Updated Girls VBall State Top 20

Redondo's girls celebrate after winning second straight CIF Division I state title last December. This year's team is playing this weekend at Nike TOC. Photo: RedondoAthletics/ca.8to18.com.

Redondo’s girls celebrate after winning second straight CIF Division I state title last December. This year’s team is playing this weekend at Nike TOC. Photo: RedondoAthletics/ca.8to18.com.

California’s top two teams, plus many others, will face national-level competition this weekend at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona. One darkhorse team to watch in that event is Redondo, which pushed state and national No. 1 Mater Dei to five games in a match last weekend.

For this week’s NorCal Volleyball Top 20 Rankings from our partners at SportStars, Click Here And be sure to check out FloVolleyball.tv this week for the second Flo50 national rankings.


(Through games of Tuesday, Sept. 27)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)

1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 13-0
The Monarchs, who won on Tuesday night in two games over JSerra, needed a 15-10 win in a fifth game last week to survive an upset bid by Redondo. They will try to enhance national reputation this weekend at Nike TOC.

2. (2) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 13-1
Mitty’s aim at the Nike TOC not only will be to win the title and add it to the Durango Fall Classic crown but ideally to avenge earlier loss to Mater Dei. The other top nationally ranked team in the field will be Bishop Moore of Orlando, Fla. If any of those three win it – Mitty, Mater Dei or Bishop Moore – that will be the team in the driver’s seat to be mythical national champion.

3. (3) San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano) 13-1
The Stallions are still riding high after Tuesday win vs. Aliso Niguel. Since finishing as runner-up to Mater Dei at the Dave Mohs tourney, they haven’t dropped a game.

4. (5) Torrey Pines (San Diego) 10-2
Both losses by the Falcons are to out-of-state teams and their in-state schedule is more than solid. They move up this week after previous No. 4 Edison lost to Huntington Beach.

5. (6) Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 16-5
The Mustangs defeated South Bay rival Palos Verdes (PV Estates) on Tuesday and probably should actually root for arch-rival Redondo to do well at the Nike TOC since they’ll play the Seahawks afterward.

Kirby Knapp is one of the top players for 2015 CIF NorCal D1 champion Menlo-Atherton. Photo: Phillip Walton/SportStars.

Kirby Knapp is one of the top players for 2015 CIF NorCal D1 champion Menlo-Atherton. Photo: Phillip Walton/SportStars.

6. (7) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 11-4
Still owning a head-to-head win over Huntington Beach is keeping the Eagles high in this week’s rankings.

7. (8) Huntington Beach 13-3
After winning twice last weekend in San Diego County, the Oilers returned to Sunset League action and knocked off previous No. 4 Edison on Tuesday night.

8. (13) Redondo Union (Redondo Beach) 7-3
Your 20014 and 2015 CIF Division I state champions played like they would like to be in this year’s Open Division in a five-game match with No. 1 Mater Dei. Redondo won the first and fourth games before losing in the fifth 15-10. That close of a match just had to be rewarded with a rankings bump.

9. (4) Edison (Huntington Beach) 21-7
The Chargers have dropped due to their loss on Tuesday to Huntington Beach and a loss from the week before to Santa Margarita. Edison still has a head-to-head win over Notre Dame of Belmont, the No. 2 team in NorCal.

10. (9) Notre Dame (Belmont) 12-4
We goofed last week in reporting that the Tigers are in the West Catholic Athletic League. They actually were realigned into a different league starting this season. They didn’t lose last week, but had to drop due to head-to-head results combined with Redondo going up.

11. (10) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 16-4
Head coach David Huan’s squad hasn’t played since the last state rankings were issued. The Wildcats did have a tough match on Wednesday of this week vs. Presentation.

12. (11) Lakewood 15-3
After winning two more games in the Moore League, the Lancers will play this weekend in the Steve Lewis Memorial Tournament.

13. (12) Marymount (Los Angeles) 16-3
Sophomores Devon Newberry and Grace Frohling have helped the Sailors stay among the state’s best and give them a lot of hope for the future.

14. (15) Ventura 16-0
The top-ranked team in the CIFSS among Division II schools, the Cougars continue to look good with a senior-dominated roster.

15. (18) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 18-4
The Trojans beat previous No. 14 Valley Christian of San Jose and previous No. 20 Presentation (San Jose) to win last weekend’s Presentation Panther Challenge.

16. (19) Clovis 25-0
With their title in last weekend’s Hard Driven Classic, the Cougars have built up a lot of momentum heading into their appearance at the Nike TOC in Arizona. Their first scheduled match of the weekend will be against No. 1 Mater Dei.

17. (14) Valley Christian (San Jose) 13-6
This is where the Warriors fall after their loss to Oak Ridge at the Presentation Panther Challenge. They are still in front of Sacred Heart Cathedral due to head-to-head win.

18. (17) Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 16-2
Although they didn’t lose last week, the Irish had to drop a spot because they have to stay behind Valley Christian and Valley Christian lost.

19. (NR) Menlo-Atherton (Atherton) 10-4
The Bears come in for previous No. 20 Presentation. They won a game from Mater Dei earlier in the season and last year they won the CIF NorCal Division I crown.

20. (NR) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 15-1
Louisville of Woodland Hills helped the Trailblazers go in when it upended previous No. 16 Flintridge Sacred Heart on Tuesday night. Sierra Canyon has a win over Louisville and has lost only to No. 13 Marymount.

Dropped Out:
Previous No. 16 Flintridge Sacred Heart (La Canada); No. 20 Presentation (San Jose).


Bishop’s (La Jolla) 7-1
Christian Brothers (Sacramento) 8-2
Flintridge Sacred Heart (La Canada) 12-4
Harvard-Westlake (N. Hollywood) 7-6
La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 8-4
Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 8-5
Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 13-4
Monte Vista (Danville) 9-3
Pitman (Turlock) 14-1
Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 15-2
Presentation (San Jose) 18-5
Rancho Cucamonga 9-4
Temecula Valley (Temecula) 13-2

Stockton office assistant editor Paul Muyskens and SportStars Magazine editor Chace Bryson contributed to these rankings. Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports

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