Posted: 1:08 pm Monday, September 9th, 2013
By Anthony Chiang
This weekend was a busy one for the area’s volleyball teams. Many of them participated in the East Coast Challenge, which helped give us a better picture of the area’s top squads. Wellington came away as the East Coast Challenge champion, moving them to second in the Post’s top 10.
Here’s the full version of the Post’s Top 10 entering Week 3:
1. Boca Raton (3-0): There’s no reason to bump the defending Class 8A state champions from atop the rankings at this point, earning wins against quality opponents such as Fort Lauderdale-Cardinal Gibbons and Atlantic early this season.
2. Wellington (8-0): The Wolverines won the 16-team East Coast Challenge tournament this past weekend, pushing them to second in the Post’s rankings.
3. Jupiter (7-1): The Warriors put together a strong run in the East Coast Challenge tournament, stringing together a 4-1 record over the weekend. The team’s only loss came against Cardinal Gibbons.
4. Lake Worth Christian (3-0): The Defenders are off to a nice start this season, as they have racked up victories against FAU High, Village Academy and American Heritage.
5. Royal Palm Beach (2-0): The Wildcats have won two district games to begin the year.
6. Park Vista (5-2): After losing their first two matches of the East Coast Challenge, the Cobras won the next three to win the tournament’s bronze division.
7.. King’s Academy (4-0): The Lions have lost just one set in the four matches they have played this season.
8. Dwyer (4-4): The Panthers entered this weekend’s East Coast Challenge with a 2-1 record, but a 2-3 showing in the tournament has them at 4-4 through eight matches.
9. Atlantic (1-2): The Eagles started with a difficult schedule. They were swept by Boca Raton and lost to Dwyer in five sets. Things should get easier for Atlantic from here.
10. West Boca Raton (1-1): They have only played two regular season games, but the Bulls have already been tested. West Boca fell to St. Thomas Aquinas in the preseason and also fought hard against Dwyer. Moving forward, these two matches should help the Bulls.
The best of the Treasure Coast:
1. Martin County (4-2): The Tigers advanced all the way to the finals of the East Coast Challenge Tournament, but fell to Wellington in the end.
2. Jensen Beach (6-2): There is not much separating Jensen Beach and Martin County. The Falcons also lost to Wellington in the East Coast Challenge, but one round earlier than Martin County did.
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.