National HS Rankings’s Top 100 National HS Rankings (Sept. 6)

With Mater Dei and Redondo Union set to host St. Teresa’s Academy from Missouri this weekend, the Southern California teams first met Wednesday evening to settle their score beforehand.

Third-ranked Mater Dei fended off the challenge in four games, 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 27-25, as Redondo climbed up to No. 5 in this week’s updated National HS Rankings (below). Not only was the victory an important one down the line for possible playoff ramifications, Mater Dei was lifted by the presence of junior middle blocker Meg Brown, who sprained her ankle Saturday and sat out the final two matches as Mater Dei claimed the Dave Mohs tournament. She finished with nine kills and with her back it means she won’t have to miss the Durango Fall Classic next weekend.

While Brown’s return was good for the Monarchs’ future, it was Senior Ace Natalie Berty who carried the offensive torch Wednesday night. The Stanford commit blasted 31 kills, including a big one on match point. Redondo received 20 kills from senior outside Jasmine Davis and was encouraged by the return of sophomore S/RS Kami Miner to the lineup. Miner has been with the Youth National Team and only returned to action Tuesday in the team’s victory over Bishop Montgomery. Without setter Emily Mitter (sick) available Wednesday against Mater Dei, Redondo ran a 5-1 with Miner.

Redondo coach Tommy Chaffins said Redondo had been running a 5-1 with Mitter without Miner, but envisions Mitter returning to the lineup when she’s feeling better and that would allow Miner to hit in the front row. One difference between the sides Wednesday proved to be Mater Dei’s balance compared with Redondo, something Miner can help with if she’s able to attack.

Ava Kirunchyk added nine kills behind Davis, but no one else had more than five for the Sea Hawks. Meanwhile, Brown and Kristina Pepek combined for 16 kills out of the middle, while Brielle Mullally and Mia Tuaniga each had five kills on the right for Mater Dei.

“Redondo’s serve started getting us out of system and that took our middles out of it,” Mater Dei coach Dan O'Dell said of Redondo’s push in the third and fourth sets. “Berty was on fire the first two sets but when you are swinging 69 times you aren’t going to get a kill every time. We started relying on her too much and Redondo was playing better in transition. I think when we are in system our middles are really hard to stop. They both hit extreme angles and hit in both directions. We have a lot of confidence that when we run the middle they are going to get kills for us.”

Mater Dei libero Mandalay Rennon makes a play on the ball.

Mater Dei and Redondo’s spots were firmly cemented in the national rankings before playing this week. Yet, with the first release of our HS rankings since the Pre-Season ones dropped two weeks ago, there has been plenty of opportunity for others to play their way in and out of the Top 100.

Here's a list of the schools that make their Top 100 debut this season:

  • Cedar Rapids Xavier (Iowa)
  • Castle View (Colorado)
  • Chaparral (Colorado)
  • Cherokee Trail (Colorado)
  • Coronado (Texas)
  • Elkhorn South (Nebraska)
  • Fort Collins (Colorado)
  • Hamilton (Arizona)
  • Hamilton-Southeastern (Indiana)
  • Helias Catholic (Missouri)
  • Lansing (Kansas)
  • Lovejoy (Texas)
  • McKinney Boyd (Texas)
  • Marist (Illinois)
  • Montini Catholic (Illinois)
  • Notre Dame Sherman Oaks (California)
  • Papillion-La Vista South
  • Parma Padua-Franciscan (Ohio)
  • St. Charles North (Illinois)
  • Western Christian (Iowa)
  • Webb (Tennessee)

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    September 7, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Kamehameha may have a pre-season record of 18 wins, but the teams they played were subpar, maybe to boost this rating?
    For example, at the Hawaii Invitational, they squared off with their top opponent, Mililani, which is a pretty weak team. That’s how Kam won that tournament.
    I’d have more respect if they squarely took on better teams preseason, like Iolani did at the Ann Kang, rather than artificially look good by playing weaker opponents.

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    September 9, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Nice representation from Nebraska, but very comical not to have Lincoln Pius X included!

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    September 9, 2018 at 9:23 am

    T-Bol, Great effort on these rankings, Hope you are having fun. Must be a first in history of PrepVB high school rankings to not have Lafayette (MO) or St Joseph’s Academy even in the HM. Probably correct for now but we’ll see if they earn it by the end of the year. Coach K

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    September 11, 2018 at 8:20 am

    I will look at Lincoln Pius X further. Thanks for the heads up. …. Yes, it’s early and some of those Missouri schools are sorting themselves out still.

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    Bill Grady

    October 5, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Chris, we really miss your coverage/articles on the college VB game. I looked forward to them every week. I hope a hope a hope you will return to doing again soon.

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    John Tawa

    October 5, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Bill, I welcome your suggestions as to how I can improve my coverage of the college scene

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