Mater Dei’s defeat of Redondo Union Sept. 5 kept the two schools Nos. 1 and 2 in Divisions 1 & 2 of the CIF-Southern Section Divisions girls’ volleyball rankings released Sept. 10.

The Monarchs’ 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 27-25 victory, plus a win late last week over a team from Missouri, made their record 14-0 and No. 1 in Maxpreps’ computer poll (and No. 3 in its Xcellent 25 survey), as well as No. 1 in California.

Though No. 3 in California behind Mater Dei and Redondo Union, Marymount (11-2) remained fourth in D-1&2 after beating Santa Margarita last week, with the Eagles sliding from sixth to ninth.

As league play begins in earnest this week for many schools, St. Paul has climbed into the Division 3 top 10 at No. 8, while Bishop Montgomery remains second in D-4, and St. Anthony is still fifth in D-5. Providence (Burbank) continued to advance in D-7, rising from ninth to fourth, as St. Bonaventure dipped from fourth to fifth.

Bishop Diego slid from fifth to sixth in D-8, and Holy Family remained eighth. And Santa Clara held on to No. 4 in D-9.

The “Others to Watch” list included Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) and St. Joseph (Lakewood) in D-1&2 and Bishop Amat in D-5.

Cross country

There was some movement among Catholic schools in the Sept. 10 CIF-SS rankings issued by Rich Gonzalez of

The big jump was in girls’ cross country, where J.Serra rose from fifth to a tie for first in Division 4. Mayfield was still fourth, and Bishop Amat went from sixth to ninth.

Santa Margarita remained tenth in D-3, and Pomona Catholic was still fifth and Sacred Heart tenth in D-5.

In boys’ cross country, Loyola dipped from second to third in Division 2; J.Serra was still second and Cathedral third, in D-4, though Bishop Amat slipped from seventh to eighth; and St. Pius X-St. Matthias was still fifth in D-5.

Other sports

In boys’ water polo, the combined Division 1&2 rankings from Sept. 10 show Loyola third, Mater Dei fourth and Santa Margarita seventh. Servite is No. 1 in D-3, and Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) a “team to watch.”

In girls’ tennis, Chaminade is No. 9 in Division 2, with J.Serra a “team to watch.”

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

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