Volleyball: Week 5 rankings

South Forsyth moved up to No. 2 this week after topping Landmark Christian twice and rolling in straight sets against North Cobb and Harrison. The War Eagles improved to 24-2 on the season.

No. 1 Walton had a trio of tough losses over the weekend to out-of-state schools including a 2-1 loss to Notre Dame (Ohio), but remain at the top of Class AAAAAA. The Raiders open region play Tuesday with Cherokee and Roswell at home. Harrison topped Auburn (Ala.), Northgate, Sandy Creek, Roswell twice and St. Pius X before falling to South Forsyth. The Hoyas move to 26-4 and continue their successful season. Johns Creek fell to a surging East Coweta team (25-13, 25-20), but were able to beat St. Pius X in three sets on Thursday. The Gladiators open up region play with North Forsyth and Chattahoochee at Centennial on Tuesday.

In Class AAAAA, Harris County fell to Warner Robins, Rockdale County and Veterans over the weekend, but remains hang on to the No. 2 spot as Pope moves up to No. 4 after a competitive weekend.

Columbus fell to North Cobb twice over the weekend, but holds down No. 1 in Class AAAA with wins over Lassiter, Milton, Bluffton (S.C.) and Lovett. No. 2 Marist posted a big win over North Cobb and Whitewater over the weekend. Heritage-Catoosa moves up to No. 6 after going 6-0 and topping Murray County, Christian Heritage, Ringgold, North Murray, Northwest Whitfield and Ridgeland.

Blessed Trinity fell to an in-state opponent for the first time this season in a 2-1 loss to South Forsyth. At No. 2 in Class AAA is St. Pius X, and the Golden Lions had an impressive weekend with wins over East Coweta, Landmark Christian, Holy Innocents’, Lassiter, Westminster, Etowah and Marist.

In Class AA, all 10 teams held their spots in the rankings with Westminster, Wesleyan, Lovett and St. Vincent’s Academy all making cases for a top spot.

Savannah Christian is still No. 1 in Class A thanks in part to its August win over No. 2 Landmark Christian, which fell to Class AAAAAA South Forsyth twice on Saturday in competitive matches. No. 3 Holy Innocents’ posted a pair of wins over Lassiter and also beat Class AAAAAA Milton, but fell to Westminster and Lambert.

Class AAAAAA

1. Walton

2. South Forsyth

3. Harrison

4. Johns Creek

5. North Cobb

6. East Coweta

7. Chattahoochee

8. Roswell

9. Woodstock

10. Mill Creek

Class AAAAA

1. McIntosh

2. Harris County

3. Starr’s Mill

4. Pope

5. Northgate

6. Greenbrier

7. Lakeside-DeKalb

8. Riverwood

9. Northview

10. Whitewater

Class AAAA

1. Columbus

2. Marist

3. Veterans

4. River Ridge

5. Southeast Whitfield

6. Heritage-Catoosa

7. Woodland-Stockbridge

8. Carrollton

9. Jonesboro

10. South Effingham

Class AAA

1. Blessed Trinity

2. St. Pius X

3. Woodward Academy

4. Buford

5. Sonoraville

6. Oconee County

7. Islands

8. Cartersville

9. North Murray

10. Morgan County

Class AA

1. Westminster

2. Wesleyan

3. Lovett

4. St. Vincent’s Academy

5. Calhoun

6. Jefferson

7. Greater Atlanta Christian

8. Westside-Augusta

9. Spencer

10. Kendrick

Class A

1. Savannah Christian

2. Landmark Christian

3. Holy Innocents’

4. Walker

5. Hebron Christian

6. Mt. Paran Christian

7. George Walton Academy

8. Savannah Country Day

9. ELCA

10. Pace Academy

11 comments Add your comment

Allen

September 10th, 2013
11:53 am

Just curious in class A how Savannah Country Day is ranked 8th when their record is far short of Calvary Day School’s record at 15-5. In addition, Calvary has beaten them head-to-head already once this season. Seems Calvary has a case to be in the top 10.

Just One Opinion

September 10th, 2013
12:07 pm

ELCA is under-rated — watch out come playoff time.

Another Opinion

September 10th, 2013
12:53 pm

Veteran’s AAAA avenged their only loss and beat AAAAAA Rockdale, AAAAA Harris, NS-Col, and Warner Robins. Some of those had to be considered in the “big win” category.

Allen

September 10th, 2013
1:32 pm

Another thought. Calvary also split matches with AAAAAA Camden county. Beat them at home and got beat by them at home. Camden is a strong program.

Vballguy

September 11th, 2013
8:09 am

Harris County? REALLY? Do you not know ANYTHING about volleyball in GA? How is Sequoyah not ranked at ALL in 5A? Only 2 losses all year….and one of those to South Forsyth. You REALLY need to get someone on board that KNOWS about volleyball in this area.

Whitewater has NO business being ranked…they are WAY down. And as much as I respect what Pope has done….they are NOT who they used to be.

Vballguy

September 11th, 2013
8:33 am

More observations….ELCA….MUCH better than #9. Should be ranked around #4. 6A is going to be a fun state tournament this year….I think Walton is a little better than the field…but after losing to Johns Creek it shows the opening is there. Any one of about 6 teams could win that classification.

Oh yeah…did some research…Sequoyah has 3 losses…with 2 coming against Johns Creek and South Forsyth. Their wins include Whitewater (2-0), River Ridge (2-1), Woodstock (2-0), and Northview (2-0). All ranked teams. Can whoever does this poll give me any reason why Whitewater is still ranked? Lost NINE seniors and their head coach. And I don’t see any wins against any ranked teams.

An Informed Opinion

September 11th, 2013
8:49 am

Veterans having “big wins”? Veterans plays an incredibly soft schedule. When Veterans schedules a team that finished final four in any class playoff bracket last year, you can talk about big games. For now, Veterans is just building up a win/loss record against soft opponents, but look for them to crash and burn in the playoffs when they face a real team.

Lighten Up, Frances

September 11th, 2013
8:52 am

@Vballguy — the rankings come from Score Atlanta; the AJC just re-prints it. You might want to howl on that website. We are all impressed that you know more about volleyball than everyone else. Did you know the rankings mean nothing and we have playoffs in Georgia?

Another Opinion

September 12th, 2013
8:13 am

@An Informed Opinion – I was just making fun with the “big win” comment seeing how the writer used it earlier in the article. Note the quotes. Didn’t mean to wrinkle your panties.

Volleyball Dad

September 14th, 2013
4:26 pm

Johns Creek beat Walton again today and Walton beat South Forsyth. Let’s see if Johns Creek gets the respect they deserve and is ranked ahead of the teams they keep beating!

Volleyball Dad

September 14th, 2013
6:10 pm

The top 5 ranked AAAAAA teams all played today at South Forsyth and only one team left undefeated, 5-0; Johns Creek. They have earned the top spot for sure after today!