The Tooele volleyball team has been nothing short of spectacular to open the 2020 season, and the Buffaloes are being rewarded accordingly.
The Buffs (11-1, 4-0 Region 10) sit atop the Class 4A volleyball Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings as of Monday night, holding a slight edge on Desert Hills, Uintah and Mountain Crest for top honors. The RPI rankings determine seeding for next month’s Class 4A state volleyball tournament, and Tooele has soared to No. 1 on the strength of a 10-match winning streak.
This week will go a long way toward determining the top spot both in Region 10 and the RPI, as THS traveled to Vernal for a match against No. 3 Uintah that was not complete at press time. The teams will meet again Oct. 8 in Tooele.
Stansbury (1-13, 0-4 Region 10) sits 20th in the RPI. The top 11 teams in the Class 4A rankings will receive first-round byes, while teams seeded 12th through 21st will face each other for the right to advance to the state tournament, set to take place Oct. 27-28 at Utah Valley University in Orem. Currently, the Stallions would face No. 13 Bear River on Oct. 24 in Garland in the first round.
Grantsville (3-9) is 15th in the Class 3A RPI, with the top 13 teams receiving first-round byes. The Cowboys would play host to No. 18 Summit Academy in a first-round match if the rankings were to stay the same through the end of the season.
Grantsville and Stansbury are both riding four-game winning streaks after losing their season openers, cruising through the past month in dominant fashion. That has the Cowboys ranked No. 4 in the Class 3A RPI rankings, with Stansbury No. 5 in Class 4A. Tooele is No. 19 in Class 4A.
Grantsville (4-1) has convincing victories over Tooele, No. 14 Manti, No. 13 Delta and No. 6 San Juan since losing its opener to No. 2 North Sanpete. The schedule does get considerably tougher from here on out for the Cowboys, however, beginning with this week’s road game against Class 2A No. 2 Beaver. The Region 13 season includes games against No. 1 Summit Academy, No. 8 Morgan, No. 9 South Summit and No. 10 Juan Diego. The top 15 teams in the rankings will receive a first-round bye, with No. 16 and No. 17 meeting in a play-in game.
Stansbury (4-1, 2-0 Region 10) suffered its lone loss of the season by a 35-27 score to top-ranked Sky View, but has been on a roll ever since with wins over No. 14 Logan, No. 15 Green Canyon, No. 16 Cedar Valley and Tooele. Like Grantsville, the Stallions’ schedule will get tougher, with No. 8 Mountain View, No. 9 Park City and No. 10 Ogden representing their stiffest competition.
Tooele (1-4, 1-1 Region 10) has been a bit snakebitten by a difficult early-season schedule, losing to Green Canyon, Grantsville and Class 5A No. 12 Alta before Friday’s loss to Stansbury. The Buffaloes’ lone win came against No. 18 Ben Lomond, and they still have games against Cedar Valley and No. 22 Uintah on the schedule in addition to Park City, Mountain View and Ogden.
The top 10 teams in the Class 4A rankings will receive first-round byes, with No. 11 through No. 22 taking part in first-round games.
Grantsville’s girls soccer team is ranked No. 8 in Class 3A, putting the Cowboys in position for a first-round bye and a second-round home game. Stansbury is No. 12 in Class 4A, which would give the Stallions a first-round home game, and Tooele is No. 20, with the Buffaloes facing a likely first-round road game.
Grantsville (6-2, 2-0 Region 13) is getting into the toughest part of its schedule, with four combined games against No. 1 Morgan and No. 3 Judge Memorial looming. The Cowboys are comfortably in position to earn a first-round bye in the state tournament, with the top 13 teams moving on to the second round automatically.
Stansbury (6-5, 4-3 Region 10) is locked in a tight battle in the middle of Class 4A. Teams 9-13 are separated by .007 points in the standings, meaning the battle for a top-11 seed and a first-round bye is still wide-open. Currently, the Stallions would play host to No. 21 Ben Lomond in a first-round match if the postseason began today. The Stallions have crucial matches with Uintah, Cedar Valley and Juan Diego left on the schedule, as well as a rematch with Tooele.
Tooele (2-9, 0-7 Region 10) would currently face No. 13 Ridgeline in a first-round match on the road. The Buffaloes, who have been bitten hard by the injury bug, have a good chance in several of their remaining matches, with their previous losses to Juan Diego and Stansbury having both gone to extra time.