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Six new teams cracked the Top 25 in this week's Xcellent 25 National Volleyball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard. But the big question is how far Gabriel Richard (Ann Arbor, Mich.) will climb when the final rankings are released Dec. 8.
In winning the Michigan Class B state title last Saturday, Gabriel Richard ran its record to 42-0 and moved up to No. 3 in this week's rankings. Gabriel Richard swept through the postseason winning all eight matches and did not lose a set in the process. For the season, the Irish won 102 sets. The 42 victories include a win over No. 7 Novi.
Gabriel Richard first cracked the Top 25 on Sept. 22 at No. 19. It broke into the Top 10 in October and moved to No. 6 on Nov. 1, then to No. 4 on Nov. 17.
Indiana 4A champion Indianapolis Cathedral remained No. 1, followed by No. 2 Jesuit (Portland, Ore.). Can the Irish keep climbing to overtake Jesuit and Indianapolis Cathedral?
Despite winning its final 47 matches and winning the state 5A title, St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.) slipped from No. 3 to No. 4. Torrey Pines (San Diego) remained No. 5 after advancing to the California Division I regional playoffs and extending its winning streak to 27.
New to the Top 25 this week are Hebron (Carrollton, Tex.), La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.), Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (N.Y.) and three California teams – Archbishop Mitty (San Jose), Redwood (Larkspur) and Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo). Mitty was ranked in the Top 25 earlier this season.
The four California teams appear headed to a showdown with Torrey Pines and Trabuco Hills in the D-1 tournament and Redwood and Mitty in D-2 divisional play.See volleyball playoff brackets from around the nation
MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Volleyball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard
1. (No. 1 last week) Cathedral (Indianapolis), 36-0 *Season over
The Fighting Irish won the state 4A title.2. (2) Jesuit (Portland, Ore.), 32-0 *Season over
The Crusaders won the state 6A title for the second year in row and extended their win streak to 69.3. (4) Gabriel Richard (Ann Arbor, Mich.), 42-0 *Season over
Gabriel Richard blanked North Branch to win the Class B championship and swept through the state tournament without losing a set. For the season, Gabriel Richard won 102 sets while losing just six. 4. (3) St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.), 46-1 *Season over
The Thunder won the 5A state title.5. (5) Torrey Pines (San Diego), 34-1
The Falcons won the CIF San Diego Section Open Division title and extended their win streak to 27. They will host El Camino Real (Woodland Hills) in the first round of the Division I regional playoffs. 6. (6) P.K. Yonge (Gainesville, Fla.), 31-1 *Season over
P.K. Yonge captured the state 3A title.7. (7) Novi (Mich.), 55-2 *Season over
The Wildcats captured the state large school title by defeating defending champion Romeo. The two teams met in 2014 with Romeo coming out on top.8. (8) Winter Springs (Fla.), 30-2 *Season over
Winter Springs captured the state 8A title.9. (9) Morgan (Utah), 32-0 *Season over
The Trojans won the Utah 3A title.10. (10) Desert Vista (Phoenix), 43-3 *Season over
The Thunder finished the season with 20 straight wins and a state large school title.11. (16) Eaton (Colo.), 28-0 *Season over
Eaton won its third-straight 3A title.12. (17) Buford (Ga.), 41-0 *Season over
Buford won the state 4A championship.13. (13) Edmond North (Okla.), 32-1 *Season over
The Huskies won the state 6A title.14. (18) Parkland (Allentown, Pa.), 36-2 *Season over
Down 2-0, Parkland rallied to win its second-straight state 4A title.15. (NR) Hebron (Carrollton, Texas), 43-5 *Season over
Behind the play of tournament MVP Jordan Yauch
(21 kills), the Hawks defeated previously ranked No. 11 Fort Bend Austin to win the state 6A title.16. (19) Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), 36-7 *Season over
The Rockets won Kentucky's state title.17. (20) St. Francis (Wheaton, Ill.), 39-3 *Season over
St. Francis captured the 4A state title.18. (24) Dripping Springs (Texas), 51-3 *Season over
Behind the play of tournament MVP Morgyn Greer
(27 kills, 12 digs), Dripping Springs defeated defending champion Lovejoy (Lucas) to win the 5A state title.19. (NR) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.), 31-5
Mitty, a winner in 15 of its last 16 matches, plays 27-8 Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa) on Tuesday in the Northern California Division II regional playoffs.20. (21) George Washington (Charleston, W. Va.), 65-1-1 *Season over
The Patriots won the state 3A championship last weekend and lost just 12 sets in 67 matches.21. (22) Brentwood (Tenn.), 53-3 *Season over
Brentwood won the state AAA championship.22. (NR) Redwood (Larkspur, Calif.), 40-4
Led by junior setter Mari Molina
(12.1 assists per set), the Giants host Bella Vista (Fair Oaks) in the NorCal Division II regional playoffs. The Giants' last loss was on Oct. 17 to No. 19 Mitty.23. (NR) La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.), 22-0 *Season over
Losers of just seven sets all season, the Bears won the state 6A title over Cleveland (Rio Rancho) last Saturday.24. (NR) Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Burnt Hills, N.Y.), 43-1-4 *Season over
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake captured the state Class A title with a Sunday victory over Panas. The team's only loss this season was Sept. 19.25. (NR) Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo, Calif.), 31-4
The Mustangs captured the CIF Southern Section 1AA title to move into the regional playoffs Tuesday against previously ranked and 29-4 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego).Dropped out:
Mattawan (Mich.), Santiago (Calif.), Severna Park (Md.), Andover (Mass.), Fort Bend Austin (Texas), Williamsville East (N.Y.).