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Digging Into the Volleyball Power Rankings (10/18)

Posted: 10-20-2016 | Categories: Volleyball

Last week four of the five divisions had the same flag flying at the top of the mountain as the previous week. This week, only four teams across all five divisions catapulted over the wall dividing the top four from each division from the rest.

The later we move into the LHSAA Volleyball season, the harder it becomes to gain ground on teams with spectacular résumés of their own. The chances to impress at this are few and far between.

At some point, teams are who they are.

 

Ranking

School

From Last Week

Record

#1

St. Joseph’s Academy

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26-6

#2

Mt. Carmel

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25-9

#3

St. Amant

Up 4

25-8

#4

Mandeville

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21-7

#5

Slidell

Down 2

25-9

#6

Fontainebleau

Down 1

25-7

#7

Northshore

Down 1

17-9

#8

Hahnville

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21-8

#9

Archbishop Chapelle

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18-11

#10

Comeaux

Up 3

21-12

 

It’s quite possible that no volleyball team in the LHSAA has had a better week than the St. Amant Gators in 2016. St. Amant bookended the week with district 4-I wins against East Ascension and Walker, but in the middle the Gators dominated the Vandebilt Catholic-hosted Kenner Classic at the Pontchartrain Center. St. Amant was able to jump four spots in the power rankings by going 7-0 in Kenner with four victories over top-5 ranked teams in Division I (#5 Slidell, #2 Mt. Carmel, #1 St. Joseph’s Academy twice).

 

Ranking

School

From Last Week

Record

#1

St. Thomas More

Up 1

23-6

#2

Assumption

Down 1

26-4

#3

St. Scholastica

Up 2

19-8

#4

Central (BR)

Up 3

24-7

#5

South Terrebonne

Up 1

16-9

#6

Academy of Our Lady

Down 2

21-7

#7

Sam Houston

Down 4

24-10

#8

Lakeshore

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20-14

#9

Belle Chasse

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14-17

#10

Ben Franklin

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20-14

 

We got a preview of the Division II state tournament at Newman Invitational Tournament over the weekend. The top three teams in Division II all faced off against each other as the St. Thomas More Cougars defeated both #2 Assumption in the semifinals and #3 St. Scholastica in the finals to jump to the top spot in the power rankings.

St. Scholastica, however, knocked off the Mustangs to continue their recent climb. The Doves have ascended five spots in the power rankings over the past two weeks with only their only loss being to the Cougars in that span.

 

Ranking

School

From Last Week

Record

#1

Teurlings Catholic

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20-3

#2

Ursuline Academy

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32-1

#3

Vandebilt Catholic

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23-7

#4

St. Michael the Archangel

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24-5

#5

Brusly

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28-4

#6

Parkview Baptist

Up 3

17-9

#7

Iota

Down 1

25-3

#8

Northside

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21-9

#9

St. Martinville

Down 2

19-12

#10

Lutcher

Up 2

12-15

 

The top five in Division III remain unchanged from last week, and looking at each individual school’s power ranking, they might not change the rest of the season. If any team does have a chance to make some waves it’s the #5 Parkview Baptist Eagles. Parkview took care of district 6-III foe #4 St. Michael at home in their first meeting, but the two will close out the season on the Warriors home floor.

 

Ranking

School

From Last Week

Record

#1

Pope John Paul II

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30-1

#2

Archbishop Hannan

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24-3

#3

Riverside Academy

Up 1

29-3

#4

Isidore Newman

Down 1

22-9

#5

Notre Dame

Up 2

20-10

#6

Academy of Sacred Heart (NO)

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20-11

#7

University Lab

Down 2

22-8

#8

Dunham

Up 4

9-12

#9

St. Thomas Aquinas

Down 1

13-15

#10

Northlake Christian

Up 1

13-10

 

It finally happened. The Pope John Paul II Jaguars have lost an in-state volleyball match.

After a fantastic run, #1 Pope John Paul II came face-to-face with the two-time defending Division I state champion Mt. Carmel Cubs in the finals of the Kenner Classic over the weekend, losing in a three set thriller. The victory gave the Cubs a season split with PJP that only lasted two days, when the Jaguars hosted Mt. Carmel on the Northshore and decidedly took the rubber match.

In the meantime, possibly the most anticipated regular season match of 2016 is lurking next week in district 4-IV. #2 Archbishop Hannan is out for revenge as they host Pope John Paul on October 25. After falling to the Jaguars in district and the Division IV finals in 2015, the Hawks have already dropped a match to PJP in the Ursuline Academy-hosted Catholic League tournament over a month ago. Tuesday’s district clash will give Hannan one last run at the #1 seed before the state tournament.

 

Ranking

School

From Last Week

Record

#1

Ascension Episcopal

Up 1

23-6

#2

Louise McGehee

Up 1

30-4

#3

Metairie Park Country Day

Down 2

22-9

#4

Central Catholic

Up 1

25-10

#5

Houma Christian

Up 1

18-10

#6

St. John

Up 1

18-9

#7

St. Martin’s Episcopal

Down 3

27-8

#8

Lafayette Christian

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16-11

#9

Highland Baptist

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21-10

#10

Westminster Christian

Up 3

20-7

 

Have no fear, St. Martin’s Episcopal fans. Falling 3 spots to #7 this week should not be cause for alarm. The Saints didn’t have to travel far to compete in the Kenner Classic, but a 1-4 showing made for a long bus ride home. But when you dig deeper you see St. Martin’s four losses were to #1 & #3 seeds in Division I, St. Joseph’s Academy and St. Amant, #5 Notre Dame from Division IV and last year’s Division II runner-up Cabrini.

St. Martin’s Episcopal has a chance to rebound versus Division IV’s #4 Isidore Newman and district rival #3 Metairie Park Country Day to close the year.

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