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Digging Into the Volleyball Power Rankings (10/25)

Posted: 10-26-2016 | Categories: Volleyball

As the power rankings have solidified at the top, intrigue picks up a little ways down the seeding lines. Traditional powers mixed with new blood provide the potential for seriously captivating drama.

It's time to see who is ready for the spotlight.

 

Ranking

School

From Last Week

Record

#1

Mt. Carmel

Up 1

28-9

#2

St. Joseph’s Academy

Down 1

29-6

#3

Mandeville

Up 1

23-7

#4

St. Amant

Down 1

26-8

#5

Slidell

---

28-10

#6

Fontainebleau

---

31-9

#7

Northshore

---

21-11

#8

Archbishop Chapelle

Up 1

19-12

#9

Hahnville

Down 1

23-10

#10

Comeaux

---

23-12

 

Hahnville High School is only 18 miles from the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, but its felt light years away for the Tiger volleyball program. It has been 11 years since we’ve seen Hahnville at the volleyball state tournament, but this year’s squad is poised to end that streak. After an undefeated run through district 6-I, the Tigers will look to do what they haven’t done since 2007 and advance to the 2nd round.

The top eight seeds are guaranteed a 1st round bye, so if Hahnville can jump Archbishop Chapelle in the last days of the regular season, they’ll only need to beat the Chipmunks in the #8 vs. #9 match-up in the 2nd round for a trip to Kenner.

 

Ranking

School

From Last Week

Record

#1

St. Thomas More

---

26-7

#2

Assumption

---

28-5

#3

St. Scholastica

---

23-11

#4

Central (BR)

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26-8

#5

Academy of Our Lady

Up 1

24-9

#6

Sam Houston

Up 1

26-11

#7

South Terrebonne

Down 2

18-12

#8

Lakeshore

---

23-14

#9

Ben Franklin

Up 1

22-14

#10

Belle Chasse

Down 1

15-18

 

Two teams very familiar with each other are currently sitting on opposite sides of the bracket. #5 Academy of Our Lady has knocked #7 South Terrebonne out of the Division II playoffs the past two seasons to clinch a spot at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. So far in 2016, the sides have met twice, splitting the matches with almost two months in between.

Division II has been owned by St. Thomas More the past four years, but two of the past three seasons a #6 and #7 seed have made a run to the finals only to be upended by the Cougars. STM certainly looks primed for another deep run, but so do those teams lurking in the #5 – #7 range. Watch out for the Penguins and Gators.

 

Ranking

School

From Last Week

Record

#1

Teurlings Catholic

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29-4

#2

Ursuline Academy

---

33-2

#3

Vandebilt Catholic

---

25-7

#4

St. Michael the Archangel

---

24-5

#5

Brusly

---

31-7

#6

Parkview Baptist

---

23-10

#7

Iota

---

26-4

#8

Northside

---

22-10

#9

St. Martinville

---

20-12

#10

Lutcher

---

13-19

 

The top five in Division III didn’t change last week, so this week the #6 – #10 seeds followed their lead. Perhaps we are in the calm before the storm of the playoffs.

Speaking of which, only eight teams advance to the big stage at the Pontchartrain Center. Assuming the seeds hold, district 4-III rivals #8 Northside and #9 St. Martinville would meet with a ticket to Kenner on the line. St. Martinville swept both regular season matches, but each were extremely close and competitive.

 

Ranking

School

From Last Week

Record

#1

Pope John Paul II

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31-1

#2

Archbishop Hannan

---

31-3

#3

Riverside Academy

---

32-3

#4

Isidore Newman

---

24-9

#5

Notre Dame

---

21-11

#6

University Lab

Up 1

24-8

#7

Academy of Sacred Heart (NO)

Down 1

21-11

#8

Haynes Academy

Up 4

16-10

#9

Dunham

Down 1

12-15

#10

St. Thomas Aquinas

Down 1

13-16

 

Division IV has had a pretty dominant top seven in the power rankings for several weeks now. There has been a little fluctuation amongst those teams, but no one has been able to break into the top seven in a long time. Assuming that group advances to the quarterfinals in Kenner, that leaves one spot to be determined by the #8 vs. #9 match-up.

Haynes Academy found themselves at #10 only two weeks ago before slipping down to #12. However, after a 5-1 week, the Yellow Jackets look like they have a firm grasp on the #8 seed right near the end of the regular season. Maybe they are peaking at the right time.

 

Ranking

School

From Last Week

Record

#1

Ascension Episcopal

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26-6

#2

Louise McGehee

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37-4

#3

Metairie Park Country Day

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25-9

#4

Central Catholic

---

26-11

#5

Lafayette Christian

Up 3

18-12

#6

Houma Christian

Down 1

20-11

#7

St. John

Down 1

22-13

#8

St. Martin’s Episcopal

Down 1

29-9

#9

Highland Baptist

---

21-11

#10

Westminster Christian

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22-7

 

#1 Ascension Episcopal, #2 Louise McGehee and #3 Metairie Park Country Day have looked like the cream of the crop in Division V all season. But the questions remains: Who is the next best team?

St. Martin’s Episcopal looked to be that team for much of the season, but the Saints have slipped off in the power rankings the last two weeks, dropping from #4 to #8 where they currently reside. #4 Central Catholic and #5 Lafayette Christian have been patiently climbing the rankings for about a month now and they both now look prepared to strike.

As similar as the Eagles and Knights ascents have looked recently, their volleyballs traditions are polar opposites. Lafayette Christian has only played volleyball for five years now and never been to the Pontchartrain Center. Central Catholic, on the other hand, put together a string of consecutive semifinal appearances from 2010-2013.

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