NEW Girls VB State Top 20

The last three weeks have seen some excited girls on the bench and on the court at Torrey Pines (San Diego). Their team is now No. 1 in California. Photo: @TPCHAOS/

We have another new No. 1 team this week as Torrey Pines of San Diego wins the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions with a 3-0 sweep of previous No. 1 Archbishop Mitty. Canyon Crest and Sierra Canyon get major bumps to No. 11 and No. 12 while a group of three newcomers is led by JSerra after it knocked off previous No. 4 Santa Margarita.



(Previous rank in parentheses)
(After matches of Tuesday, Oct. 21)

1. (3) Torrey Pines (San Diego) 27-3
In the last three weeks the Falcons have beaten Santa Margarita and Archbishop Mitty to win the California Challenge and Santa Barbara TOC tourney titles. Since Mitty was No. 1 last week and now that Torrey Pines has gone 2-1 against the Monarchs this season, it’s now the Falcons’ turn to be at the top. Behind MVP Kiara McNulty, a senior setter, Torrey Pines topped Mitty 25-22, 25-19 and 25-15 in straight sets. The team was slated to play Canyon Crest Academy on Wednesday night in a matchup between the top two ranked teams in the CIF San Diego Section.

2. (2) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 30-5
While Torrey Pines, Mitty and Redondo were all in tournaments last week, the Monarchs simply won a pair of Trinity League matches. They stay put this week at No. 2 and now go back up in front of Mitty due to having that previous head-to-head win.

Redondo head coach Tommy Chaffins was the 2014 National Coach of the Year by, founded by someone (John Tawa) who got his start in girls volleyball by covering Redondo for local media many years ago. Photo:

3. (1) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 29-5
Monarchs’ fans can take some solace in their team’s loss to Torrey Pines in Santa Barbara with the knowledge that last year the girls lost in the TOC final as well, but in the end it didn’t matter. Mitty still won the CIF Open Division state title. While the top SoCal teams like Torrey Pines, Mater Dei, Redondo, Marymount and others will be beating each other up in the CIF Southern Section, CIF San Diego and CIF SoCal regional brackets it still looks like the Monarchs won’t have that much competition to deal with in winning the CIF NorCal Open Division crown.

4. (5) Redondo Union (Redondo Beach) 31-4
Co-MVPs Brooklyn Schimer and Naloni Iosia led the Sea Hawks to the title last weekend in their own Redondo Power Classic. Schimer had 12 kills while Iosia had four aces in a 14-25, 25-11, 15-10 triumph in the tourney final over new No. 12 Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth. Freshman Kami Miner added nine kills and three aces. Redondo didn’t win 12 times in the week since the last rankings, but some earlier wins popped up on the team’s published logs.

5. (6) Marymount (Los Angeles) 27-7
The highlight of the week for the Sailors was a victory over bubble team Harvard-Westlake, which has also been in the State Top 20 this season. Based on their recent win over Mater Dei plus the fact that it’s looking like the CIFSS Division I playoffs will have several front-running teams, the improved health of head coach Cari Klein’s girls will make them as good as anyone down the stretch.

6. (8) Temecula Valley (Temecula) 29-3
We moved up the Golden Bears after they avenged one of their losses with a Southwestern League triumph over previous No. 18 Vista Murrieta. We didn’t move them up as high in the Flo50 to keep them behind Perry of Arizona, which is their last loss.

7. (7) Central (Fresno) 36-2
It was another close match between the Grizzlies and state-ranked Buchanan of Clovis last week, but ended up as another win for this bunch. The 3-2 triumph featured 24 kills by Makayla Lewis, seven blocks by Imani Lacy, 30 dids from Allie Santoyo and 34 assists by Angie Cabal.

8. (9) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 24-4
The Wildcats added two more Marin County Athletic League wins last week after their loss to Mitty the previous week in the finals of the Stockton Classic. The Monarchs aren’t the only nationally ranked team they’ve played, either. Marin Catholic has also faced Xavier Prep of Phoenix and Assumption of Louisville, Ky. (both losses) and those teams are currently in the top 10 of the FloVolleyball Flo50.

9. (10) Lakewood 25-4
In their last 13 matches, the Lancers’ have only lost to Torrey Pines and now that team is sitting in the No. 1 position for the state. Lakewood won its only reported match last week aganst Jordan of Long Beach.

10. (4) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 28-8
This latest loss from last week has to cost the Eagles a bunch of spots since it was to a JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) squad that has been in the State Top 20 this season but wasn’t coming into the match. The Eagles still have one win over Mater Dei, however, and they’re not going to just hand over the CIFSS D1 title they won last season without giving it a fight.

11. (15) Canyon Crest Academy (San Diego) 23-7
The Ravens weren’t in the Redondo Power Classic, but they have a head-to-head win over Sierra Canyon so they get to rise up this week right in front of Sierra Canyon, which made it to the championship game of the event. Canyon Crest looks ticketed to the San Diego Open Division and if it gets to the finals of the SD Open would then project to be in the CIF SoCal Open Division. There will be more than four CIF Southern Section Division I teams ranked higher going into the SoCal seeding meetings, but there is a limit of only four from the CIFSS who can be chosen for the Open Division.

Marin Catholic of Kentfield’s Riley Ramsey was the player of the year last season in the Marin County Athletic League. Photo: Mark Tennis.

12. (20) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 29-7
Regardless of losing to Redondo in the finals of the Redondo Power Classic, it still was a great week for the Trailblazers. They knocked off previously unbeaten and previous No. 14 Westlake early on in the weekend and then beat previous No. 11 Long Beach Poly in the semifinals. And in the title match, Sierra Canyon won the first set and had the third set knotted at 10-10 before Redondo took control.

13. (11) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 27-5
For the second straight week, the Jackrabbits have to drop. The first week it was due a league loss to Lakewood and now it’s due to a loss to Sierra Canyon in the semifinals of the Redondo Power Classic.

14. (12) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 31-7
Normally, when a team like the Wildcats lose a league match to an opponent like Mitty of San Jose (higher ranked), there is no drop in the rankings and sometimes there’s even a rise. That’s who St. Ignatius lost to last week, but the drop had to happen in order to make room for both Canyon Crest Academy and Sierra Canyon.

15. (16) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 22-6
Head coach Julianna Evans’ girls went to the Santa Barbara TOC and won matches against the host school as well as Vista Murrieta before losing to Archbishop Mitty in the semifinals. It’s the win in the third-place match, though, over Corona del Mar which accounts for team getting to mov up in this week’s rankings.

16. (NR) JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 19-6
We’ll obviously bring back the Lions after their 3-2 victory last week over previous No. 4 Santa Margarita. They also played well last week in a 3-2 loss to Mater Dei. This makes JSerra a very dangerous team for a high seed to be playing in the early rounds of the CIFSS D1 playoffs. Despite the win, the Lions are still looking like the third-place team in the Trinity League and therefore won’t be a high seed like other league champions.

17. (19) Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 20-6
The Sea Kings don’t have seven losses that is showing on their MaxPreps record due do being listed twice for a loss to Cathedral Catholic at the Santa Barbara TOC. One of the main reasons for a move upward this week is being unbeaten in the Pacific Coast League. Their other loss in Santa Barbara was to Torrey Pines.

18. (17) Buchanan (Clovis) 30-6
So how close was it in the Bears’ second loss of the season to No. 7 Central of Fresno last week? They forced a fifth set after winning the fourth 29-27 but then lost 20-18. Barring something strange, it’s likely to two will meet again to decide the CIF Central Section D1 crown.

19. (NR) San Juan Hills 21-12
This team was in the preseason rankings but is getting to come back in for having wins against San Clemente and Rancho Cucamonga. Just about every one of the 12 losses also have come to higher ranked teams.

20. (NR) Rancho Cucamonga 22-9
The Cougars were toward the bottom of the Top 20 for good portion of last season and are making another late-season run. At the Santa Barbara TOC last weekend, head coach Aaron Flores’ girls got wins over two teams that were in last week’s rankings, previous no. 13 Mira Costa and previous No. 18 Vista Murrieta.

Previous No. 13 Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach); No. 14 Westlake (Westlake Village); No. 18 Vista Murrieta (Murrieta).

Culver City 25-1
Edison (Huntington Beach) 16-10
Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood) 16-9
Huntington Beach 25-7
La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 17-11
Los Alamitos 22-10
Menlo School (Atherton) 31-5
Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 10-10
Monte Vista (Danville) 28-2
Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 26-7
Palo Alto 22-3
Sacred Heart Cathedral (SF) 21-10
Santiago (Corona) 29-5
St. Francis (Mountain View) 20-11
Valley Christian (San Jose) 16-10
Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 17-7
Westlake (Westlake VIllage) 24-3

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of He can be reached at Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports

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