The Faribault Bethlehem Academy Cardinals were ranked #10 in Class A when the season began but fell out of the top 10.  Following a four set victory over then #2 rated Class 1A Mayer Lutheran last week they did receive a mention in the latest Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association rankings released Sunday night.

That loss only dropped the defending state champs from Mayer Lutheran one spot to #3.  Waterville-Elysian-Morristown moved up to #2 in the latest rankings.  Mabel-Canton is still #5 and Caledonia #10.  Those two teams are in the same section with Bethlehem Academy.

In the Class 2A rankings the Stewartville Tigers and Kasson-Mantorville Komets are still ranked #1 and #2 and Kenyon-Wanamingo moved up a spot to #6 providing great representation for the Hiawatha Valley League in the rankings.  Belle Plaine is #8 and in the same section with Kenyon-Wanamingo.  Of course Stewartville and Kasson-Mantorville are in the same subsection.

In Class 3A there have been a few different teams ranked on top and this week Champlin Park is back on top.  Lakeville North is #2, Eagan #3, Lakeville South #4, Shakopee is #8 and Northfield #9.

Below are the complete rankings from the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association.  Numbers in parentheses are first place votes:

Class 1A

  1. Minneota (15)
  2. Waterville-Elysian-Morristown (1)
  3. Mayer Lutheran
  4. Wabasso
  5. Mabel-Canton
  6. Pine River-Backus
  7. Ada-Borup-West
  8. BOLD
  9. Windom
  10. Caledonia

Others Receiving Votes:  Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, New Life Academy, Carlton, Faribault Bethlehem Academy, Yellow Medicine East, Sacred Heart

Class 2A

  1. Stewartville (11)
  2. Kasson-Mantorville (1)
  3. Marshall
  4. Concordia Academy
  5. North Branch
  6. Kenyon-Wanamingo
  7. Sauk Centre
  8. Belle Plaine
  9. Academy of Holy Angels
  10. Watertown-Mayer

Others Receiving Votes:  Southwest Christian, Jackson County Central, St. Cloud Cathedral

Class 3A

  1. Champlin Park (9)
  2. Lakeville North
  3. Eagan (1)
  4. Lakeville South
  5. East Ridge
  6. Minnetonka
  7. Stillwater
  8. Shakopee
  9. Northfield
  10. North St. Paul

Others Receiving Votes:  Forest Lake

Volleyballs- photo by Gordy Kosfeld