The Palo Alto girls' volleyball team not only will finish the 2010 season as the CIF Division I state champion, but also as one of the top teams in the nation.
On Thursday, the final prepvolleyball.com national rankings were released and the Vikings were ranked No. 10 in the nation following their remarkable, school record-breaking 41-1 season.
"Of course, this is by far the highest final ranking Paly volleyball has ever achieved," said Paly head coach Dave Winn. "I know that prepvolleyball.com's owner, John Tawa, is the most respected resource for high school volleyball ranking in the country, so it's quite an honor to have earned this result."
Tawa was on hand Saturday to watch Palo Alto upend Long Beach Poly for the California state Division I title. The Jackrabbits wound up ranked No. 12 nationally.
Palo Alto also has been ranked as high as No. 2 nationally by the Freeman Rankings on MaxPreps.com and ESPN Rise has the Vikings at No. 5. Winn, however, believes that prepvolleyball.com is the accurate ranking and has no problem accepting a No. 10 national ranking.
St. Francis, which won the state Division II title on Saturday at San Jose State, was ranked No. 1 nationally by MaxPreps but only No. 27 by prepvolleyball.com. Presentation, which earlier was ranked No. 1 nationally in the Freeman Rankings, finished No. 28 by prepvolleyball.com. Yerington (Nevada), the Nevada 2A state champion with a 37-1 record, wound up ranked No. 100 by prepvolleyball.com. It's only loss was to Palo Alto.