Girls Volleyball Top 10: St. Lucy’s sets the pace

1. St. Lucy’s (21-4)
2. South Hills (13-5)
3. Walnut (14-4)
4. Bonita (11-6)
5. Los Altos (13-4)
6. Glendora (7-3)
7. San Dimas (16-4)
8. Ganesha (17-4)
9. La Puente (12-10)
10. Gladstone (20-6)

Comments: St.Lucy’s is still is the barometer, winning two league matches by sweeps last week. South Hills takes advantage of Walnut’s win over Bonita and moves into No. 2, with the Mustangs claiming No. 3. Bonita grabs No. 4 by following up the loss to Walnut with a victory over Division 3-AA power Brentwood. Los Altos rounds out the top five after taking care of business. A few words about the rankings: I base my rankings how a particular team is doing that week. If a particular team is No. 4, they hold at least that position, unless, in my view, they have played their way out, either by losing or not playing up to expectations against a particular opponent. If a team is rated No. 3 one week, they meet expectations by winning, and the second-ranked team loses, the move up. It’s no different than what the Associated Press does with its rankings. AP moved Alabama up to No. 1 after Florida was sluggish the week before, then moved them back after Alabama almost lost the next week. No different here.

UPDATE: St. Lucy’s rallies to beat Glendora, 22-25, 25-16, 26-24, 29-27
Deanna Dalton and Alissa Young had 14 kills each to lead the Regents (23-3, 7-0), who rallied back from a 12-4 deficit to outlast the stubborn Tartans (7-4, 3-2), who received 19 kills from Valerie Brain.
Glendora led 12-4 in the third game and 17-10 in the fourth, but couldn’t hold off St. Lucy’s, which clinched the match on back-to-back kills by Jasmine Warmington and Brenda Moscoso. There was also a funny set of circumstances in the second game. Glendora won the first game, 25-22, and jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second when game officials noticed a line-up discrepancy in Glendora’s rotation. They ruled to restart the game. But this time St. Lucy’s jumped out to the early advantage, taking leads of 7-3 and 17-7 before winning, 25-16.
St. Lucy’s coach Sean Douglas: “This is a group where I can challenge them, and they like to rise to challenges. I don’t like playing matches like this, when they are crazy. But when push comes to shove, we push pretty hard, and I’m proud of them.”
Glendora coach Jennifer Barbone: “I had never seen that before. But I tell my girls all the time that you can’t make execuses, so that’s not an excuse. You have to play no matter what.”
Bontia def. Los Altos, 25-22, 25-15, 21-25, 25-21
Allie LaPierre (B) 25 kills, Katie Kirby (B) 21 kills, Victoria Dennis (B) 10 kills.
Other Scores
Del Rey League

Bishop Amat def. St. Paul 12-25, 25-18, 20-25, 26-24, 15-12
Miramonte League
Diamond Ranch def. Charter Oak 24-26, 25-20, 25-14, 25-23.
Montview League
Bassett def. Sierra Vista 25-16, 19-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15-10.
Gladstone def. Workman 25-15, 25-21. 25-11.
San Antonio League
South Hills def. Nogales 25-6, 25-11, 25-9.
Walnut def. West Covina 25-16, 25-12, 25-6.

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