Girls Volleyball: Playoffs, Rankings, Standings

The last week of the regular season as some teams are safely in, and others are trying to stay or get eligible for the playoffs.
And as we all know by now, the NCS rule for being eligible has been changed to being at least .500 in one of the three categories, not being a game over.

Division I

Locks: Amador Valley, Berkeley, California, Castro Valley, Deer Valley, Dougherty Valley, Foothill, Heritage, Irvington, Liberty, Logan, Monte Vista, San Ramon Valley

Likely In: San Leandro

On The Bubble: N/A

Even with a couple of losses, Foothill and Amador Valley are safely in. Same can be said for Liberty as all three of those teams can finish .500 in a category. The only team I am not sure about is San Leandro, because I am not completely certain on all their results.

Division II

Locks: Carondelet, Clayton Valley, College Park, Concord, Dublin, Las Lomas, Maria Carrillo, Montgomery, Mt. Eden, Newark Memorial, Northgate, Redwood, Washington

Likely In: Arroyo, Windsor

On The Bubble: Casa Grande

Washington moves into the locked category, because they are going to safely be a .500 team. Arroyo stays as a likely in, because just like San Leandro, there are a few results I am not 100 percent about.

Division III

Locks: Acalanes, Albany, Bishop O’Dowd, Campolindo, Del Norte, Hercules, Miramonte, Petaluma, Pinole Valley, Sonoma Valley

Likely In: Eureka

On The Bubble: Analy, Novato, Sir Francis Drake, Terra Linda

Miramonte moves in as a lock. A win over Dublin made this official. The Mats are a great story. A team that won just five total matches all year is now playoff eligible, and sitting in second place in the DFAL.

Division IV

Locks: Moreau Catholic, Piedmont, St. Patrick-St. Vincent, Swett

Likely In: N/A

On The Bubble: Salesian

Sadly had to take Berean off the bubble, but Salesian remains. Not 100 percent sure of their results, but I believe it’ll take a couple more wins in the TCAL Tourney to get eligible.

Division V

Locks: College Prep, Head-Royce, St. Joseph Notre Dame

Likely In: N/A

On The Bubble: Athenian, Redwood Christian, Valley Christian

I believe that Athenian needs at least one win in the BCL-E Tourney, while Redwood Christian and Valley Christian will play in the play-in game, and then the winner of that game will need to win at least one more time to get eligible.


Bishop O’Dowd and Campolindo both climb a spot, into the top three, as Monte Vista slides after a loss to Carondelet. Speaking of Carondelet, it stays at No. 6, despite a loss, because there is no reason to penalize a team that went 1-1 when playing the top two rated teams at the time.
Miramonte and Newark Memorial both climb to their highest point in the rankings this season, while Northgate jumps back in for the first time since early in the season.

1. San Ramon Valley (28-3)
2. Bishop O’Dowd (20-8)
3. Campolindo (20-9)
4. Monte Vista (27-5)
5. Heritage (24-8)
6. Carondelet (25-9)
7. Albany (18-3)
8. California (20-9)
9. Foothill (16-15)
10. Berkeley (17-11)
11. Moreau Catholic (23-5)
12. Miramonte (12-10)
13. Newark Memorial (22-4)
14. Amador Valley (13-11)
15. Northgate (22-11)


Team Record GB

College Prep (14-9, 11-1) –
Head Royce (18-7, 11-1) –
Athenian (10-17, 7-5) 4
Holy Names (6-11, 5-7) 6
Valley Chr. (8-15, 5-7) 6
Redwood Chr. (9-18, 3-9) 8
Bentley (5-16, 0-12) 11

Team Record GB

Heritage (24-8, 8-0) –
Deer Valley (12-20, 6-2) 2
Liberty (16-19, 5-3) 3
Freedom (9-27, 2-6) 6
Pittsburg (2-17, 2-6) 6
Antioch (6-22, 1-7) 7

Team Record GB

Campolindo (20-9, 10-0) –
Miramonte (12-10, 7-3) 3
Acalanes (15-12, 6-4) 4
Las Lomas (22-13, 5-5) 5
Dublin (14-10, 4-6) 6
Dougherty Valley (19-14, 4-7) 6.5
Alhambra (6-22, 0-11) 10.5

Team Record GB

Northgate (22-11, 12-0) –
Concord (23-10, 10-2) 2
Clayton Valley (18-13, 7-5) 5
College Park (18-15, 6-6) 6
Berean Chr. (9-21, 5-7) 7
Ygnacio Valley (2-18, 2-10) 10
Mt. Diablo (0-18, 0-12) 12

Team Record GB

San Ramon Valley (28-3, 12-0) –
Monte Vista (27-5, 9-3) 3
Carondelet (25-9, 7-5) 5
Foothill (16-15, 7-5) 5
California (20-9, 6-6) 6
Amador Valley (13-11, 5-7) 7
Granada (7-20, 1-11) 11
Livermore (4-18, 0-12) 12

Team Record GB

Moreau Catholic (23-5, 11-1) –
Newark Memorial (22-4, 11-1) 1
Logan (15-9, 8-4) 3
Washington (13-11, 7-5) 4
Irvington (15-12, 4-8) 7
Mission San Jose (8-16, 3-9) 8
American (9-14, 3-9) 8
Kennedy-Fremont (6-20, 0-12) 9

Rock Division
Team Record GB

Albany (18-3, 10-0) –
St. Joseph Notre Dame (24-6, 7-3) 3
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (22-13, 7-3) 3
Salesian (10-11, 4-6) 6
St. Mary’s (6-16, 2-8) 8
El Cerrito (4-10, 0-10) 10

Stone Division
Team Record GB

Hercules (8-8, 8-2) –
Swett (8-2, 8-2) –
Pinole Valley (9-7, 8-2) –
De Anza (4-6, 4-6) 4
Kennedy-Richmond (2-9, 2-8) 6
Richmond (0-11, 0-10) 8

Foothill League
Team Record GB

Bishop O’Dowd (20-8, 14-0) –
Berkeley (17-11, 12-2) 2
Castro Valley (15-15, 11-3) 3
Piedmont (16-11, 9-5) 5
San Leandro (12-11, 8-6) 6
Alameda (4-21, 2-12) 12

Shoreline League
Team Record GB

Mt. Eden (12-10, 10-5) –
Arroyo (10-16, 9-6) 1
San Lorenzo (11-18, 6-10) 4.5
Encinal (4-13, 4-12) 6.5
Tennyson (2-15, 2-14) 8.5
Hayward (0-18, 0-16) 10.5

Matt Smith

  • Chris Markle

    Like this change to the NCS qualification: “To be accepted as a participant in the NCS/Les Schwab Tires Volleyball Championships, a team shall have compiled either an overall record of at least an equal number of wins and losses, or an overall record of at least an equal number of wins and losses against teams in its own classification, or an equal number of wins and losses against teams in league competition in order to participate in the NCS Championships.”

    I think it used to require a “winning” record in one of the three categories, now you can get in with a .500 record in any one. Good change…

  • Matt Smith

    Hear, hear. Agreed. Soccer did it a while back. Nice to see volleyball catch-up.

  • Chris Markle

    Watched the Monte Vista Mustangs down the Foothill Falcons 3-1 last night at Foothill. I was really impressed with the play of Monte Vista junior Hailey Lindberg (#1). More so her attitude, although her play was stellar as well. She enters and leaves the court by jumping up and kicking her heels together. She always seems to be happy and smiling. Her coach moves her around the front row (at least did tonight) and had her play all three front-row positions (2 of 3 for sure including MB) and Hailey just went where she was supposed to with no change to her demeanor. Nice for the Mustangs to have someone this tall, skilled and flexible, and only a junior at that. In the last set, the Mustangs really went to her a lot and she terminated a lot of kills. She’s a player I’ll watch in the future to see how she progresses. Again, love that positive and infectious attitude!

  • Gerard

    Hi Matt,
    Can I get your e-mail address. My daughter is signing her NLI next week and the school has asked for local media contacts to send the announcement.

  • Matt Smith
  • David Sparkle

    Gerard. where is your daughter going? Did you find she was more noticed from High School or Club? Thanks and congrats

  • Gerard

    Thanks. Miami of Ohio. Club is primarily where all recruiting takes place

  • Dragon Pride

    How about some NCS seeding predictions?

    Div 1:
    Monte Vista

    Div 2:
    Maria Carillo

    Div. 3

    Div 4
    St.V/St. P
    Cardinal Newman

    Div 5
    St. Joes
    Head Royce

    Fire away, but go on the record with your own predictions as well.