With the NCS playoffs starting this week and the CCS tournament starting soon, the elite volleyball teams in the Bay Area are ready to begin their second, more important season.

As usual, both St. Francis and Archbishop Matti retained the top spots in the rankings.

Sacred Heart Prep has had the best form of any team outside of the top two over the past month, and has slowly moved up to third in the rankings.

St. Ignatius has finally fallen out of the rankings after a tough season. It is replaced by 26-8 Los Altos.

And with all that, on to the rankings!

Bay Area Newsgroup Top 15

(Mercury News And East Bay Times)

(Records as of Monday)

No. 1 St. Francis (27-0)

Previous Rating: 1

UPDATE: The Lancers edged closer to an undefeated regular season with 3-0 wins over St. Ignatius and Valley Christian. St. Francis will travel to No. 2 Archbishop Mitty to end its season.

Next: Wednesday at Archbishop Matty, 6 p.m

No. 2 Archbishop Clay (26-6)

Previous Rating: 2

UPDATE: The Monarchs swept Sacred Heart Cathedral and Presentation to improve their WCAL record to 8-1. MItty hosts No. 1 St. Francis on Wednesday, and has a chance to avenge a 3-0 loss to the Lancers a few weeks ago.

Next: Wednesday vs. St. Francis, 6 p.m

No. 3 Preparation of the Sacred Heart (21-4)

Previous Rating: 5

UPDATE: The Gators’ win streak now stands at 15 after the team beat Mercy and Notre Dame. Sacred Heart Prep ends its season against Notre Dame San Jose.

Next: Tuesday vs. Notre Dame San Jose, 6:30 p.m

No. 4 Monte Vista (27-5)

Previous Rating: 3

UPDATE: The Mustangs played a tough slate of games to close out the regular season. The team won matches against ranked opponents in Dublin and Amador Valley, but also dropped a contest at San Ramon Valley.

Next: Playoffs TBD

No. 5 Foothill (25-8)

Previous Rating: 4

UPDATE: After winning its eighth straight match by beating Dougherty Valley, Foothill lost two straight 3-2 matches to Amador Valley and San Ramon Valley to end the season. Foothill plays Mission San Jose in the NCS playoffs.

Next: Today vs. Mission San Jose, 6:00 p.m

No. 6 Campolando (22-7)

Previous Rating: 6

UPDATE: Campolando ended their regular season on a winning note with wins over Benicia and Northgate. The team’s playoff opponent has yet to be determined.

Next: Playoff opponent TBD

No. 7 San Ramon Valley (23-7)

Previous Rating: 7

UPDATE: The Wolves beat Livermore and a top-ranked Foothill team, and then split two games against Monte Vista to finish the season with a 3-1 week. San Ramon Valley will play Deer Valley in the NCS playoffs.

Next: Today vs. Deer Valley, 7:00 p.m

No. 8: Valley Christian (17-7)

Previous Rating: 8

UPDATE: Valley Christian beat Sacred Heart Cathedral to start the week, but also lost to St. Francis.

Next: Today vs. St. Ignatius, 6:00 p.m

No. 9 Carondelet (20-10)

Previous Rating: 9

UPDATE: Carondelet finished its regular season with 3-0 wins over Granada and California. Next up is a playoff game against Ukiah on Wednesday.

Next: Wednesday vs. Ukiah, 7:00 p.m

No. 10 Bishop O’Dowd (30-7)

Previous Rating: 10

UPDATE: The Dragons finished their regular season with a six-game winning streak. Bishop O’Dowd won at Encinal and Berkeley and will wait to see who its playoff opponent will be.

Next: Playoffs TBD

No. 11 Amador Valley (22-5)

Previous Rank: 13

UPDATE: Amador Valley took down California and then picked up a big win against a Foothill-ranked team earlier in the week, and then dropped a close 3-2 game to Monte Vista. Amador Valley hosts Liberty in the NCS playoffs later today.

No. 12 Burlingame (24-6)

Previous Rating: 11

UPDATE: Burlingame went 5-1 last week with wins over Hillsdale, Carlmont, Santa Cruz, Milpitas and Wilcox. Burlingame then lost to Branham.

Next: Today vs. Half Moon Bay, 6:15 p.m

No. 13 Dublin (13-6)

Previous Rank: 12

Update: Dublin lost 3-0 to Monte Vista, and then traveled to Dougherty Valley and beat that team 3-1. Dublin play Vintage in the NCS playoffs.

Next: Today vs. Vintage, 7:00 p.m

Next: Today vs. Liberty, 7:00 p.m

No. 14 Sacred Heart Cathedral (11-13)

Previous Rating: 15

UPDATE: Sacred Heart Cathedral opened its week with WCAL losses to Valley Christian and Clay, but bounced back with wins over Harbor and Branham.

Next: Today vs. Presentation, 6 p.m

No. 15 LOS ALTOS (26-8)

Previous Rating: NR

UPDATE: Los Altos has won 11 straight at one point, then dropped two straight against Branham and Wilcox to start the week. Los Altos then defeated Lee at the end of the week. Los Altos is a team that has been teetering on the edge of the rankings for the past few weeks, and it makes its inclusion thanks to strong work.

Next: Today vs. Los Gatos, 6:45 p.m

Teams eligible for the Bay Area News Group rankings come primarily from leagues based in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. For the most recent records, please email highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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