It was an eventful offseason for regional volleyball programs. Seven of The Bee's Top 20 teams brought in a new coach, promoted a coach or had a coach ushered out, only to have that coach return.
Julie Crawford was let go at Davis High School in late June, then was reinstated July 17. A trustee board voted 3-1 in favor of Crawford's return for her third season as coach.
The No. 15 Blue Devils haven't skipped a beat with a 13-8 record, opening Delta Valley Conference play with a 3-0 win over Franklin last week.
Davis, a powerhouse in the 1980s, '90s and early last decade, is led by seniors Zoe Hunt-Murray and Mackenzie Harrison and junior Maya Gilardi.
The Blue Devils tied Monterey Trail for the DVC title last season. The No. 11 Mustangs (8-3) also are playing under a new coach after winning three consecutive DVC titles from 2010-12 and earning three Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths in a row. Tony Nguyen replaced Scott Ellison in the offseason. The Mustangs had a winning record in all six seasons under Ellison.
Monterey Trail is paced by seniors Kelechi Ohiri, Zaire Dartis and Alex Holt and junior Halee Parnell.
Davis plays host to Monterey Trail on Oct. 15.
Monterey Trail defeated No. 16 Bella Vista 3-1 on Sept. 24. Bella Vista is another team with a new coach. Former assistant Zara Budenbender replaced Troy Songer, who stepped away to spend more time with family.
Despite graduating All-Metro players Kyndra Trevino-Scott and Michelle Hernandez, the Broncos (13-8) are on pace to compete for a playoff spot in the always-tough Capital Valley Conference with Sara Hibbs and Ashlyn Germoles leading the way.
Bella Vista's first big league test is Wednesday night at home against No. 8 Oakmont.
No. 9 Nevada Union and No. 13 Vista del Lago took a similar route to changing coaches. Marco Salcedo is in his first season as head coach of the Miners after sharing duties last season with now-assistant principal Kelly Rhoden. Wayne Campbell, the successful boys volleyball coach at Vista del Lago, took over the girls program this season after Patrick Sanders left to spend time with family.
No. 6 Oak Ridge replaced one coach with two. Becky Potter stepped away to focus on teaching and family, allowing friends Bre Horton and Christy Bergin to take over.
One of the biggest changes in the area was the departure of Jamie Ingram from Granite Bay to William Jessup University in Rocklin. Former Grizzlies junior varsity coach Tricia Plummer was elevated, and the top-ranked Grizzlies (14-0) opened Sierra Foothill League action with 3-0 sweeps over No. 5 Roseville and No. 9 Nevada Union.
Tournament Saturday Two tournaments Saturday will feature 12 ranked teams.
Vista del Lago will host the second annual NorCal Classic with Granite Bay, No. 3 Christian Brothers, No. 4 Rocklin, Oak Ridge and Nevada Union. Redwood of Larkspur and Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco also will compete.
The CIVT large-school tournament at Jackson Sports Complex at McClellan Park will feature No. 7 El Camino, No. 10 Pleasant Grove, No. 14 Rio Americano, No. 17 Yuba City, Monterey Trail and Bella Vista.