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Digging Into the Volleyball Power Rankings (10/4)

Posted: 10-05-2016 | Categories: Volleyball

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” – Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

I don’t think the 19th-century French novelist was talking about high school volleyball, but I could be wrong. The statement sure sounds appropriate considering this week’s power rankings.

Last week we saw serious movement all around the top 10 in each division. 14 different teams rose or fell in the power rankings by at least 3 spots. This week, that number is only four and no more than one in a division. As the calendar moves to October we haven't been introduced to many new faces among the LHSAA volleyball elite, but we have seen shuffling from within.

 

Ranking

School

From Last Week

Record

#1

St. Joseph’s Academy

Up 1

20-2

#2

Slidell

Down 1

18-5

#3

Fontainebleau

Up 1

19-4

#4

Northshore

Down 1

13-4

#5

Mt. Carmel

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12-5

#6

Mandeville

Up 1

13-6

#7

Hahnville

Up 1

17-7

#8

Archbishop Chapelle

Down 2

11-6

#9

St. Amant

Up 3

10-7

#10

Barbe

Up 1

12-7

 

St. Amant took care of business this week in district and out. The Gators stayed undefeated in district 4-I beating Walker and bitter rival #12 Dutchtown. But arguably their biggest win came on Saturday against Metairie Park Country Day, the #4 team in Division V.

When you only have one game in a week and it is against the top team in your division, you better make it count. Fontainebleau did just that. The Bulldogs were rude hosts to previously top-ranked Slidell, sending the Tigers home after four sets. After a 2-3 start to the season, Fontainebleau has won 17 of 18 matches.

 

Ranking

School

From Last Week

Record

#1

Assumption

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17-2

#2

St. Thomas More

Up 1

12-5

#3

Sam Houston

Down 1

15-6

#4

Central (BR)

Up 3

14-6

#5

Academy of Our Lady

Down 1

13-5

#6

Lakeshore

Down 1

15-10

#7

South Terrebonne

Up 1

10-7

#8

St. Scholastica

Down 2

9-7

#9

Ben Franklin

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15-9

#10

Live Oak

Up 1

11-8

 

Sam Houston dropped all three of their matches this past week to the #1 seed in Division V Ascension Episcopal as well as two teams from Division I, #10 Barbe & #12 Dutchtown. But have no fear Bronco fans, your squad has proven to be quite streaky. Sam Houston won five in a row early on, before besting that with an eight match winning streak prior to last week. District 1-II means the Broncos will be seeing #2 St. Thomas More twice before the playoffs.

 

Ranking

School

From Last Week

Record

#1

Teurlings Catholic

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17-1

#2

St. Michael the Archangel

Up 1

21-3

#3

Ursuline Academy

Up 2

23-1

#4

Vandebilt Catholic

Down 1

14-4

#5

Brusly

Down 1

23-4

#6

Northside

Up 1

18-3

#7

Parkview Baptist

Down 1

13-5

#8

Iota

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20-3

#9

St. Martinville

Up 1

11-6

#10

Lutcher

Up 2

9-9

 

It’s hard to beat an undefeated week. It’s really, really hard to beat a 7-0 week.

So that’s just what Ursuline Academy and Iota pulled off.

Despite their perfect week and sweeping the Delcambre Tournament, Iota held firm in the #8 spot. The Bulldogs did creep within the slimmest of margins as they only sit 0.01 points behind #7 Parkview Baptist in the power rankings.

Ursuline Academy, however, took advantage of their week and jumped over both #4 Vandebilt Catholic and #5 Brusly. After winning the Riverside Academy Tourney, the Lions capped off the week with a hard-earned four set victory against Division I’s #8 Archbishop Chapelle Chipmunks.

 

Ranking

School

From Last Week

Record

#1

Pope John Paul II

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19-0

#2

Isidore Newman

Up 1

17-6

#3

Riverside Academy

Down 1

23-2

#4

Archbishop Hannan

---

11-3

#5

University Lab

---

16-8

#6

Academy of Sacred Heart (NO)

---

12-8

#7

Notre Dame

---

13-8

#8

Madison Prep

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13-6

#9

St. Thomas Aquinas

Up 5

12-10

#10

Northlake Christian

Down 1

10-4

 

There were very few ripples across the Division IV waters. Six out of the ten teams found themselves exactly where they were a week ago.

However, for the second straight week Newman and Riverside have flip-flopped places behind #1 Pope John Paul II. While both competed in Riverside tournament over the weekend, the Greenies came up short both times they saw Ursuline Academy.

So why did Newman slip back ahead of Riverside? Easy. The Greenies took the head-to-head meeting with the Rebels.

If all seeds hold, these two are on a collision course to meet in the semifinals at the Pontchartrain Center. That is going to be fun.

 

Ranking

School

From Last Week

Record

#1

Ascension Episcopal

Up 1

16-3

#2

Louise McGehee

Down 1

20-4

#3

St. Martin’s Episcopal

Up 1

21-4

#4

Metairie Park Country Day

Down 1

11-5

#5

St. John

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15-7

#6

Central Catholic

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20-10

#7

Houma Christian

Up 4

10-9

#8

Lafayette Christian

Up 2

12-7

#9

Highland Baptist

Down 2

15-7

#10

White Castle

Down 1

8-5

 

Houma Christian made the big jump in Division V. The Lions travelled to the Delcambre Tournament last weekend and came home with a 3-1 record. Their only loss? The aforementioned Iota Bulldogs who simply could not lose last week.

Long considered among the best teams in the state in spite of being in Division V with the smallest schools, Metairie Park Country Day isn’t afraid to measure themselves against the teams ranked atop the larger divisions. In the past seven days the Cajuns scheduled three Division I sides (#4 Northshore, #5 Mt. Carmel & #9 St. Amant) and one Division II side (#8 St. Scholastica).

So how’d they do? Won 2 and lost 2. Country Day is out there proving school enrollment ain’t nothing but a number.

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