Video: Top 25 high school volleyball rankings
Myckena Guerrero breaks down movement in this week's national rankings.
Three teams joined the rankings for the first time this season, two teams returned and Assumption (Louisville, Ky.) remained atop MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National High School Volleyball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard.
Joining the Top 25 for the first time this season are Kentridge (Kent, Wash.), once beaten Immaculate Heart (Washington Township, N.J.) and Pius X (Lincoln, Ne.).
Kentridge has yet to lose this season while Pius X and Immaculate Heart knocked off previously ranked teams.
Returning to the Top 25 were Eagan (Minn.) and Sterling (Ill.). Eagan supplanted previously ranked Champlain (MN), while Sterling won twice last week to run its record to 34-1.
While five teams fell from the Top 25, No. 1 Assumption continued to run on all cylinders in extending its winning streak to 55. It would be an understatement to say the Rockets are heavy favorites to win their 21st Kentucky state title.
Five teams in the Top 25 reached 40 wins for the season last week — Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas), Millennium (Goodyear, Ariz.), Cedar Falls, (Iowa), Ridge Point (Missouri City, Texas) and the Woodlands (Texas). It was a milestone for Byron Nelson, Millennium, Cedar Falls and Ridge Point. It was the fifth time in school history for The Woodlands.
MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National High School Volleyball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard
The Rockets, riding a win streak of 55, are heavy favorites to win their 21st state championship.2. (2) Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.), 33-2
Since losing to No. 1 Assumption, the Seahawks have 16 straight wins. In their most recent match, they defeated Westlake (Westlake Village), 3-0, which had won 34 in a row.3. (3) Yorktown (Ind.), 33-0
The Tigers ran their win streak to 33 and as they enter Saturday's state 4A semifinal match against 33-5 Penn (Mishawaka).4. (4) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 36-2
The Monarchs overpowered Great Oak (Temecula) 3-0 not allowing more than 14 points in any set.5. (5) Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas), 39-1
The Bobcats, who have won 15 in a row, end the regular season on Tuesday. Byron Nelson is looking for the school's first 40-win season.6. (6) Millennium (Goodyear, Ariz.), 40-1Nicole Hoff
averages 6.9 digs and 4.5 serve receptions in the Tigers' first 40-win season. They have won 11 in a row without losing a set.
7. (7) Cedar Falls (Iowa), 42-0
The Tigers open 5A Regional play on Tuesday against Fort Dodge. In set-play this season, they are 90-2.8. (8) Mercy (Farmington Hills, Mich.), 39-2
The Marlins have won 28 straight.
9. (9) Walton (Marietta, Ga.), 37-3
The Raiders opened the postseason with a 3-0 win and ran their win streak to a dozen. Next up: 18-28 North Cobb (Kennesaw).10. (11) Torrey Pines (San Diego), 29-3
The Falcons have won 16 of their last 17 as they advance to the quarterfinals of the Sand Diego Section Open Division.11. (13) Chaparral (Parker, Colo.), 17-1
The Wolverines ran their win streak to 12 with a pair of 3-0 wins last week and haven't lost a set in their last seven matches.12. (14) Ridge Point (Missouri City, Texas), 40-4
The Panthers last lost in mid-August. With one regular season match remaining, their win streak sits at 26. The 40 wins is a school record.13. (15) The Woodlands (Texas), 41-4
The Highlanders have won 17 in a row.14. (23) D.H. Conley (Greenville, N.C.), 21-0
The Vikings concluded the regular season last week with three lopsided wins and have lost just five sets this season — none in their last five matches.15. (19) Briarcrest Christian (Eads, Tenn.), 40-2
Led by state tournament Most Valuable Player Alyiah Wells
and setter Loren Robertson
, the Saints won the state A11 title for the second time in three seasons. Robertson served up 48 assists along with 17 digs. Wells finished with a team-high 21 points with 16 digs and six blocks assisted. The champions finished the season with 15-straight wins.16. (21) Helias (Jefferson City, Mo.), 33-1-2
The Crusaders have gone 6-0-1, losing only one set, since last losing.17. (NR) Kentridge (Kent, Wash.), 14-0Kate Wick
(Western Washington commit) is one of eight seniors who have Kentridge poised for the playoffs.18. (24) Fossil Ridge (Fort Collins, Colo.), 17-1
Behind the play of 6-5 Nebraska recruit Riley Zuhn
, the Sabercats are winners of 17 in a row.19. (NR) Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township, N.J.), 30-1
The Blue Eagles defeated previously unbeaten Old Tappan, 2-0, for their 21st-straight win. Junior Anna Morris
leads the team in kills (4.4), blocks (70), aces (48) and is second in digs and serve receptions.20. (NR) Eagan (Minn.), 25-2
Behind the all-around play of sophomore Kennedi Orr
, Eagan defeated previously ranked Champlain Park to win the Chaska Invitational.21. (NR) Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.), 29-2
With setter Emma Gabel
averaging 10.7 assists per set, the Thunderbirds have 20 wins in a row.22. (12) Kamehameha Kapalama (Honolulu), 34-3
The Warriors have played Honolulu rival 'Iolani six times this season, winning four with the final contest giving the Warriors their third-straight island title. They each one won match last week and a rematch is expected to take place in the state D1 tournament this weekend.23. (25) Oviedo (Fla.), 23-4
The Lions have won nine straight.24. (NR) Sterling (Ill.), 34-1
The Golden Warriors closed out the regular season with four wins, including wins over highly regard North Naperville, Waunakee and Lasalle-Peru.25. (20) Marist (Chicago), 31-3
The Redhawks closed out the regular season with a split.Dropped out:
Northwest (Germantown, Md.), Old Tappan (N.J.), Castle (Newburgh, Ind.), Champlin Park (Champlin, Minn.), Mt. Carmel Academy (New Orleans).