Marymount (Los Angeles) continues to build its resume and tighten its grip on the No. 1 spot in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school volleyball rankings, sweeping Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati) and handling Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) in a four-set win to claim the made-for-TV GEICO Invite title in Arizona. It's the third title the Sailors have earned this season after winning the Durango Fall Classic and Nike TOC Southwest.
Cari Klein's team showed off its relentless offensive attack led by Elia Rubin on the ESPN broadcast Saturday night. She hammered 20 kills with 13 digs and three aces in the four-set victory, but the Sailors have shown all year it's not just Rubin. Hitters Kerry Keefe and Torrey Stafford provide extra weapons for setter and Kelly Belardi. Middle blockers Rhiann Sheffie and Dior Charles give the Sailors a presence at the net and libero Megan Verbiest adds an extra layer to the defense.
Hamilton, despite losing to Marymount, climbs 11 spots to No. 12 as the Huskies showed grit in an epic five-set win over Assumption and moxie in the loss to the Sailors.
MaxPreps Top 25 Volleyball Rankings
Highlights: The Sailors came up big on national TV with the sweep of Mount Notre Dame and the four-set win over Hamilton.
Next: Oct. 13 vs. Alemany, Oct. 14 vs. Mira Costa
2. (2) Flower Mound (Texas), 31-3
Highlights: Gabby Walker, Maddie Cox, Cat Young and Bella Ortiz have all hammered at least 200 kills on the season while Megan Farris (621 assists) and Avery Miller (507 assists) have fed the Jags' hitters.
Next: Oct. 12 vs. Plano, Oct. 15 vs. Plano East
3. (3) St. Pius X Catholic (Atlanta), 44-1
Highlights: The Golden Lions finished off a one-loss regular season with a pair of sweeps over M.L. King and Marist. The lone loss was to Ponte Vedra in the Nike TOC Southeast finals.
4. (4) Papillion-LaVista South (Papillion, Neb.), 31-0
Highlights: The Titans ran the table at a loaded Skyhawk Invite over the weekend, picking up wins over Nebraska's Skutt Catholic, Iowa's Valley, Wisconsin's Appleton North and Kansas' Aquinas.
Next: Oct. 12 vs. Millard South
6. (6) Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac, Mich.), 46-0
Highlights: The Fighting Irish remained perfect with three wins last week as Virginia Tech commit Josie Bloom and Mississippi commit Aly Borellis were each named as Michigan Miss Volleyball finalists.
Next: Oct. 12 vs. Athens, Oct. 14 Rochester
7. (8) Marian (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), 29-1
Highlights: The Mustangs have two players, North Carolina State commit Ava Brizard and TCU commit Sarah Sylvester, as finalists for the Michigan Miss Volleyball award.
Next: Oct. 12 vs. St. Catherine of Siena Academy, Oct. 14 vs. Divine Child
8. (9) Brandeis (San Antonio), 35-2
Highlights: The Broncos rode to a pair of sweeps as Jalyn Gibson and Emma Halstead each dropped 12 kills against Johnson.
Next: Oct. 12 vs. Raegan, Oct. 15 vs. Roosevelt
9. (10) Yorktown (Ind.), 25-3
Highlights: The Tigers swept a pair as Ava Eakins had 13 kills against Center Grove and freshman Charlotte Vinson hammered 15 kills against Fishers.
Next: Oct. 14 vs. Muncie Central
10. (12) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 31-4
Highlights: Babi Gubbins pounded 19 kills, Liv Hertzog added 10 and Shanelle Puetz served up 52 assists in a bounce-back, five-set win over Orange Lutheran.
Next: Oct. 12 vs. Rosary Academy, Oct. 14 vs. JSerra Catholic
11. (11) Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas), 28-6
Highlights: Rosemary Archer's 10 kills and 10 assists, and Averi Carlson's 25 assists powered the Leopards to a sweep of The Colony.
Next: Oct. 12 vs. Princeton, Oct. 15 vs. Sherman
12. (23) Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), 23-4
Highlights: Jordan Middleton (31 kills) and Micah Gryniewicz (17 kills) led the Huskies to a thrilling win over Assumption in the opening round of the GEICO Girls Volleyball Invitational.
Next: Oct. 12 vs. Desert Ridge, Oct. 13 Chandler
13. (7) Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), 27-5
Highlights: The Rockets fell in five sets to Hamilton in the opening round of the GEICO event in Arizona. Bella Klee, Alexis Strong and Chloe Smith pounded double-digit kills in a rebound four-set win over Mount Notre Dame while playing without Sydney Helmers.
Next: Oct. 14 vs. Notre Dame Academy
14. (17) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), 23-4
Highlights: The Dons downed Mira Costa to grab the Redondo Molten Power Classic title.
Next: Oct. 13 vs. Patrick Henry, Oct. 15 vs. La Jolla
15. (16) Marin Catholic (Kentfield, Calif.), 20-2
Highlights: Kelsey Ramsey led the Wildcats with 12 kills in a sweep over Terra Linda as they close out the regular season this week.
Next: Oct. 13 vs. Novato, Oct. 15 vs. Archie Williams
16. (14) North Raleigh Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.), 22-2
Highlights: Brianna Frazilus had 24 kills and 12 digs in a sweep of Wake Christian Academy, while Riley Buckley added eight kills, 17 digs and 31 assists.
Next: Oct. 12 vs. Cary Academy, Oct. 14 vs. St. Mary's
18. (20) Hudsonville (Mich.), 36-2-1
Highlights: Eva Joldersma (256) leads five Eagles with at least 120 kills on the season. Sophomore Megan Beemer had 451 assists on the year.
Next: Oct. 12 vs. Rockford, Oct. 14 vs. Jenison
19. (21) Har-Ber (Springdale, Ark.) 24-0
Highlights: Kat Cooper (21 kills) and Kyla Clubb (20 kills) powered the Wildcats offense in a pair of wins last week, while Caylan Koons added 51 assists.
Next: Oct. 12 vs. Southside, Oct. 14 vs. Rogers
20. (22) Victor (N.Y.), 31-0
Highlights: The Blue Devils remained perfect as Emma Werkmeister continues to dominate with 349 kills on the season (4.5 per set). Emily Willow has dished up 688 assists on the year.
Next: Oct. 12 vs. Hilton, Oct. 14 vs. Webster Schroeder
21. (13) Penn (Mishawaka, Ind.), 31-1
Highlights: The Kingsmen dropped their first match of the year, 3-1 to Munster. Emma Hickey pounded 18 kills with 21 digs and 11 assists. Macy Hatkevich added 32 assists. They take on Goshen in the opening round of 4A Sectionals.
Next: Oct. 14 vs. Goshen
22. (24) Bishop Dwenger (Fort Wayne, Ind.), 30-1
Highlights: The Saints closed out the regular season with 25 kills and 20 digs from Eva Hudson as Kristin Bobay added 11 and 13 in a sweep of Heritage. Emma Lyons tossed up 45 assists in the win.
Next: Oct. 16 vs. TBD
23. (NR) Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.), 39-3
Highlights: The Titans re-enter the rankings after a 2-0 sweep of No. 25 Sequoyah
25. (15) Sequoyah (Canton, Ga.), 42-3
Highlights: Sara Siefert had 10 kills in the loss to Blessed Trinity as Taylor Pecht added 15 assists. The two other losses are to Pope.
Next: Oct. 12 vs. Cambridge
On the bubble: Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.), 29-3; Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 19-1; Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.), 18-7; Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.), 28-6; Martin (Arlington, Texas), 29-2; Fayetteville (Ark.), 27-3; Leon, 19-4; V.R. Eaton (Fort Worth, Texas), 27-3, Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township, N.J.), 16-0; Briarcrest Christian (Eads, Tenn.), 37-2-1.
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