lohud volleyball rankings
1. Panas (3-0, last week: 1) — Despite all of the preseason hype, the Panthers are actually exceeding expectations. Panas won the prestigious Harold Van Earden tournament at Burnt Hills, topping the hosts and two-time reigning state champions en route to the title.
2. Ursuline (3-0, last week: 6) — The Koalas have been on the rise at a rapid rate this season. Winning the 41st annual Yorktown tournament Saturday easily earned them a shove into the top five.
3. Yorktown (4-1, last week: 4) — The Huskers earned a convincing four-set win over reigning Class AA section champs Scarsdale on Friday and reached the championship of their tournament Saturday.
4. Nyack (4-0, last week: 7) — The Indians’ schedule thus far hasn’t been overwhelming, but their performance has been. Nyack won the Sleepy Hollow tournament last week and went undefeated in pool play to earn the top seed in the platinum bracket at the Scarsdale tournament Saturday. Nyack hosts North Rockland on Thursday, which should be a telling match.
5. North Rockland (3-2, last week: 2) — Less than 24 hours after I crowned the Red Raiders as the top team in Class AA, it lost to John Jay-East Fishkill. Then they lost to Ursuline two days later. Head coach Colette Jurman said the team wasn’t feeling well all week, so it’s a bit premature to write-off North Rockland just yet.
6. Hen Hud (2-1, last week: 5) — There really isn’t much of a sample size to go off of in regards to the Sailors, so a lot remains to be seen. Hen Hud lost to Panas, which won’t ever hurt anyone’s ranking, and it beat a rebuilding John Jay team. The Sailors have four matches this week, including John Jay-East Fishkill on Monday.
7. Ossining (5-0, last week: N/R) — The more the season progresses, the more I hear about Ossining, and for good reason. The Pride had a stellar showing at the Hen Hud tournament last week — even beating a Katie McLoughlin-less Ursuline team in pool play — and have beaten solid opponents in John Jay-East Fishkill and New Rochelle. Ossining goes to Yorktown on Thursday.
8. Scarsdale (2-2, last week: 3) — The Raiders were in, what I feel, was the toughest pool at its tournament Saturday (Fox Lane, Mahopac, Suffern), but still fell to Suffern in the silver bracket final. Scarsdale hosts Ursuline on Tuesday, which should be a terrific opportunity to get back on track.
9. Pawling (4-0, last week: 9) — Undefeated record, won their tournament Saturday, and still no movement up the ranks. Tigers fans have to be wondering what they have to do to climb this list. Pawling has talent, but a weak schedule (relative to other top 10 teams). It’s hard to argue a top-five ranking without facing stiff competition.
10. Pelham (4-1, last week: 8) — The Pelicans have faced a much tougher schedule than Pawling, didn’t lose to Westlake or Yonkers this week, and dropped behind the Tigers. Thursday’s match against Ardsley could help determine how much higher Pelham should be, but the Pelicans definitely belong in the top 10.
Dropped out: Westlake (last week: 10)
On the bubble: Ardsley, Arlington, Harrison, John Jay-East Fishkill, Westlake
Class AA — 1. Ursuline, 2. North Rockland, 3. Ossining, 4. Scarsdale, 5. John Jay-East Fishkill, 6. Arlington, 7. New Rochelle, 8. Fox Lane, 9. Horace Greeley, 10. Suffern
Class A — 1. Panas, 2. Yorktown, 3. Nyack, 4. Hen Hud, 5. Pelham, 6. Harrison, 7. Eastchester, 8. Tappan Zee, 9. Somers, 10. Peekskill
Class B — 1. Ardsley, 2. Westlake, 3. Lourdes, 4. Briarcliff, 5. Nanuet, 6. Valhalla, 7. Irvington, 8. Blind Brook, 9. Putnam Valley, 10. Rye Neck
Class C — 1. Pawling, 2. Haldane, 3. Dobbs Ferry, 4. Keio, 5. North Salem