Girls Volleyball Rankings: St. Lucy’s No. 1 with Los Altos, Bonita, South Hills and Walnut to follow

Upcoming: Steve Ramirez is covering the first huge volleyball game of the season on Monday, September 13, Los Altos at St. Lucy’s, 5:30 p.m.. We will have our cameras there, make sure the action is worth it.

By Steve Ramirez
Los Altos and Bonita high schools made history last season. St. Lucy’s Priory and South Hills continued with their winning traditions. The powers of the Valley, however, know that means very little for the 2010 girls volleyball season, which begins today. The key for success will be who can best wipe the slate clean. “That was yesterday,” said second-year Los Altos coach Jaime Ornelas of last season’s run to the Conquerors’ first CIF-Southern Section title, when they beat rival Bonita for the Division 3-AA championship. “We are done celebrating. We are focused on this year.”

Tribune Top Ten
No. 1 St. Lucy’s (27-5)
Armed with a solid nucleus of returners, the Regents are aiming to make another run at a CIF-SS title after advancing to the 2-AA quarterfinals the past two years.
The loaded St. Lucy’s lineup features all-area outside hitter Deanna Dalton, who had 221 kills and 14 blocks last season; setter Jackie Macy, who was All-CIF-SS Division 2; hitters Megan Callen and Alyssa Young; and opposite Jasmine Warmington. “I think we are going to have a really strong season,” said St. Lucy’s coach Sean Douglas, whose Regents begin the season ranked No. 3 in 2-AA. “We’re a year older, but we’re pretty loaded. The girls are pretty focused. We have big aspirations, but we also look at it one game at a time.”

No. 2 Los Altos (30-9)
The Conquerors, who begin the season ranked No. 1 in 2-A, made history last season, and have all the parts in place for a repeat performance. It starts in the hitting zone, where Los Altos is expected to feature two of the better attackers in the area in seniors Jazmen Russell at outside hitter and Amanda Brown at middle blocker. The duo combined for nearly 500 kills last season. Russell was first-team All- CIF-SS Division 3 and all-area. Los Altos also will feature setter Krystal Castellanos and libero Jennifer Filatoff. “We’ve challenged ourselves to work on this season and not worry about last year,” Ornelas said. “We realize this year offers new challenges.” Los Altos will battle Bonita in the new Hacienda League.

No. 3 Bonita (18-8)
The Bearcats also made history last season, just not in the way it was expecting to after advancing to the program’s first CIF-SS final before dropping the 3-AA title to Los Altos. Area Player of the Year Allie LaPierre is gone, but the Bearcats look forceful with CIF-SS Division 3 co- Player of the Year Ashley Maxfeldt at setter, outside hitter Katie Kirby, middle blocker Victoria Dennis and opposite Danielle Lines. “I have high expectations every year for my athletes, and believe this group of girls has the talent and the drive to make it to the CIF- SS finals again,” Bonita coach Adriana Contreras said. “They practice hard every day and are extremely motivated to compete.”

No. 4 South Hills (21-8)
Three-time first-team all-area player Melinda Gomez is gone, but the cupboard isn’t bare in West Covina. The Huskies will challenge in the Sierra League with Jackie Valle- Acosta, Marisa Gomez (Melinda’s younger sister) and setter Breanne Hunter. “We look pretty good,” South Hills coach Charm Doyle said. “We had a good summer, so I’m pretty optimistic. I like the potential of this team.”

No. 5 Walnut (12-6)
The Mustangs, who begin the season ranked No. 4 in Division 2-A, are led by senior setter Leau Quiocho, who had 633 assists last year.

No. 6 San Dimas (21-5)
The Saints have ruled the Valle Vista League the past two seasons, and that’s expected to continue with the return of league co-MVP Nicole Ellis. The senior hitter had 259 kills last season. San Dimas’ lineup also features all-league players Kaileen Mejia at middle hitter and Courtney Hine at setter.

No. 7 Glendora (11-6)
The Tartans have been a playoff team the past few seasons, but will be tested in their move to the Baseline League.

No. 8 Bishop Amat (12-9)
The Lancers are led by senior outside hitter Chelsey Martinez and senior opposite Yesenia Ibrahim.

No. 9 La Puente (12-5)
The Warriors, ranked No. 6 in Division 4-A, are led by senior outside hitter Rocio Armendariz, who was the Montview League MVP, and sophomore outside hitter Elisa Valenzuela, who was first-team all- league.

No. 10 Ganesha (22-6)
The Giants, led by Claudia Mosqueda and Maria Muro, will challenge in the Montview League.

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  • vballer

    I like the rankings for the most part. I would switch LA and Bonita. And I think I would move Glendora up above San Dimas and Walnut. Im sure we will see lots of movement in the first few weeks. Most of these top teams will see eachother, sometimes twice. Should be an exciting season.

  • BoHi VBall

    Sorry to report that the Lady Cats got crushed last nite by BA. It’s early in the season and the bcats will rebound. On another note the girls field hockey teams, Var & JV, won there first game of the season. Go Lady Cats

  • Basic

    BoHi…
    Are you sure about the Lady Bearcats getting crushed last night???

  • http://bearcatmom bearcatmom

    BoHi VBall is wrong – perhaps they meant to say the Lady Bearcats CRUSHED Bishop Amat in three games. Please… if you are going to take the time out to blog do you think you can accurately state the outcome of games? Congrats to Bonita Varsity volleyball girls, you were great!

  • http://bearcatmom bearcatmom

    Let’s get the story right. The Lady Bearcats CRUSHED Bishop Amat in three. Not really sure where that story came from, as the Bonita High School varsity team came out and played strong. Way to begin the season! Parents, I know MOST of you mean well but if you are going to take the time to blog, at least get the real story.

  • Robert

    Kudos to Steve and Fred:
    Great job……………Can’t argue with any rankings. As far as I know, nobody has played anybody yet. I think that is why they call it preseason. Play hard ladies and establish your own rankings on the court.

  • vballer

    Wow. So already there is an upset and a change to the rankings. Bishop Amat beat Bonita? Was that a scrimmage or a real game?

  • vballer

    I now see the previous comments. Bonita beat LA. That sounds a little more like it.

  • FredJ

    Steve Ramirez is covering the first huge volleyball game of the season on Monday, September 13, Los Altos at St. Lucy’s, 5:30 p.m.

    If there are other huge games that deserve coverage, feel free to post dates and times, we consider it all. Steve will post weekly volleyball ranking threads, plus threads of games and other volleyball chatter during the season. If there are topics you would like to discuss, email Steve at steve.ramirez@sgvn.com

    Also, from what I understand, there will be a girls volleyball senior all-star game this season. When I get more details, will let you know.

  • GHigh

    Ganesha Def. Chaffey 25-13, 27-25, 25-13 tonight. We still have to improve a lot, but we have made a lot of progress since summer.
    Good luck to all SGV teams-should be a great season.

  • sgvolley

    I heard that Glendora defeated Walnut, can anyone confirm or deny?

  • vball

    Los Osos defeated St. Lucys in 4. St. Lucys had the lead all 4 sets, just couldnt close the deal.

    Both teams look solid! It felt like a play off match!

    Gotta love good volleyball

  • VB Fan

    Charter Oak defeated San Dimas in 4. Should have been in 3, but had a rought start in the 3rd game. Fun games to watch! It proved that you can’t just go by rankings — volleyball is so unpredictable. Good Luck Chargers!

  • vballer

    Lots of shake up to the rankings all ready. So we have St. Lucy’s losing, Bonita beating BA(not LA, sorry)San Dimas losing to CO, and Glendora beating Walnut. Los Osos is a tough team. I believe they are hosting a big tournament this weekend. What teams are going to be there?

  • With all due respect

    St. Lucy’s losing to Los Osos (CIF Div 1-A ranked #6) is not the same as Bonita beating unranked Bishop Amat. The rankings shouldn’t change.
    St. Lucy’s won this week against Flintridge Sacred Heart another Div 1-A team.

  • vball

    I agree, St. Lucy’s lost to one of the best teams in the Area.

    The Local Rankings dont mean much but as for as CIF goes it might have hurt them a bit.

    A loss is a loss.

    FYI: LOS OSOS was one of the top two teams I saw this summer, so St. Lucys had a tough match.

    Playing at Los Osos didnt help either, its like playing inside a concrete coffin.

    St. Lucys has a tough a schedule!

    Los Osos
    Los Altos
    Bonita
    Rancho
    South Hills

    Good luck to them!

  • sgvolley

    Tournament results from this weekend?

  • sgvolley

    Los Osos Tourney
    For first and second
    Los Osos over Riverside in three (2 out of 3)
    For third and fourth
    El Toro over Patriot in two (2 out of 3)

  • Regent For Life

    St. Lucys beat Los Altos tonight. Great game! :)

  • Your 15 seconds r up

    St Lucy’s destroyed los altos in 3.

  • Your 15 seconds r up

    St Lucy’s destroyed los altos in 3.

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