If it can happen to USC football, it can happen to any team. Upsets occurred around the nation, and No. 2 Plant (Tampa, Fla.) fell victim, along with No. 6 Assumption (Louisville, Ky.) and No. 12 Muncie Central (Muncie, Ind.). Plant fell to previous No. 45 Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.) at the Berkeley Premier Invitational (Tampa, Fla.), 25-23, 16-25, 25-18, 21-25, 10-15. Coach Leanna Taylor's Plant squad played without standout Penn State commit Maddie Martin; they hope to have her back in time to redeem themselves at the NIKE Challenge this weekend in Chicago.
Mercy Academy proved worthy of the No. 2 spot in the rankings with strong performances throughout the season so far. This week Mercy downed Berkley Prep, and in the past three weekends have won three nationally attended tournaments: the Louisville Invitational (Louisville, Ky.), Tournament of Champions (St. Louis), and the Berkeley Premier.
Mercy's only loss is to rival Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), which also competed in three nationally attended tournaments: the Burris Invite (Muncie, Ind.), the Durango Classic (Las Vegas) and the NIKE Challenge (Chicago) this weekend. Assumption fell in the rankings this week when it lost to No. 35 Sacred Heart (Louisville, Ky.).
Muncie Central suffered its first loss of the season to Delta, 25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 18-25, 15-9. The squad won its own invitational as they defeated 4A powerhouse Avon (Ind.).
La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) remained on top following its Durango Classic championship, while California schools jostled for position in the rankings. Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) went five games with Los Alamitos and emerged victorious. Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) jumped again in the rankings with its second tournament victory at the Beach Cities Invitational in La Jolla.