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Girls Volleyball: Semifinals, Rankings, Standings

The North Coast Section playoff brackets come out today. Here our predictions of how the brackets could look. This post has been updated with the actual brackets.

Division I

No. 1 San Ramon Valley v. No. 4 California; No. 2 Monte Vista v. No. 3 Heritage

The Wolves have beaten the Grizzlies in three sets twice this year. Cal will have to find a way to slow down Katherine Claybaugh to have any sort of chance.

On the other side of the bracket, it is a dream for people who love good setting. Jessy Ober for Monte Vista and Heather Reed for Heritage are two of the best. The setter that finds the best matchup for her hitters and puts the ball where it needs to be will likely be the setter who’s team moves on.

Division II

No. 1 Redwood v. No. 4 Las Lomas; No. 2 Maria Carrillo v. No. 3 Carondelet

This is almost an exact replay of last season when the Knights were seeded fourth, and beat top-seeded Redwood in the semi’s and then beat Carrillo in the finals. This year, Redwood is even better, so it will be a tougher challenge.

Carrillo, on the other hand, is No. 2 this year, instead of No. 3, but will have its hands full with a Carondelet team that is battle tested, and hungry.

Division III

No. 1 Campolindo v. No. 4 Albany; No. 2 Bishop O’Dowd v. No. 3 Sonoma Valley

The Campo/Albany matchup is a great one because it is the last two state runners up facing off as only one of them can reach the NorCal’s this year. It will be Albany’s fantastic middle, Amber Erhahon, against Campo’s great outsides in Wirth and Sibley.

O’Dowd has yet to have been tested in this bracket, but look for that test to come on Wednesday. However, the Dragons have quite a bit of firepower and will stand up to the challenge.

Division IV

No. 1 Marin Catholic v. No. 4 St. Patrick-St. Vincent; No. 3 Healdsburg v. No. 7 Justin-Siena

The Bruins know they have a tough road to reach the finals, but this team has been through the wars before and will give the top seed a fight.

Division V

No. 1 Branson v. No. 4 Head-Royce; No. 2 St. Joseph Notre Dame v. No. 3 University-San Francisco

Branson has beaten Head-Royce this season, and St. Joe’s has beaten University. Even HR knows Branson is a heavy favorite to win the state title, so the Jayhawks will have to play flawlessly.

The Pilots know they are in for a battle, but at least get the match at home as they look to finally get to that NCS final and clinch a NorCal berth.

Rankings

Las Lomas makes a nice jump from No. 15 to No. 11, as the Knights are once again making a Division II run as the No. 4 seed.
Only small shifts after that, except for St. Joe’s coming back into the rankings.

1. San Ramon Valley (31-3)
2. Bishop O’Dowd (24-9)
3. Campolindo (24-9)
4. Monte Vista (29-6)
5. Heritage (26-8)
6. Albany (22-3)
7. California (23-9)
8. Carondelet (25-11)
9. Berkeley (20-12)
10. Foothill (17-19)
11. Las Lomas (26-13)
12. Newark Memorial (26-5)
13. Miramonte (15-12)
14. Amador Valley (15-13)
15. St. Joseph Notre Dame (29-8)

Standings

BCL-E
Team Record GB

Head Royce (21-7, 11-1) -
College Prep (16-11, 11-1) -
Athenian (9-19, 6-6) 5
Valley Chr. (9-15, 5-7) 6
Redwood Chr. (10-17, 5-7) 6
Holy Names (5-12, 4-8) 7
Bentley (5-16, 0-12) 11

BVAL
Team Record GB

Heritage (26-8, 10-0) -
Deer Valley (14-21, 8-2) 2
Liberty (17-21, 6-4) 4
Freedom (10-28, 3-7) 7
Pittsburg (2-19, 2-8) 8
Antioch (6-24, 1-9) 9

DFAL
Team Record GB

Campolindo (24-9, 12-0) -
Miramonte (15-12, 8-4) 4
Acalanes (16-14, 7-5) 5
Las Lomas (26-13, 7-5) 5
Dougherty Valley (19-16, 4-8) 8
Dublin (14-13, 4-8) 8
Alhambra (6-23, 0-12) 12

DVAL
Team Record GB

Northgate (23-12, 12-0) -
Concord (23-12, 10-2) 2
Clayton Valley (20-14, 7-5) 5
College Park (18-17, 6-6) 6
Berean Chr. (9-21, 5-7) 7
Ygnacio Valley (2-18, 2-10) 10
Mt. Diablo (0-18, 0-12) 12

EBAL
Team Record GB

San Ramon Valley (31-3, 14-0) -
Monte Vista (29-6, 10-4) 4
California (23-9, 8-6) 6
Carondelet (27-11, 7-7) 7
Foothill (17-19, 7-7) 7
Amador Valley (15-13, 6-8) 8
Granada (10-19, 4-10) 10
Livermore (4-20, 0-14) 14

MVAL
Team Record GB

Newark Memorial (26-5, 13-1) -
Moreau Catholic (25-6, 13-1) -
Logan (17-11, 9-5) 4
Washington (14-13, 8-6) 5
Irvington (16-14, 5-9) 8
Mission San Jose (13-17, 4-10) 9
American (9-16, 3-11) 10
Kennedy-Fremont (6-22, 0-14) 13

TCAL
Rock Division
Team Record GB

Albany (22-3, 10-0) -
St. Joseph Notre Dame (29-8, 7-3) 3
St. Patrick-St. Vincent (24-12, 7-3) 3
Salesian (12-13, 4-6) 6
St. Mary’s (7-17, 2-8) 8
El Cerrito (4-11, 0-10) 10

Stone Division
Team Record GB

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

WACC
Foothill League
Team Record GB

Bishop O’Dowd (24-9, 16-0) -
Berkeley (20-12, 14-2) 2
Castro Valley (15-17, 11-5) 5
Piedmont (19-11, 11-5) 5
San Leandro (12-13, 7-9) 9
Alameda (4-23, 2-14) 12

Shoreline League
Team Record GB

Encinal (11-13, 9-7) -
Arroyo (10-19, 8-8) 1
Mt. Eden (11-14, 8-8) 1
San Lorenzo (10-19, 6-10) 3
Tennyson (2-15, 2-14) 7
Hayward (0-18, 0-16) 9

Matt Smith

  • Dragon Pride

    You have to congratulate the NCS seeding committee – of the 20 teams remaining in the semi-finals of Div. 1-5, 19 of them were seeded to be in the semi-finals (seeds 1-4). Other than #7 Justin Sienna’s upset of #2 Moreau in Division 4, the committee picked the top 4 teams in all five Divisions. While there can be a few quibbles about the seedings within the top 4 (Campo over O’Dowd??), a remarkable job. Well done.

  • redandblue2

    Tell you what Pride, Campo would rather play Sonoma Valley than Albany in the semis, so be thankful O’Dowd got the #2 seed.

  • vintage62

    Sonoma Valley has beaten Petaluma twice and lost to them once and Petaluma gave Campolindo all they could handle. Don’t think it matters who Campo or O’Dowd play in the semi-finals since all four teams that remain in Division III are very equal. Should be two great games.