Volleyball: Pre-playoff rankings

By Craig Sager II

Score Atlanta

St. Pius topped Blessed Trinity 3-2 on Thursday, the second victory in a span of 10 days for the Golden Lions over the previously top-ranked Titans. St. Pius is the new Class AAA No. 1 for the first time this season and heads into the postseason with plenty of momentum and the No. 1 seed out of Area 5.

Morgan County dropped two close matches, to Oconee County (25-23, 28-26) and Hart County (26-24, 28-26), on Saturday and drop behind that duo as a result. Morgan County topped Hart County in a best-of-3 a month prior to this loss.

North Gwinnett moves up from No. 10 to No. 8 this week after taking the Area 6-AAAAAA title. Centennial replaces Etowah in the top 10 after the Eagles fell to Woodstock last week.

In Class AAAAA, McIntosh dominated Area 4-AAAAA competition and reclaims No. 1 in Class AAAAA. Sequoyah topped Pope 2-0 on Thursday and 3-2 on Saturday to win the Area 7-AAAAA title and comes in at a close No. 2. Whitewater dropped two matches to Starr’s Mill over the weekend and falls two spots to No. 5. North Springs enters the top 10 at No. 7 after finishing behind Sequoyah and Pope in the Area 7-AAAAA tournament.

In Class AAAA, the rankings remained the same as last week, but it is worth noting that Heritage-Catoosa posted an impressive sweep over Southeast Whitfield this weekend. No. 2 Columbus swept No. 6 Sandy Creek 2-0 and 3-0 on Thursday and No. 3 River Ridge swept Carrollton 2-0 and 3-0 on Saturday.

Coosa replaces Lamar County at No. 10 in Class AA, but they face a difficult challenge with Class AA No. 1 ranked Westminster in the first round of the state playoffs. Previously ranked No. 10 Lamar County fell (25-3, 25-14) to the Wildcats last Thursday.

In Class A, ELCA made big noise by topping Landmark Christian 3-0 on Saturday to earn the No. 1 seed out of Area 3-A, but remains at No. 6 heading into the playoffs where the Chargers will have to continue proving themselves. Landmark Christian beat ELCA 4-of-5 meetings this season and the Chargers were beaten by No. 5 Savannah Christian and No. 3 Holy Innocents’ earlier this season so they will need another big win to crack the top 5. Pace Academy drops out of the top 10 after losing twice to Atlanta International last week and George Walton Academy falls out of the polls after losses to Athens Academy and Lakeview Academy. Athens Academy and Fellowship Christian are the new No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.

Class AAAAAA

1. Walton

2. South Forsyth

3. Johns Creek

4. Harrison

5. Chattahoochee

6. Roswell

7. East Coweta

8. North Gwinnett

9. North Cobb

10. Centennial

Class AAAAA

1. McIntosh

2. Sequoyah

3. Starr’s Mill

4. Pope

5. Whitewater

6. Northgate

7. North Springs

8. Union Grove

9. Harris County

10. Apalachee

Class AAAA

1. Marist

2. Columbus

3. River Ridge

4. Veterans

5. Heritage-Catoosa

6. Sandy Creek

7. Carrollton

8. Southeast Whitfield

9. Woodland-Stockbridge

10. South Effingham

Class AAA

1. St. Pius

2. Blessed Trinity

3. Woodward Academy

4. Buford

5. Sonoraville

6. North Hall

7. North Oconee

8. Oconee County

9. Hart County

10. Morgan County

Class AA

1. Westminster

2. Wesleyan

3. Lovett

4. GAC

5. Jefferson

6. Kendrick

7. Calhoun

8. Westside-Augusta

9. St. Vincent’s Academy

10. Coosa

Class A

1. Landmark Christian

2. Walker

3. Holy Innocents’

4. Hebron Christian

5. Savannah Christian

6. ELCA

7. Mt. Paran

8. Savannah County Day

9. Athens Academy

10. Fellowship Christian

8 comments Add your comment

Swamp Lizard

October 15th, 2013
4:28 pm

WHO IS DOING THE RANKINGS? ( Class A ) You have to be kidding me !! ….. you sweep the #1 team ( 3-0 ) in the Region tournament ( when it counts ) and you leave Landmark at #1 and ELCA at #6 ?? ……. this is a joke and the AJC should be ashamed.

Don't have a stroke

October 15th, 2013
8:38 pm

Relax — we have playoffs. Rankings don’t matter. And to answer your question , the rankings come from Score Atlanta.

Prep Zone

October 16th, 2013
6:25 am

I noted above in the piece… ELCA lost to Landmark Christian 4 times this season. I know this win was “when it mattered”, but eventually a team is going to have a good night. I’m not trying to take anything away from ELCA but resume wise Landmark Christian’s was a little stronger. The reason they did not jump was I did not see them jumping ahead of any of the other top 5 teams because all of them had won their areas as well and two of those other four teams beat ELCA head-to-head this season. Class A is highly competitive and ELCA seems to be embracing the role of underdog already. Best of luck to all of the teams. – Craig Sager II

john lord

October 16th, 2013
8:52 am

How do you have the three teams from area 6-AAA ranked 7-8-9-10. There are more than just two areas in the state at this level how about Islands or Chapel Hill high schools they both have strong records and finished high in their areas with Chapel Hill only falling to number three Woodward.

john lord

October 16th, 2013
8:53 am

should be four teams

wc0206

October 16th, 2013
11:57 pm

well explained by PrepZone. Makes sense.

Swamp Lizard

October 17th, 2013
11:19 am

@ wc0206 ….. yea, that’s what I was thinking !! ;)

Oops

October 17th, 2013
2:08 pm

“this is a joke and the AJC should be ashamed” — seriously, Swamp Lizard?