NEW State Girls Volleyball Top 20

Nicolette Pinkney and Taylor Nelson are two of the top players for No. 1 Granite Bay, which beat No. 2 Archbishop Mitty last month at a tourney final in Stockton. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Nicolette Pinkney and Taylor Nelson are two of the top players for No. 1 Granite Bay, which beat No. 2 Archbishop Mitty last month at a tourney final in Stockton. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Tuesday night section playoff results are included in this week’s rankings, including wins by No. 1 Granite Bay plus No. 4 Los Alamitos and No. 6 Mater Dei winning in the CIFSS Division IAA semifinals.

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Note: This week’s rankings do not include any results from Wednesday, Nov. 20. Top 20
State Girls Volleyball Rankings

(Thanks to Harold Abend for contributing to these rankings and writeups; previous ranking in parentheses; through reported results of Tuesday night, Nov. 19)

1. (1) Granite Bay 40-0
Coach Tricia Plummer’s team beat Pitman of Turlock on Tuesday in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D1 semis and will face defending champion St. Francis of Sacramento (33-7) in the final on Thursday at UC Davis.

2. (2) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 36-4
After a first-round bye, the CIF Central Coast Section Division II top-seeded Monarchs made fast work of cross-town Lynbrook with a three set 25-14, 25-13 and 25-8 victory. Next up is a semifinal match on Wednesday with No. 5 seed Campbell Westmont, a five set winner over previous Bay Area No. 10 Presentation of San Jose.

3. (3) Torrey Pines (San Diego) 30-3
The Falcons were set to face Westview (27-7) in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division semifinals on Wednesday.

4. (4) Los Alamitos 30-5
After topping Mira Costa in a gritty CIFSS Division 1AA quarterfinal, the Griffins won again on Tuesday in the semifinals against Orange Lutheran.

5. (10) Santiago (Corona) 35-0
Great Oak’s eye-opening run to the CIFSS D1AA semifinals also shows that Santiago needs to get a lot more respect for what it’s done this season. Prior to Great Oak losing to Mater Dei on Tuesday, that team’s only loss was to Santiago.

6. (9) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 32-5
Tourney-tested Monarchs (remember they won the Torrey Pines tourney) defeated Great Oak of Temecula in Tuesday’s CIFSS D1AA semifinals and will now play Los Alamitos in Saturday’s championship.

7. (6) Valley Christian (San Jose) 30-8
After dropping a spot last week with a second loss to Mitty, the Warrior girls dusted it off, and after a first-round bye as the CCS Division III top seed, they dusted No. 9 seed Pacifica Terra Nova in three sets 25-10, 25-16 and 25-13. On tap is No. 4 seed Aptos in the semis.

8. (11) La Salle (Pasadena) 31-5
The Lancers have lived up to their billing in the CIFSS D1A bracket and will play Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood (26-10) in this week’s title match.

9. (14) Lutheran (Orange) 23-9
The Trinity League champs move up due to beating previous No. 8 Lakewood in the CIFSS D1AA quarterfinals. They lost in Tuesday’s semis to No. 4 Los Al.

10. (NR) Great Oak (Temecula) 27-2
Wins by the Wolf Pack over Dana Hills and Redondo in the CIFSS D1AA bracket are huge for Inland Empire volleyball respect. The area hasn’t been as known for volleyball as it has been in other girls’ sports (especially softball) but that could be changing.

11. (5) Redondo (Redondo Beach) 29-6
This is where the Sea Hawks have to fall in this week’s rankings after their loss to Great Oak in the CIFSS D1AA quarterfinals.

12. (15) Scripps Ranch (San Diego) 35-2
The Falcons play Poway (20-13) in the San Diego Section Division I semifinals. They are the top seed and favorite, but aren’t in the new San Diego Open Division.

13. (7) Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 24-6
The Sea Kings could still come up a few spots in future rankings since their CIFSS playoff loss was to Mater Dei. If Mater Dei keeps going, CdM could rise up as well.

14. (17) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 24-8
There’s a tough CIF San Diego Section Open Division semifinal that was awaiting the Mavericks on Wednesday against No. 15 Parker.

15. (18) Francis Parker (San Diego) 24-4
After the San Diego Open Division, the Lancers will be playing in Division IV for the SoCal regional.

16. (16) Branson (Ross) 30-6
Outstanding outside hitter Sarah Wallace and the rest of the Bulls are cruising in the CIF North Coast Section Division V playoffs and are going for their fifth straght CIF Division V state crown.

17. (8) Lakewood 26-6
The Lancers fell to Orange Lutheran in the CIFSS D1AA quarterfinals.

18. (20) Redwood (Larkspur) 38-5
The Giants received a first-round bye as the CIF North Coast Section Division II top seed and then rolled in the quarterfinals with a 25-12, 25-18, 25-16 win over No. 9 seed Dublin. Next up is a Wednesday semifinal matchup at home with No. 4 seed Walnut Creek Las Lomas.

19. (13) Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 22-9
Before the Mustangs lost in the CIFSS D1AA quarterfinals to Los Alamitos, they defeated 2012 CIF Division I state champ Marymount of Los Angeles in the second round.

20. (NR) Menlo School (Atherton) 27-5
The Knights are favored in the CIF Central Coast Section Division IV playoffs.

Dropped Out: Previous No. 12 Dana Hills (Dana Point); No. 19 Marymount (Los Angeles).

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Note: We welcome all input about teams not included and the order although we tend not to change it if teams don’t lose. For comments or questions, email

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