By Kirstin Olsen
No. 35 Joliet Catholic (Joliet, Ill.) is having a good run so far this season with only three losses, including one to No. 34 Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, Calif.) and another to No. 42 Marist (Chicago, Ill.). The Hilltoppers are led by two Loyola recruits, senior outside hitter Kelly Feigh and junior outside hitter Morgan Reardon. They are both explosive and can hit a variety of fast-tempo sets. The Hilltoppers have some tough matches this week to close out the season, including a date with No. 30 Benet(Lisle, Ill.) and a rematch with Marist.
Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.), which was "on the bubble" in last week's rankings, is dominating the San Diego area with a recent win over La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) The Dons are a favorite to repeat as league, section and possibly regional champs. Morgan Cormier, a North Carolina State recruit whose father played in the NFL, is one of Cathedral's many offensive weapons. The Dons are headed to the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions at the end of October to test their skills against some of the top teams in Southern California.
No. 2 Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) has continued to dominate the state of Texas with an undefeated record all season. This feat is almost unheard of in Texas. The Cavaliers won the two deepest tournaments in Texas at the beginning of the season, including the 84-team Pearland Volleyball Classic, and have eight Division I commits on their squad. Senior setter Katy Beals, a Washington recruit, and outside hitter Amy Neal, a Texas recruit, have been standouts this year for the Cavs.
No. 8 Avon (Avon, Ind.) made a statement at the beginning of the season by winning the Muncie Central Invite for the first time in school history. The Orioles remain undefeated this season, and they start sectionals next week. Beth Prince, a 6-foot-3 freshman outside hitter, is having a fabulous season and is a definite contender for ESPN HIGH SCHOOL freshman of the year.