Video: Top 25 national volleyball rankingsFour Southern Section squads in the national rankings, many more on the bubble.
To say the Southern Section Division I playoff bracket is anything less than tops in the country would just be wrong.
All four teams have first-round byes.
In last week's MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national rankings, Mater Dei was ranked third, Marymount No. 4, Redondo Union No. 10 and Sierra Canyon at 17.
Redondo Union and Mater Dei played just once this season, a five-set thriller won by the Sea Hawks, fighting back from two games down to prevail 24-26, 22-25, 29-27, 25-20 and 15-8. Marymount also has a pair of three-game win over the Monarchs.
The Southern Section also released eight other of its divisional brackets, including top Division 2 seed Village Christian (Sun Valley)
, ranked 16th in the state.
In all, there are a remarkable 240 teams participating in the nine brackets, including 36 who are fighting it out in play-in or "wild card" matches. Nine of those matches take place in Division 8.