Bay Area News Group Top 15

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What a difference a week can make!

San Ramon Valley made their case for moving up the Bay Area New Group standings with a 3-0 win over Carondelet. And we welcome St. Ignatius to the group, having survived a grueling schedule thus far to emerge with a winning record.

If there is one team that could move up the rankings soon, it’s Monte Vista. They face No. 7 California and No. 5 San Ramon Valley this week in a pair of huge matches. And Carondelet and Foothill are set to duel between the top 10 teams.

Bay Area News Group Top 15

(Mercury News & East Bay Time)

(Records through Monday)

No. 1 ST. FRANÇOIS (12-0)

Previous ranking: 1

Update: The Lancers remain atop the Bay Area volleyball scene after a 3-0 win at Presentation. St. Francis has always been dominant, with the Lancers yet to drop a single set in 2022.

Next meeting: Tuesday against the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart n° 10, 5.30 p.m.

No. 2 ARCHBISHOP MITTY (16-4)

Previous ranking: 2

Update: Archbishop Mitty had his ups and downs at the Durango Classic against some of the region’s top competitors. The team lost games to SoCal powerhouses Cathedral Catholic and Mater Dei, beat Utah’s SkyView, then lost to Redondo.

Upcoming: today against No. 15 St. Ignatius, 5:30 p.m.

No. 3 BACKDROP (15-2)

Previous ranking: 3

Update: The Falcons have been through most of last week, winning five straight against teams like Tracy and Folsom. Their only mistake was a 2-1 loss to Vacaville, and they have a big game at Carondelet on Tuesday.

To be continued: Today at n°6 Carondelet, 6:30 p.m.

No. 4 MONTE VISTA (14-1)

Previous ranking: 4

Update: Monte Vista is currently riding a 12-game winning streak, and six of those came in the past week. One of the highlights was handing a previously undefeated Amador Valley team their first loss on Thursday.

Next: Today at California No. 7, 6:00 p.m.

N° 5 SAN RAMON VALLEY (11-2)

Previous ranking: 7

Update: Wolves avenged their previous loss to California with a resounding 3-0 win at home to the Grizzlies. The schedule doesn’t get any easier, with a trip to Monte Vista ahead.

Next meeting: Thursday at 4 Monte Vista, 6:00 p.m.

N°6 CARONDELET (13-3)

Previous ranking: 5

Update: The Cougars were swept away by a San Ramon Valley ascendant in Danville, bringing Carondelet’s away record to 2-2. Other than that, there isn’t much to do, with the team bouncing back to beat Dougherty Valley later that week.

Upcoming: Today vs. Foothill #3, 6:00 p.m.

#7 CALIFORNIA (13-3)

Previous ranking: 6

Update: California had a tough time last week, losing to Dougherty Valley 3-2 and then San Ramon Valley 3-0. Their next game is against a very good Monte Vista team which is 14-1 on Tuesday.

Next: Today vs No. 4 Monte Vista, 6:00 p.m.

No. 8: VALLEY CHRISTIAN (8-3)

Previous ranking: 8

Update: Valley Christian only played one game last week, a trip to Archbishop Mitty where the team lost 3-0 to perhaps the second-best team in the bay. Their next opponent, 3-13 Presentation, should help Valley Christian get back on track.

To be continued: Today vs Presentation, 5:30 p.m.

N°9 PALO ALTO (13-4)

Previous ranking: 11

Update: The Vikings played seven games from Tuesday to Saturday, losing the end-of-book games but winning the five in between. The team swept Las Lomas, Newark Memorial and Lincoln in six straight sets.

Coming soon: Today in Mountain View, 6:45 p.m.

No. 10 SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL (6-5)

Previous ranking: 9

Update: It’s been a busy week for the Fighting Irish, who played four games between Wednesday and Saturday. They had two wins over Rocklin, but lost games to Redwood and St. Ignatius. A trip to No. 1 St. Francis is next on the register.

On the program: Today at No. 1 St. Francis, 5:30 p.m.

No. 11 BISHOP O’DOWD (11-4)

Previous ranking: 10

Update: Just like last week, the Dragons will play their first game of the week on Wednesday. Bishop O’Dowd beat Piedmont 3-0 last week.

Next meeting: Wednesday against San Leandro, 6:30 p.m.

#12 BURLINGAME (10-2)

Previous ranking: 12

Update: Burlingame started the week with a 3-0 win over Terra Nova, then defended their ground with a tough 3-2 win over Aragon to move up to 10-2. Next up is a 6-6 Sequoia team.

Next: Today vs. Sequoia, 6:15 p.m.

N° 13 SACRED HEART PREPARATION (7-4)

Previous ranking: 13

Update: After ending their previous week with a loss to the No. 1 ranked team, the Gators rebounded with a 3-0 win over Menlo School. The next stop is a road trip to 8-3 Castilleja.

To be continued: Today in Castilleja, 5:30 p.m.

N°14 NOTRE-DAME-BELMONT (11-4)

Previous ranking: 14

Update: Notre Dame went 3-1 on a four-game streak in Saturday’s tournament. Those wins came against Mercy, Burlingame and Marin Catholic. A duel with his compatriot Notre Dame (of San Jose) is coming.

Up next: today against Our Lady of San Jose, 6:30 p.m.

No. 15 Saint Ignatius (10-8)

Previous ranking: N/A

Update: St. Ignatius has played an absolutely brutal schedule so far, with the team playing seven games between Friday and Saturday last week. They beat Utah’s Corner Canyon, Santa Ana’s Foothill and Torrance’s South against a diverse roster of teams. Things don’t get any easier, with a match at Mitty on the horizon.

Next stop: Today at Archbishop #2 Mitty, 5:30 p.m.

Bay Area News Group ranking eligible teams come from leagues based primarily in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. For updated records, please email [email protected]

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