Video: Xcellent 25 Girls Volleyball Rankings Presented By The Army National GuardMaxPreps host Myckena Gurrero breaks down this week's volleyball elite.
This week's MaxPreps Xcellent Top 25 National High School Volleyball Rankings sponsored by the Army National Guard show the same three teams remain Nos. 1-3. What the rankings don't show is just how close the top three are — any of the three can make a loud claim to being atop the rankings.
Walton (Marietta, Ga.), Assumption (Louisville, Ky.) and Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) have been ranked in that order since last month's Preseason Top 50.
All are unbeaten and combined for 44 wins and no losses. They've collectively won 67 in a row and combined have lost just seven sets this season. Walton has yet to lose a set, but Assumption and Mater Dei arguably have had tougher schedules.
In a battle of powers last week, Assumption beat No. 25 Mercy to win the battle of Kentucky elite and Mater Dei defeated No. 6 Redondo Union (Redondo Beach) in a showdown of southern California powerhouses.
Four other unbeaten teams lost last week and disappeared from the Top 25, including Lewis-Palmer (Monument, Colo.).
Honolulu's Kamehameha moved up to No. 4 after winning its showdown with island rival and previously unbeaten 'Iolani.
Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette, La.) made the biggest jump climbing from No. 23 to No. 11. The Rebels have 66 in a row.
Cedar Falls (Iowa), the state's defending large school champion, joined the Top 25 this week and has a two-year win streak of 26. Also new to the Top 25 this week are unbeatens Marin Catholic (Kentfield, Calif.), Sterling (Ill.) and Waunakee (Wis.).
Look for a major shakeup in the Top 25 next week as tournaments steal the spotlight this weekend, including the Durango Classic and Berkeley Premiere tournament and the Battle of the Beach. It's highly unlikely the top three, let alone Top 10 and Top 25, will resemble this week's rankings.
MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National High School Volleyball Rankings sponsored by the Army National Guard
1. (Last week 1) Walton (Marietta, Ga.), 13-0
The Raiders have won 20 in a row and have yet to lose a set. Walton last lost to an in-state team in 2014.2. (2) Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), 17-0
Over the weekend, the Rockets won their third tournament of the season, sweeping five opponents — including No. 25 Mercy (Louisville) — to win the Louisville Invitational. And in the process of sweeping five teams, the Rockets ran their two-year win streak to 33.3. (3) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 14-0
The Monarchs beat No. 6 Redondo Union (Redondo Beach), 3-1, then blanked St. Theresa's Academy (Kansas City, Mo.) 3-0. Santa Ana averages 14.3 kills per set and got 31from Natalie Berty
(Stanford recruit) in the Redondo win.4. (9) Kamehameha Kapalama (Honolulu), 20-0
In addition to handing Honolulu rival 'Iolani its first loss of the season (25-22, 20-25 and 25-19), the defending state champion Warriors won their second tournament of the season to run their two-year win streak to 25.5. (5) Yorktown (Ind.), 14-0
The Tigers have yet to lose a set this season. Last week, they handed Mt. Vernon (Fortville) its first loss in 11 matches and also blanked 10-4 Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers).6. (4) Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.), 10-1
The Seahawks lost 3-1 to No. 3 Mater Dei, but bounced back by defeating St. Theresa's (Kansas City, Mo.), 3-1.7. (7) Mt. Carmel (New Orleans), 8-0
Averaging 5.4 blocks per set, the Cubs ran their win streak to 18. The Cubs handed Archbishop Chapelle (Metarie) its first loss in 13 matches.8. (8) Venice (Fla.), 6-0
The Indians have lost just one set in winning their first six matches. They face 7-0 and highly ranked Leon (Tallahassee) on Thursday. 9. (12) Marist (Chicago), 10-0
Opening with 10-straight wins, the Redhawks have run their two-year win streak to 42.10. (11) Xavier College Prep (Phoenix), 3-0
The Gators opened their season by running their win streak to 13. Senior setter Shannon Shields
has Xavier College Prep running on all cylinders.11. (23) Teurlings Catholic (Lafayette, La.), 9-0
The Rebels have yet to lose a set this season while running their three-year win streak to 66.12. (16) Torrey Pines (San Diego), 7-1
The Falcons have won six straight since losing to No. 3 Mater Dei.13. (15) Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas), 26-1
The Bobcats rebounded from its lone loss of the season (3-0 to 24-8 Southlake-Carroll) to drub Ryan (Denton), 3-0, and limiting Ryan to only 22 kills in three sets. Sophomore Charitie Luper
, a 5-8 leaper, is averaging five kills per set.14. (10) 'Iolani (Honolulu), 11-1
The Raiders are averaging 12.8 kills and 16.3 digs per set, but lost to crosstown rival and No. 4 Kamehameha 2-1.15. (17) Ursuline Academy (Cincinnati), 7-0
Despite losing their first set of the season, the Lions defeated Springboro (Ind.) 3-1 to run their win streak to 18. After losing the first set, Ursuline outscored the Panthers, 25-9, 25-9, 25-15 as junior Emma Gielas
had 17 kills and Julia Wilkins
served five aces.16. (19) Wando (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.), 18-0Sarah Missroon
(Appalachian State commit) has 30 blocks and 118 kills with a .419 hitting percentage.17. (20) Blue Valley North (Overland Park, Kan.), 10-0
The Mustangs are dominating with 6-3 setter Kennedy Feuerborn
(Baylor commit) averaging 10 assists per set. They won five matches without dropping a set to win the Olathe South Invite.18. (18) Helias (Jefferson City, Mo.), 12-0
The Crusaders have won 24 of 26 sets.19. (NR) Marin Catholic (Kentfield, Calif.), 11-0
Setter Leah Pease
(Valparaiso commit), libero Georgia Fusco
(Loyola Marymount sand commit), and front-row players Kari Geissberger
(Loyola Marymount pledge) and Olivia Cooper
have Marin off to a perfect start.20. (24) Millard North (Omaha, Neb.), 13-0
Senior Emma Altman
averages 5.3 digs per set.21. (NR) Cedar Falls (Iowa), 14-0
Led by 6-4 middle Alayna Yates
, the Tigers have handed Ankenny Centennial (Ankenny) and Dike-Hartford (Dike) their only losses this season. The Tigers have won 26 straight over two years.22. (NR) Sterling (Ill.), 15-0
The Borums - senior Josilyn Borum
(Chicago State commit) and sophomores Bree Borum
and Brooklyn Borum
— have the Warriors roaring upwards. They are 30-1 in sets. Libero Lexi Rodriguez
is a verbal to Nebraska and the Golden Warriors have won 34 of their last 35 matches.23. (25) Leon (Tallahassee, Fla.), 8-0
With Mak Washington
averaging 4.5 kills per set, the Lions are the only team to beat 10-1 Chiles (Tallahassee) and 5-1 Oviedo.24. (NR) Waunakee (Wis.), 18-0
Led by junior Milla Malik
(Buffalo commit) and senior Sarah Malone
, the Warriors have won three tournament titles this season and lost just a pair of sets.25. (21) Mercy (Louisville, Ky.), 14-3
The Jaguars lost to No. 2 Assumption twice this week — early in the week, 3-2, and again in the finals of the Louisville Invitational, 2-0.
Dropped out: Lewis-Palmer (Monument, Colo.), Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati), Lake Orion (Mich.), North Branch (Mich.).