9/18/2018

Vollyeball rankings

1. Salinas: Snapped a seven game losing streak to regional power San Benito.
2. San Benito: Defending Gabilan Division champions struggling for an identity.
3. Carmel: One of two teams still undefeated in the newly created Gabilan Division.
4. Monte Vista: Split its two matches last week in the Gabilan Division.
5. Alvarez: Undefeated in the Mission Division, having swept its last three opponents.
6. Notre Dame: Big bounce back win after being humbled in league opener.
7. Seaside: Two of its last three losses have been administered by Alvarez.
8. King City: Struggling as a unit in the Gabilan Division.
9. Santa Catalina: Still looking for its first ever Gabilan Division win.
10. Alisal: Has rattled off seven straight non-tournament match wins.
On the bubble: Monterey, Christopher, North Salinas, Pacific Grove.

Monterey-Alisal volleyball

Arguably the best turnaround of the first quarter of the season, the Trojans come into their Mission Division battle having won seven straight non-tournament matches.
 Winless last year in league, Alisal won just two tournament matches all season. Yet, the experience was invaluable for the five returning starters.
 Running a two set offense with America Mendez and Mariam Ochoa, the Trojans are a defensive minded team, with Yesenia Tijerina igniting the attack in the back row.
 Coming off a postseason appearance, the Toreadores are anchored by setter Elle Mitchell, who has a cast of hitters, including Aria Adams, while Gabby Barcines has been a rock in the back row.
 Monterey's last three wins have all been sweeps, including a decision over North Salinas. Alisal beat the Vikings in five sets.