diablo (0-3, 0-2) 2

EBAL
Team Record GB

Amador Valley (8-3, 0-0) -
California (6-1, 0-0) -
Carondelet (7-1, 0-0) -
Foothill (7-4, 0-0) -
Granada (4-6, 0-0) -
Livermore (4-5, 0-0) -
Monte Vista (13-2, 0-0) -
San Ramon Valley (5-2, 0-0) -

MVAL
Team Record GB

American (3-2, 0-0) -
Irvington (2-0, 0-0) -
Kennedy-Fremont (6-4, 0-0) -
Logan (3-1, 0-0) -
Mission San Jose (2-2, 0-0) -
Moreau Catholic (9-2, 0-0) -
Newark Memorial (8-1, 0-0) -
Washington (2-5, 0-0) -

TCAL
Rock Division
Team Record GB

Albany (5-2, 0-0) -
El Cerrito (0-0, 0-0) -
Salesian (2-3, 0-0) -
St. Joseph Notre Dame (13-0, 0-0) -
St. Mary’s (3-3, 0-0) -
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (8-7, 0-0) -

Stone Division
Team Record GB

De Anza (0-0, 0-0) -
Hercules (1-5, 0-0) -
Kennedy-Richmond (0-1, 0-0) -
Pinole Valley (0-2, 0-0) -
Richmond (0-1, 0-0) -
Swett (0-0, 0-0) -

WACC
Foothill League
Team Record GB

Berkeley (3-4, 2-0) -
Bishop O’Dowd (5-3, 2-0) -
Castro Valley (3-5, 2-0) -
Piedmont (8-6, 1-1) 1
San Leandro (3-3, 1-1) 1
Alameda (2-7, 0-2) 2

Shoreline League
Team Record GB

Encinal (1-1, 1-0) -
Arroyo (2-3, 1-1) .5
San Lorenzo (6-7, 1-1) .5
Mt. Eden (1-5, 0-1) 1
Hayward (0-4, 0-2) 1.5
Tennyson (0-3, 0-2) 1.5

Matt Smith