Bishop Moore High School (Orlando, Fla.) finishes atop the final MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Volleyball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard.
In finishing the season 32-0, the Hornets won 86 of their 97 games on the season and defeated Florida state champions in three divisions – 3A (20-7 First Academy, Orlando), 5A (26-5 Jensen Beach), and 7A (Venice, 31-3) plus 8A runner-up Winter Park (26-6). The Hornets also beat Georgia 6A state champion Walton (34-7) and Kentucky big school runner-up Mercy (Louisville). The latter lost the Kentucky state finals to No. 5 Assumption (Louisville), 3-2.
All totaled, the Hornets played 16 schools from larger divisions and only six of their 2012 opponents had a losing record, whereas more than half of their foes won 20 or more matches.
Despite its impressive season, Bishop Moore wasn't a runaway to finish atop the final poll. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) defeated Martin Luther King (Riverside) Saturday night to win California's Division II state title and finished its season 38-0. The Monarchs swept MLK, 3-0, and won 101 and lost just eight games this season to earn the No. 2 spot in the final national poll.
It was Archbishop Mitty's ninth state title.
Among Mitty's victims this season were California Division I champion Marymount (Los Angeles) and D-I runner-up St. Francis (Sacramento) and highly touted Torrey Pines (San Diego). The Monarchs also defeated Division III runner-up Campolindo (30-5) and D-IV runner-up 33-6 Sacred Heart (Atherton).
Lafayette of Wildwood (Mo.) finished in the No. 3 spot with a 40-0 record and won all of its 80 games this season.
By defeating St. Francis, Marymount cracked the Top 10 at No. 10. St. Francis, No. 18 a week ago, remained in that spot.
In California's other state championship matches, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) defeated Campolindo (Moraga), 3-1, to win the state D-III title; Parker (San Diego) needed five sets to beat Sacred Heart (Atherton) for the D-IV title and Branson (Ross) swept Tri-City Christian (San Diego) for the D-V title.
We also are adding on 25 more teams in this, the final edition of the rankings, so it's technically the Xcellent 50. Be sure to check out the volleyball state champions and playoff brackets from around the nation
.MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Volleyball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard1. (1 last week) Bishop Moore (Orlando, Fla.), 32-0
Season over. Florida Class 4A state champions.
2. (2) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.), 38-0
The Monarchs breezed passed Martin Luther King (Riverside) to win California's D2 state title and finish the season unbeaten in 38 games.3. (3) Lafayette (Wildwood, Mo.), 40-0
State champion. Season over. 4. (4) Papillion-LaVista South (Papillion, Neb.), 42-1
Season over. Won large school state title.5. (5) Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), 41-2
State Champion. Season over. 6. (6) Doherty (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 29-0
Won 5A state title. Season over.7. (7) Lakeville North (Minn.), 33-1
Won 3A state title. Season over.8. (8) Punahou (Honolulu), 18-1
State champion. Season over.
9. (9) Coppell (Texas), 49-3
Season over. Won 5A Texas state championship. 10. (12) Marymount (Los Angeles), 31-5
The Sailors defeated St. Francis (Sacramento), 3-1, to in California's D1 state title.11. (10) Horizon (Scottsdale, Ariz.), 43-3
Won D-1 State title. Season over.12. (11) Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas) 48-4
Season over. Won Texas 4A championship.13. (14) Ardrey Kell (Charlotte, N.C.) 32-1
State champion. Season over.14. (15) Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.), 40-2
Won the 4A Illinois state title. Season over.15. (16) Burlington (Wis.) 44-2
State champion. Season over.
16. (17) St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.), 40-4
State champion. Season over.17. (21) Bayside Academy (Daphne, Ala.), 65-2
State champion. Season over.18. (18) St. Francis (Sacramento, Calif.), 36-3
The Troubadours lost for only the third time season, losing Saturday's state D1 finals to Marymount (Los Angeles). Their other losses this season were against No. 2 Archbishop Mitty.19. (19) Bishop Kelley (Tulsa, Okla.), 34-3
Won 6A state championship. Season over.20. (20) Venice (Fla.) 31-3
Season over. Won Class 7A State title.21. (13) Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.), 36-5
The Sea Hawks lost to California state champion Marymount (No. 10) in the CIF semi-finals to finish season at 36-5.
22. (22) Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.), 21-3
Won state 3A title. Season over. 23. (23) Dike-New Hartford (Dike, Iowa), 45-0
Season over. Won Iowa 2A state championship.24. (24) Barnstable (Hyannis, Mass.), 21-1
Season over. Captured D1 state title.25. (25) Dakota (Macomb, Mich.), 43-3
The Cougars won their final 21 matches and the Michigan Class A state title, 3-0, over 65-13-2 Bedford (Temperance, MI). They did not lose a game during their 21-match streak. For the season, the Cougars outscored their opponents, 103-13.26. Valley (Gilcrest, Colo.), 30-0
State 3A champion. 27. Carroll (Southlake, Texas), 46-4
Lost in regional semifinals.28. St. Ursula Academy (Toledo, Ohio), 26-2
Season over.29. Flagstaff (Ariz.), 42-0-1
State D2 champion.
30. Leesville Road (Raleigh, N.C.), 27-1
State 3A runner-up. 31. New Braunfels (Texas), 46-5
Texas 5A state runner-up.32. New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.), 39-2
State 4A runner-up33. Fayetteville (Ark.), 35-3
State 7A champion.34. Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.), 54-2
State 3A champion.35. Whitewater (Fayetteville, Ga.), 53-3
State 5A champion.36. Hillcrest (Simpsonville, S.C.), 53-3-1
State 4A champion.37. Cleveland (Rio Rancho, N.M.), 22-2
New Mexico 5A State Champion.
38. Parker (San Diego), 37-2
Finishes season with 21 straight wins and California 4A state title.39. Quincy (Ill.), 34-2
Lost in the regionals.40. Avon (Ind.), 34-5
State 4A champion.41. Mt. Carmel (New Orleans), 35-3-1
State D1 champion.42. Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati), 25-1
Season over.43. Torrey Pines (San Diego), 31-5
Season over.44. Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.), 35-7
State 3A champion.45. North Hagerstown (Md.), 19-1
State A1 champion.
46. Tatum (N.M.), 24-0
State 4A champion.47. Century (Pocatello, Idaho), 41-3
State 4A champion.48. Cheyenne Mountain (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 25-4
State 4A champion (fifth straight).49. Billings (Mont.), 38-0
State champion.50. Salem (N.H.), 21-1
State D1 champion. Lost first match of season, won final 21.