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South Suburban Conference teams have stranglehold on Class 3A rankings

By Ryan Williamson, SportsEngine, 10/17/17, 11:15AM CDT


With the regular season winding down, South Suburban teams hold the top three Class 3A spots.

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Class 3A

Three teams from the South Suburban Conference—No. 1 Eagan, second-ranked Lakeville North (24-2, 7-1) and No. 3 Lakeville South (20-4, 9-2)—hold the top spots in the Class 3A Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association poll once again. 

The Wildcats (19-1, 8-1), which have lost just one game this season, wrap up the regular season with matches against No. 9 Shakopee (16-5, 7-3) and No. 10 Eden Prairie.

The Eagles (19-5, 6-1) are the lone team in any of the polls to make the top 10 after being unranked a week ago. Eden Prairie picked up wins in straight sets against No. 8 East Ridge (16-9, 8-0) and Moorhead this past week. The Eagles' slate this week includes matches against league rival Minnetonka and Eagan.


Class 2A

The Class 2A poll remains largely unchanged from a week ago. 

Top-ranked Maple Lake (27-0, 6-0) retains the top spot, pacing the field with No. 2 Marshall (20-5, 6-0), No. 3 Stewartville (18-4, 10-1), fourth-ranked North Branch (18-1, 7-1) and Rocori (21-4, 7-2) continuing to round out the top five.

Hill-Murray (18-5, 7-1) climbs to No. 6 after being ranked eighth last week. The Pioneers won a trio of games at the Todd L. Bachman Invitational over the weekend against Cretin-Derham Hall (2-1), Rochester Century (2-1) and Rochester Mayo (2-0) and are tied for first in the Metro East Conference. They will wrap up the regular season against Tartan. 

St. Cloud Cathedral drops four spots to No. 10 this week. After making a quick move up the polls, the Crusaders (18-3, 10-1) fell following losses to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winstead (3-1) and Albany (3-0) last week.


Class 1A

Like the Class 2A poll, the 1A poll has little movement this week.

Mayer Lutheran (25-1, 5-0) continues to be the unanimous No. 1 pick. The Crusaders have won four straight since losing to No. 2-1A Maple Lake in four sets on Sept. 26 and have claimed a number of wins against Class 2A and 3A opponents this season

Mayer Lutheran wraps up the regular season on Tuesday at Sibley East.

The remaining teams in the top five, No. 2 Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (22-4, 5-0), No. 3 Minneota (22-6, 5-1), fourth-ranked Hayfield (18-5, 9-2) and No. 5 Bethlehem Academy, which has played a tough slate of games against ranked Class 2A and 3A opponents including Lakeville North and Lakeville South (10-11, 6-0), haven't moved, as they prepare to shift gears from the regular season to the section playoffs.


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