An undefeated season is quite the task, and Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) has taken it one step further. The Dons haven’t just lost a match this season; they haven’t dropped a set.
Cathedral Catholic has done so while winning the prestigious Durango Fall Classic, the Kamehameha Tournament and now the GEICO High School Volleyball Invitational this past weekend. To claim the title, Cathedral Catholic defeated Ponte Vedra, runner-up in Florida’s highest classification last season, and Nebraska powerhouse Papillion-LaVista South.
The Dons are led by Stanford commit Julia Blyashov, the No. 3 recruit in the nation, but talent is sprinkled across the roster with six more Division I commits — senior Noemie Glover (Oregon), senior outside hitters Cate Schell (Tennessee) and Milan Bayless (Colgate), senior middle blocker Ryleigh Patterson (Harvard), junior middle blocker Jenna Hanes (Michigan) and junior setter Amanda Saeger (DePaul).
A few more regular-season matches remain before the most important tournament begins, as Cathedral Catholic eyes a state title and tries to maintain its unblemished set record.
Check out the complete rankings below, and click here to view last week’s rankings.
1. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.), 32-0
Coming off the GEICO title, the Dons won twice more Tuesday and Wednesday.
2. Bloomfield Hills Marian (Mich.), 28-0
The Mustangs have over a week off before they return to action at the Beast of the East tournament.
3. Cornerstone Christian (Texas), 54-2
The Warriors returned to the court with a three-set sweep Tuesday, pushing their winning streak to 18 matches. Two of those victories came against top-25 teams.
4. McCutcheon (Ind.), 29-1
After notching 28 kills over three matches to lead the Mavericks to a conference tournament title, senior Chloe Chicoine learned she was one of 27 players selected to compete at the Under Armour Next All-America game.
🏐 McCutcheon's Chloe Chicoine was selected to compete in the Under Armor Next All-America game. Chicoine is one of four D1 Volleyball commits on the nationally ranked Mavs team. @LadyMavsVB @ChicoineChloe @mccutcheonmavs pic.twitter.com/HtGC59LHDT— WLFI Sports (@WLFISports) October 10, 2022
🏐 McCutcheon's Chloe Chicoine was selected to compete in the Under Armor Next All-America game. Chicoine is one of four D1 Volleyball commits on the nationally ranked Mavs team. @LadyMavsVB @ChicoineChloe @mccutcheonmavs pic.twitter.com/HtGC59LHDT
5. Mira Costa (Calif.), 32-3
Fresh off a second-place finish at the Tournament of Champions Southwest, the Mustangs went 6-0 at the Molten Power Classic, beating Redondo Union in the championship.
6. Westminster Christian (Fla.), 20-0
The Warriors may not play the type of national schedule that other top-10 teams face, but they defeated Cornerstone Christian and have dropped just three sets all season.
7. Prestonwood Christian (Texas), 31-1
Since a loss to Cornerstone Christian, Prestonwood has reeled off 19 victories in a row.
8. Washburn Rural (Kan.), 30-1
The Junior Blues just continue to win, claiming the Derby Tournament title with six wins Saturday before notching three more victories Tuesday to stretch their unbeaten streak to 29 matches.
9. Highland Park (Texas), 35-2
The Scots continue to roll in district play, and their winning streak has reached 13 matches.
10. Marymount (Calif.), 28-6
Torrey Stafford recorded 20 kills, Alexa Trapani had 26 digs and Lauren Brooker racked up 49 assists in the Sailors’ four-set league win over Alemany on Tuesday.
11. Fayetteville (Ark.), 30-2
The Bulldogs have three more regular-season matches remaining before their quest for a third consecutive state title begins in earnest.
12. Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.), 27-1
The Royals’ path to a Class 4A state title begins Thursday with a sectional matchup against 22-win Carmel, which eliminated Hamilton Southeastern last year.
13. Tompkins (Texas), 32-3
The Falcons’ winning streak has reached 12 matches with a handful of regular-season contests remaining.
14. Mother McAuley (Ill.), 26-2
The Mighty Macs flexed their muscles with a sweep of 24-win De La Salle on Tuesday, winning both sets without giving up more than 12 points.
Competing cousins: Mother McAuley’s Sam Falk gets the best of De La Salle’s Jennifer Falk for GCAC Red victory. "It was pretty nostalgic." @TBaranek has the story. @MMCAthletes @McAuley_VB @SamFalk @meteorathletics @jenfalkk @_ellie_white @gigi_navarretehttps://t.co/V3XrNY96cj— SouthtownSports (@SouthtownSports) October 12, 2022
Competing cousins: Mother McAuley’s Sam Falk gets the best of De La Salle’s Jennifer Falk for GCAC Red victory. "It was pretty nostalgic." @TBaranek has the story. @MMCAthletes @McAuley_VB @SamFalk @meteorathletics @jenfalkk @_ellie_white @gigi_navarretehttps://t.co/V3XrNY96cj
15. Sierra Canyon (Calif.), 29-4
After losing to Marymount last week, the Trailblazers ended the regular season on a high note with three consecutive wins.
16. Oconomowoc (Wis.), 33-1
Cordelia Kearns notched 18 kills, and Lilly Wagner added 37 assists in a four-set victory last week to conclude conference play. The Raccoons now wrap up regular-season play Thursday.
17. Cypress Ranch (Texas), 37-2
With two more victories, the Mustangs’ winning streak has reached 21 matches.
18. Assumption (Ky.), 28-6
Whitney Woodrow had 61 assists, Kristen Simon added 34 digs and Emma Barnett had a team-high 20 kills in the Rockets’ five-set victory over Mercy, last year’s state runner-up. Assumption followed that up with a win Tuesday on Senior Night.
19. Santa Fe (Fla.), 21-1
State champions last season, the Raiders’ winning streak is at 14 matches, and they’ve dropped just four sets all season.
20. St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.), 32-3
The Saints defeated four teams, including three with 20 or more wins, to claim a tournament title this past weekend.
Tournament Champs! Saints Volleyball goes 4-0 with wins over Papillion (NE), St. Teresa’s, Skutt Catholic (NE), and Marist (Chicago). Great job @stasaintsvball!! #stasaints pic.twitter.com/Sdj7ZH9Nt9— GoAquinasSaints (@GoAquinasSaints) October 8, 2022
Tournament Champs! Saints Volleyball goes 4-0 with wins over Papillion (NE), St. Teresa’s, Skutt Catholic (NE), and Marist (Chicago). Great job @stasaintsvball!! #stasaints pic.twitter.com/Sdj7ZH9Nt9
21. ‘Iolani (Hawaii), 20-5
Maya Imoto-Eakin racked up 61 assists as the Raiders beat rival Punahou, avenging a loss from earlier this season.
22. Dike-New Hartford (Iowa), 39-2
The Wolverines wrap up the regular season Thursday and then turn their attention to the postseason.
23. Mater Dei (Calif.), 27-7
The Monarchs have depth across the board. They have two players with more than 200 kills, two players with more than 300 assists and two players with more than 200 digs.
24. Liberty (Mo.), 29-1
The Blue Jays’ sole blemish is a loss to St. Thomas Aquinas.
25. Yorktown (Ind.), 28-2
The future is bright for the Tigers, who are the only team to have beaten McCutcheon this season and have sophomores leading the team in kills (Charlotte Vinson, 363) and digs (Addi Applegate, 354).
Phillip Suitts is a contributing writer at Just Women’s Sports. He has worked at a variety of outlets, including The Palm Beach Post and Southeast Missourian, and done a little bit of everything from reporting to editing to running social media accounts. He was born in Atlanta but currently lives in wintry Philadelphia. Follow Phillip on Twitter @PhillipSuitts.