I hope you all enjoyed the three-day weekend, but now it’s time to get back to business on the volleyball courts.
There are a whopping 28 (local) matches slated for Tuesday, in what should be a very, very busy night for the section. Eight of my top 10 teams will be in action, the only exceptions being Panas and Arlington. John Jay-East Fishkill, an out-of-area team, travels to Monroe-Woodbury, a Section 9 powerhouse in Class AA.
Both undefeated teams (Dobbs Ferry and Ardsley) will also be in action on Tuesday, so they’ll obviously be worth keeping an eye on. Pelham, which has not lost at home since late October of 2009, will host Scarsdale in their second meeting of the season. The Pelicans ended the Raiders’ undefeated season in the first rendezvous.
North Rockland will host Mahopac in a crossover battle, which will be the third consecutive for the Indians. A win for North Rockland will even the Westchester vs. Rockland record for the season, as Westchester is 11-10 in crossover matches this year. Out of the 10 wins for Rockland, four were earned by Albertus Magnus. Speaking of the Falcons, they’ll travel to Tappan Zee on Tuesday; I may pop over if time permits.
Still, none of these matches will be the main event (in my opinion). I’m pegging Byram Hills at John Jay as my “match of the night” to open the week. The Bobcats, riding an eight-match winning streak, have put together a solid season this year, with no real “bad losses” to their credit. The Indians, who notched three big wins last week, will be looking to add another on Tuesday.
I gave the Bobcats the final spot in my top 10 for this week after hearing about them during the year, then finally seeing them on Saturday. A very talented squad with increasing confidence, Byram Hills could pull this one off depending on which John Jay team shows up. The Indians have been swept by Haldane, but swept Panas, so an upset is certainly a possibility. Given John Jay’s talent and home-court advantage, I’m giving it to the Indians in four, 25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19.
I’ve been deliberating putting the Indians at the top of my rankings for weeks; while matches like the one against Panas make me think they really could be the top team around, matches like the one against Haldane make me second-guess. The Indians have a ridiculous week ahead of them, including Arlington (Wednesday) Panas (Friday) and then their host tournament on Saturday. I don’t like saying where a team will be in the next week’s rankings because you never know what can happen, but I will say — and I think it really goes without saying, to be honest — perfect 3-0 week will put John Jay atop Sunday’s rankings, hands down, no questions asked.
For three of the four matches, the ball will literally be in John Jay’s court, although figuratively it will be all week.
As per usual on Tuesday’s I will be off with my weekly bowling league, but please feed me scores throughout the night so I can keep you all informed on Twitter. For those of you who haven’t caught on, my feed is to the right of this post; you don’t need Twitter to see tweets, but you do need it to send them. I should get some scores before the league at 9 p.m., so you shouldn’t be too tortured.
I’ll try and get the full recap and scoring slate post up as soon as I can tonight.
Here’s the complete schedule, along with my predictions:
Tuesday, October 15
Saunders at Riverside, 3:45 p.m.
Gorton at Roosevelt, 3:45 p.m.
Yonkers at Lincoln, 3:45 p.m.
Pearl River at Nyack, 4 p.m.
East Ramapo at Suffern, 4 p.m.
Mahopac at North Rockland, 4 p.m.
Clarkstown South at Clarkstown North, 4 p.m.
Woodlands at Peekskill, 4:15 p.m.
Irvington at Sleepy Hollow, 4:15 p.m.
Tuckahoe at Palisade Prep, 4:15 p.m.
Scarsdale at Pelham, 4:15 p.m.
Ursuline at New Rochelle, 4:15 p.m.
Mamaroneck at Mount Vernon, 4:15 p.m.
Solomon Schechter at Yonkers Montessori, 4:15 p.m.
Hastings at Edgemont, 4:15 p.m.
White Plains at Dobbs Ferry, 4:15 p.m.
Ardsley at Eastchester, 4:15 p.m.
Albertus Magnus at Tappan Zee, 4:15 p.m.
Hamilton at Scarsdale B, 4:30 p.m.
Harrison at Westlake, 4:30 p.m.
Pleasantville at Port Chester, 4:30 p.m.
Byram Hills at John Jay, 4:30 p.m. — Match of the night
Ossining at Beacon, 4:30 p.m.
Rye Neck at Valhalla, 4:30 p.m.
Rye at Yorktown, 4:30 p.m.
Kennedy at St. Catharine Academy, 4:30 p.m.
Fox Lane at Hen Hud, 4:30 p.m.
Blind Brook at Croton-Harmon, 6 p.m.
Zacchio’s prediction record this season: 254-55