With the season a little more than a month away, Catholic schools Mater Dei and Marymount top the initial CIF-Southern Section Girls’ Volleyball power rankings that will determine playoff divisions for 2019.

Mater Dei, winner of the last two CIF-SS Division 1 titles, and Marymount, defeated by Mater Dei in each final, posted the highest scores, 68.85 and 63.73, based on a two-year weighted power point total that places a greater emphasis (75 percent) on the 2018 season.

Factors that determine the scores include won-lost records, strength of regular season schedule and playoff performance results against schools from within the Southern Section. The rankings are subject to revision until the start of the regular season on Aug. 17.

Mater Dei — which also won the Southern California Regional and State Open Division championships last year — and Marymount are atop the 51 schools comprising Divisions 1 and 2, which will be separated at playoff time beginning in late October. Alemany, Bishop Montgomery, Flintridge Sacred Heart, J.Serra, Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks, Santa Margarita, St. Joseph/Lakewood and St. Lucy’s are also in D-1 and 2. 

Catholic schools competing in other divisions include the following:

  • D-3: La Salle, Notre Dame Academy, Rosary Academy and St. Paul.
  • D-4: Louisville, Mayfield and St. Anthony.
  • D-5: Bishop Amat, Chaminade, Immaculate Heart and La Reina.
  • D-6: Mary Star of the Sea, Paraclete, Providence/Burbank, St. Bonaventure, St. Genevieve and St. Monica/Santa Monica.
  • D-7: Bishop Conaty-Loretto, Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary, Holy Family, Pomona Catholic, Sacred Heart, Serra/Gardena, St. Mary’s Academy, St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy and Villanova Prep.
  • D-8: Bishop Diego, Ramona Convent, St. Bernard and St. Monica Academy/Montrose.
  • D-9: Alverno Heights Academy, San Gabriel Mission and Santa Clara.

Mike Nelson is the former editor of The Tidings (predecessor of Angelus News). 

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