Joe Davidson

Prep notes: Unpredictability is predictable in girls’ volleyball season

Parity and unpredictability have defined this high school volleyball season.

Christian Brothers started the school-year ranked No.1 by The Bee, slipped to eighth and is now back up to sixth amid a challenging schedule, per the norm for top-10 teams. El Camino has held steady at No. 1 for much of the season and will enter the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs Nov. 6 as perhaps the area’s clear-favorite to win a championship, likely in Division II.

Lower-ranked teams have upended higher-ranked teams, and unranked teams roared into the rankings, only to be stunned by unranked teams that are now ranked. No. 12 Yuba City, perfectly playing the role of unpredictability and parity, is enjoying its best season since 2007. The Honkers went from unranked to No. 10 in a matter of weeks after stunning then No. 3 Pleasant Grove 3-1 in a nonleague match Oct. 6, only to be upset by unranked River City 3-0 in Tri-County Conference play Oct. 20. That came a month after the Honkers beat those same Raiders 3-0. River City is now ranked 20th.

Both expect to be a factor in the D-II playoffs.

“The win over Pleasant Grove showed us that we are capable of playing with the larger programs as long as we play aggressive and fundamentally sound, but we still have a ways to go to prove that we can do so on a consistent basis,” Yuba City coach Jeremy Duterte said. “Being a young team, it’s the mental roadblocks that still hold us back. A D-II title, while it would be amazing, is not even in the thought process for this team. We have lost in the first round of the playoffs the last two seasons, and from the beginning of the year the girls made it their personal mission to make a statement in the first round this season and make a deep run.”

Yuba City is led by two-year varsity players Katie Covey, Jordan Coxe, Lauren Danna, Ally Reines and Summer Williams.

▪ Campolindo of Moraga beat No. 6 Christian Brothers 2-1 to win the St. Francis Super 8 Tournament, avenging a CIF NorCal Division III playoff loss.

CBS reached the finals with a 2-1 victory over rival No. 5 St. Francis, avenging an early season 3-1 loss.

Campolindo beat top-ranked El Camino 2-1 in the other semifinal. No. 4 Oak Ridge beat No. 3 Granite Bay in the consolation bracket to go 2-3 on the day. Granite Bay, the defending State Division I champion, went 0-4.

Boys’ soccer

After going 1-13 in 2010, 1-15 in 2011 and 2-16 in 2013, Rosemont is enjoying a breakout season behind first-year coach James Hopley.

The Wolverines have won a school-record 15 games and are battling for a playoff berth in a Sierra Valley Conference that includes No. 7 Galt, No. 19 Liberty Ranch and previously ranked Cordova.

Rosemont is led by defender Marco Agular, midfielder/captain Lenin Rubio, midfielders Cesar Martinez, Hector Zavala and Andrew Brown. Zavala is the leading scorer. Rubio is a younger brother to Luis Arce, a standout for Rosemont in 2009 and still the school-record holder for goals in a season with 38.

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The Bee’s Top 20

Soccer Rankings

With last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. Jesuit (1) 21-1-1

2. Christian Brothers (2) 13-1-4

3. Granite Bay (3) 17-1

4. Davis (4) 13-5

5. Grant (5) 11-8-3

6. Pleasant Grove (8) 8-5-4

7. Galt (6) 16-3-4

8. Capital Christian (7) 14-3

9. Cosumnes Oaks (9) 12-2-5

10. Whitney (10) 9-3-6

11. Bella Vista (11) 10-5-4

12. Del Oro (12) 11-3-3

13. Oak Ridge (13) 11-4-1

14. Franklin (14) 7-7-3

15. Rio Americano (15) 10-6-2

16. Natomas (16) 13-4-2

17. Placer (17) 12-1-4

18. Monterey Trail (18) 10-9-3

19. Liberty Ranch (19) 12-7-3

20. Ponderosa (-) 8-8-2

Mike Finnerty

The Bee’s Top 20

Volleyball Rankings

With last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. El Camino (1) 40-3

2. Rocklin (3) 23-12

3. Granite Bay (2) 23-11

4. Oak Ridge (4) 21-5

5. St. Francis (5) 25-11

6. Christian Brothers (8) 23-10

7. Pleasant Grove (6) 24-7

8. Oakmont (7) 25-3

9. Davis (11) 23-7

10. Roseville (12) 26-10

11. Bella Vista (9) 16-9

12. Yuba City (10) 25-8

13. Rio Americano (13) 23-12

14. Whitney (14) 18-13

15. Placer (15) 13-10

16. Elk Grove (16) 17-12

17. Ponderosa (17) 16-17

18. Nevada Union (18) 12-16

19. Franklin (20) 17-12

20. River City (–) 20-7

Mike Finnerty

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