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MHSVCA releases first state volleyball rankings

Posted Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 2:20 PM

The Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association released its first state volleyball rankings of the season on Sept. 10.

Three semoball.com schools - Bernie, Advance and Notre Dame Regional High School - are state ranked.

View the complete state rankings below:


1. Valle Catholic (Ste. Genevieve)

2. Bernie

3. Winona

4. Lutheran (Kansas City)

5. Osceola

6. Liberal

7. Advance

8. St. Mary's (Independence)

9. Sacred Heart (Sedalia)

10. Lesterville


1. St. Pius X (Festus)

2. Fatima (Westphalia)

3. Clever

4. St. Paul Lutheran (Concordia)

5. Holden

6. El Dorado Springs

7. Mountain Grove

8. Pierce City

9. Bishop LeBlond (St. Joseph)

10. Liberty (Mountain View)


1. Pleasant Hill

2. Logan-Rogersville

3. Lutheran South (St. Louis)

4. St.Francis Borgia (Washington)

5. St. Pius X (Kansas City)

6. Westminster Christian Academy (St. Louis)

7. Archbishop O'Hara (Kansas City)

8. Notre Dame (Cape Girardeau)

9. Reeds Spring

10. O'Dessa


1. Lafayette (Wildwood)

2. St. Joseph's Academy (St. Louis)

3. Lee's Summit West

4. Francis Howell (St. Charles)

5. St. Teresa's Academy (Kansas City)

6. Ozark

7. Blue Springs

8. Kickapoo (Springfield)

9. Marquette (Chesterfield)

10. Nixa

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Wow its been a long time since Leopold hasn't been ranked.

-- Posted by exzalmanian on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 5:07 PM

Dustin, what class is Dexter in in volleyball? The Lady Bearcats are having a great season so far!

-- Posted by Preacher Man Fan on Sun, Sep 16, 2012, at 11:49 PM


I believe they are Class 3

-- Posted by exzalmanian on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 12:03 AM

3A is a death sentence in volleyball at the state level. The private schools from St. Louis and KC dominate this year in and year out.

-- Posted by paulm on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 8:02 AM

Dexter is Class 3. Traditionally Class 3 is very strong at the state final four.

-- Posted by Dustin Ward on Mon, Sep 17, 2012, at 1:19 PM

Dexter has to get past Perryville and Notre Dame which are two very strong programs just to get to sectionals. Dexter does look good this year but so does perryville and ND. As far as state rankings, I personally don't put a lot of attention toward them this early in the season, there are great teams out there that haven't had much media attention at this point depending on who they schedule early in the season and it really puts added pressure on the girl's to keep their standing throughout the year, when really it comes down to how well they perform in districts and well we all saw what happened to Scott City last year.

-- Posted by vballmom5 on Tue, Sep 18, 2012, at 7:09 AM

When the state rankings were initially started, they were just meant to generate discussion of high school volleyball throughout the state of Missouri. The guy who was in charge of it at the time was a coach himself at Helias Catholic in Jefferson City. He acknowledged that the rankings should be taken with a grain of salt and that it is impossible to accurately determine the 10 best teams in each class throughout the state. Only members of the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association (MHSVCA) can submit their rankings, and I believe there is a yearly fee to join this organization. I do agree with vballmom5 to an extent that it does put pressure on teams that are on the list and how the morale of the team can drop if one week they are on the list and another week they aren't, but I still think the primary purpose of the rankings is just to get people talking about the sport throughout the state. I'm sure football is as overly glorified throughout other parts of the state as it is here, and perhaps the rankings are just a way to get volleyball an ounce of attention, which is by far more than it currently receives, unfortunately.

I have mixed feelings about the rankings above. I don't question Valle Catholic's status at the best team in Class 1, as I do think they are undefeated and defeated St. Pius X, the defending Class 2 state champions (and No. 1 ranked team in Class 2, according to the list above). It boggles me, though, how Eminence, the defending Class 1 state champion, is not listed. While I am glad to see three schools in our area on the list, I do think that Leopold should be on the list, as they have been every other season and they are just as good this year, if not better, than they were last season. Also, Pierce City is ranked in Class 2 but they are Class 1 this season. I think this list was probably just thrown together under a deadline because so many volleyball junkies were wondering where the rankings went, and since there's a new person in charge, it was probably just done on a first-come, first-serve basis. That's not meant to diminish the credibility of any of the teams on the list because I do agree that most of the teams on the list are definitely stateworthy - just providing my two cents to the discussion.

Regardless, let's keep the discussion of volleyball going and give the girls the recognition they deserve just as much as the boys football.

-- Posted by The Legend on Tue, Sep 18, 2012, at 4:49 PM

Legend I love the way you think. Volleyball is so very strong in the southeast region but so often overlooked due to Friday night gridiron. I'd say Bernie will fall in rankings BC of their recent losses. I don't know whats going on there, they've got lots of talent this year. Advance could move up bc of their wins over bernie and leopold. Eminance isn't what they used to b if anyone watched them at Semo. Valle Catholic stays well hidden throughout the season playing a lot of northern teams. Leopold's got a young team and playing well and I agree better than last year.

I haven't seen Jackson play but they appear strong in the paper. St. Vincent's is happy I'm sure to be outta St P's way for district play, I only saw them briefly at Semo they have a young team as well.

I'm curious to others opinions about top players to watch. Last year Hogan and Scott City were all the talk. Who's some of this years top performers?

-- Posted by vballmom5 on Tue, Sep 18, 2012, at 9:36 PM

I know, vballmom5, it's so frustrating to see so much attention to devoted to Heartland Football Friday, and then volleyball gets swept under the rug until basketball season in the winter and then baseball in the spring.

I agree with your assessment. Bernie will probably fall in the rankings as they are now on a four-game losing streak, suffering to Leopold and Advance in two straight sets and Dexter and Poplar Bluff in three sets. I'm not sure what's going on with them, either, but with Erin Hoffman as their coach, I'm sure they'll turn it around soon. Bernie has about three really strong hitters, two of whom are juniors. I'd say Leopold will (or should) be in next week's rankings, and Advance will probably move up after a big week with wins against Leopold and Bernie. I've heard that Lesterville has a solid squad and are a lot better than people thought they were after losing their star player Taylor Cook last season, who is now playing volleyball at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis. I've also heard that Bismarck is pretty good but somewhat inconsistent, forcing a split with Advance in the Dig for Life Challenge.

I'd say that some of this year's top performers in our area would be the following (and these are just my opinions and I apologize if I misspell anyone's names): in Class 1, I'd say the best players are Liza Gray, Aimie Simmers, Haley Kennison and Allie Below from Advance; Caitlin Petty, Denai Arnzen, Allison Woodfin and Sydney Eeftink from Leopold; Ellen Snider, Jordan Ellenburg and Tori Lowrey from Bernie; Immerah Bethume from Lesterville; Darcy Lathum from Bismarck; Gretchen Koller from Valle Catholic; Monika Smith from St. Vincent; Chelsea Delay from Bloomfield. I don't know many players offhand from the other classes, but if I had to pick some, these are whom they would be in Class 2: Jordan Hoff (Saxony Lutheran); Emily Merick (Puxico); Allie Holmes (Clearwater); Josie Long (Woodland). From Class 3, I'd go with Miranda Fowler, Myriah Bernard and Kelsey Luster from Notre Dame; Natalie Gremaud, Lauren Buxton and Alex Spears from Perryville; Hannah Noe and Paige Patterson from Dexter. From Class 4, I'd select Melinna Craft from Jackson, Katie Williams from Cape Central, Riley Greenwall from Poplar Bluff, and Trenice Greer from Sikeston.

-- Posted by The Legend on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 4:33 PM

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Dustin Ward has been the sports editor at Daily Statesman in Dexter, Mo., since August 2013.

Ward graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in psychology. He also has 21-hour concentration in environmental science, social studies and education.

Ward started following sports in southeast Missouri when he was five-years-old in 1991. In the 2009-10 basketball season, he watched 84 varsity basketball teams play a total of 147 varsity games. He has also attended the state basketball, baseball and volleyball tournaments the last three seasons. His favorite baseball memory is watching the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series.

Ward completed an internship in the summer of 2010 at semoball.com. During the internship he had the opportunity to visit and photograph the athletic facilities at all 58 semoball schools. He also researched the district and state championship histories of 55 schools and used the Cover it Live application to cover the Senior Babe Ruth state baseball tournament. After the internship he served as sports editor at Daily Dunklin Democrat in Kennett, Mo., from 2011-2013.