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The list of unbeaten teams in the MaxPreps Xcellent Top 25 National High School Volleyball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard dwindled to five this week, but the debate for No. 1 grew louder as Yorktown (Ind.) completed its perfect 2018 season and Cedar Falls (Iowa) ran its two-year win streak to 73.
In finishing 35-0 in its first year in Indiana's largest classification, Yorktown is sitting closely behind No. 1 Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), which ended its season a week ago with the state championship and a 59-match winning streak.
Yorktown, led by future Nebraska Cornhusker and MaxPreps National Player of the Year finalist Kenzie Knuckles
, has won three state titles in four years. The Tigers have lost one set in 99 this season — a month ago to state 3A champion New Castle.
Assumption played arguably the toughest schedule of any high school in 2018 and went 108-7 in set play.
Cedar Falls, meanwhile, is 99-2 in set play this season and is three wins away from defending its state 5A title. And Cedar Falls fans are quick to remind their win streak is the longest of any team in this week's Top 25.
Only Woodstock Academy (Woodstock, Conn.), and Kentridge (Kent, Wash.) join Assumption, Yorktown and Cedar Falls as unbeaten top-ranked teams.
While Assumption, Yorktown and Cedar Falls are laying claim to No. 1, No. 3 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calf.) is quietly going about its business of winning and posting a 39-2 record.
Riding a 50-game winning streak, Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac, Mich.) returned to the Top 25 for the first time in more than two months. Finally fully healthy, the Fighting Irish have lost one set during the win streak and none in their last 47 matches.
In addition to Notre Dame Prep, new to the Top 25 this week are recently crowned North Carolina 4A champion Green Hope (Cary, N.C.) and Padua Franciscan (Parma, Ohio), which is aiming for a third-straight state title.
MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National High School Volleyball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard
1. (Last week 1) Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), 43-0
The Rockets won their 21st state title and extended their two-year winning streak to 59. Season over.2. (2) Yorktown (Ind.), 35-0
The Tigers ran their win streak to 35 in their first year of moving up to 4A with a state championship win over defending champion Avon. The Tigers have won 148 of 153 matches and three state titles (two Class B) over the last four years.3. (3) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 39-2
The Monarchs defeated Marymount (Los Angeles) in four sets to win the Southern Section Division 1 title. It was the Monarchs third title in five years. Stanford commit Natalie Berty
led the way to victory with 23 kills and Brielle Mullally
(Providence pledge) added 12 and Long Beach State commit Mia Tuaniga
10.4. (6) Cedar Falls (Iowa), 44-0
The Tigers have won 73 straight and take on 29-14 Waukee on Tuesday to open the state 5A Final 8 tournament.5. (4) Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas), 42-1
The Bobcats, winners of 18 straight, opened the playoffs with two wins and face 38-7 Flower Mound on Tuesday. Flower Mound has won 12 in a row.6. (5) Millennium (Goodyear, Ariz.), 43-1
The Tigers, winners of 14 in a row, face 26-16 Camp Verde (Gilbert) in the semifinals Monday of the state 5A tournament. Since losing six weeks ago, the Tigers have lost one set.7. (7) Mercy (Farmington Hills, Mich.), 45-2
The Marlins won a pair of district games to move onto regional play Tuesday where they meet Renaissance (Detroit). The Marlins have 45 wins in a row.8. (8) Walton (Marietta, Ga.), 41-3
The preseason No. 1 Raiders capped off their season Saturday with their eighth volleyball title in nine years in the state's largest classification (7A), defeating Milton in three sets (25-14, 25-15, 25-14). Overall, it was their 13th state volleyball title. Season over.9. (9) Torrey Pines (San Diego), 32-3
The Falcons avenged their Sept. 29 loss to San Diego rival Catholic Cathedral on Saturday to win the San Diego Section Open Division championship. It was their ninth-straight victory.10. (11) The Woodlands (Texas), 45-4
The Highlanders have won 21 in a row, but had a tough time with 26-13 Tomball before winning 3-2 (17-25, 25-9, 25-17, 23-25, 15-8) and advancing in the state 6A playoffs.11. (12) Lewis-Palmer (Monument, Colo.), 24-1
The Rangers dominated Greeley Central and Canon City and have won 23 straight. They have won 81 of their last 82 matches.12. (14) Kentridge (Kent, Wash.), 17-0
Kentridge remained unbeaten with a 3-0 win over Enumclaw. Up next: 25-6 Puyallup on Saturday. Kentridge won the first meeting between the two, 3-2.13. (16) Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township, N.J.), 35-1
The Blue Eagles opened the postseason last week by extending its winning streak to 26 matches. They have won 46 of their last 47 matches and 75 of their last 77.14. (19) Victor (N.Y.), 41-1-1Ally Devitt
was named MVP as Victor swept Mercy to capture its second consecutive Section V class championship. Emma Werkmeister
and M.K. McFadden
also were named to the all-tournament team.15. (17) Eagan (Minn.), 28-2
Led by sophomore Kennedi Orr's
16 kills, the Eagles defeated East Ridge (Woodbury) in three sets to move on in the state 3A tournament.16. (15) Briarcrest Christian (Eads, Tenn.), 40-2
Won the state A-II title. Season over.
17. (18) Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.), 34-2
The Thunderbirds have 25 wins in a row and play 25-13 Millard South (Omaha) on Thursday in the state Class A tournament opener.
18. (NR) Green Hope (Cary, N.C.), 28-1
Junior setter Sydney Dowler
was named the Most Valuable Player in the state title match win over Cary rival Panther Creek. Dowler is the fourth player all-time to win the award three consecutive years and is the first at the 4A level. It was the third straight title for both Dowler and Green Hope, which finished the season with 23 straight wins.19. (22) Sterling (Ill.), 39-1
The Golden Warriors dispatched Kaneland and Morton in matches that lasted less than 40 minutes to move to the state 3A semifinals on Friday against Joilet Catholic (Joilet).20. (21) Oviedo (Fla.), 25-4
The Lions have won 11 straight and take on West Orange (Winter Garden) on Tuesday. The Lions beat West Orange 2-1 in September. The winner advances to the state 9A final four.21. (NR) Padua Franciscan (Parma, Ohio), 26-1
Since losing in early September, the Bruins have lost two sets and reeled off 21 straight victories. Leading the Bruins are senior middle Abigail Leigh
(Buffalo commit), junior setter Ella Mihacevich
(committed to Northern Illinois and senior libero Kamryn Stilwell
(committed to Eastern Michigan. Up next: 22-5 Solon in the state large school semifinals on Friday.22. (24) Woodstock Academy (Woodstock, Conn.), 22-0
Junior Paula Hernandez
has led the Centaurs to an unbeaten regular season. Up next: the postseason.23. (23) Logan-Rogersville (Rogersville, Mo.), 38-2
The Wildcats closed out the season Saturday by winning the state 3A championship. They won their final nine matches. Season over.24. (25) Marist (Chicago), 37-3
The Redhawks face 35-5 Benet (Lisle) in the state large school semifinals on Tuesday. Benet defeated the Redhawks two weeks ago.25. (NR) Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac, Mich.), 60-5
Seniors Madeline Chinn
and Natalie Risi
have it going their way as the Fighting Irish have won their last 50 matches.Dropped out:
Ridge Point (Missouri City, Texas), D.H. Conley (Greenville N.C.), Avon (Ind.).