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On the beat volleyball: Foothill better suited for Division II

Divisions could be realigned next year

Posted: May 11, 2014 8:24 p.m.
Updated: May 11, 2014 8:24 p.m.

Usually, coaches try their best to be politically correct when talking to reporters.

After looking over the CIF-Southern Section volleyball playoff brackets, one local volleyball coach put aside his political correctness for a moment.

“None of the Foothill League teams got a good draw, honestly,” the coach said.

Four local teams — Valencia, West Ranch, Saugus and Canyon — all made the playoffs. Only Valencia gets to play at home in the first round on Tuesday.

But the big gripe a lot of local coaches have isn’t with how the bracket was arranged. It’s about the bracket in which they’re playing.

Is CIF-SS Division I too good for the Foothill League?

The short answer seems to be yes.

And we could see this league moving back down to Division II very soon, depending on how things go Tuesday.

The CIF divides all the leagues into various divisions every two years in an effort to maintain competitive equity.
This will be the Foothill League’s second straight year in Division I since being moved up after 10 years in Division II.

So far, Foothill teams are a decisive 0-3 in Division I playoffs. All three playoff teams were swept in three games last year.

And that came one year after both Valencia and West Ranch advanced to the CIF-SS Division II semifinals.

At the Division II level, at least one Foothill team advanced to the quarterfinals or further all 10 years while playing in the division.

CIF-Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod sent out a public message last week to remind people that the new divisions for 2014-2016 will be announced on May 20.

In his message, Wigod reminds readers that “no one requests to move up” a division. The assumption is that a plenty of coaches, administrators and parents request to move down.

In this case, it truly seems necessary for the Foothill League to return to Division II.

The Santa Clarita Valley is full of volleyball talent, but realistically not at the level of the top teams in Southern California that populate the Division I playoff bracket.

A lot of those schools are located in Orange County and in beach communities where kids are practically born playing volleyball.

It’s going to be a tough road for SCV teams to compete with that on Tuesday, which now becomes an important day for the course of the Foothill League.

And with that, here are this week’s rankings:

1. Valencia
2. West Ranch
3. Saugus
4. Canyon
5. Hart
6. Golden Valley


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