Glenbard West claims No. 1 spot … at least for now


Glenbard West claims the No. 1 spot in the rankings after beating Neuqua Valley at Glenbard East.

How to decide who is No. 1 after wild weekend at Glenbard East and Warren?

Roll the dice? Heads or tails? Draw straws? How about give the defending state champion the benefit of the doubt.

Glenbard West claims the top spot this week after squeaking past Neuqua Valley at Glenbard East, one week after Neuqua Valley defeated Lincoln-Way East at Wheaton Warrenville South. Lincoln-Way East and Glenbard West could meet again April 21 at Brother Rice’s Smack Attack.

But maybe the real No. 1 will not be decided until June 2, when all three  could conceivably reach the state quarterfinals. Top 20 Boys Volleyball Teams
(Week Two rankings in parenthesis)

1. Glenbard West 8-1 (4)
Loses to Lincoln-Way East, beats Neuqua Valley.

2. Neuqua Valley 12-1 (1)
Beats Lincoln-Way East, loses to Glenbard West.

3. Lincoln-Way East 11-1 (3)
Beats Glenbard West, loses to Neuqua Valley.

4. Lake Park 9-2 (2)
Falls to Glenbard West, takes 3rd at Glenbard East.

5. Brother Rice 12-2 (5)
Crusaders return to action after long spring break.

6. Marist 10-3 (6)
Returns to the court Wednesday against Maine South.

7. Libertyville 8-1 (10)
Wildcats rally twice to edge Barrington at Libertyville.

8. Barrington 10-4 (7)
Has trouble getting out of one rotation at Libertyville.

9. Naperville Central 10-3 (8)  
Travels to DuPage foe Glenbard North on Tuesday

10. Lincoln-Way West 11-3 (11)
Gets back after it Tuesday against St. Rita.

11. New Trier 5-3 (13)
Trevians rebounding nicely after tough 0-2 start.

12. Palatine 11-3 (NR)
Finishes second to Lincoln-Way East at Warren.

13. Hersey 8-1 (15)
Libertyville, Palatine could await on April 21.

14. Plainfield East 13-0 (23)
Bengals roll at Marian Catholic tournament.

15.  St. Patrick 11-1 (18)
Shamrocks beat hosts to win Niles West invite.

16. Deerfield 7-3 (17)
Loses to New Trier, Palatine at Warren invite.

17. Addison Trail 12-2 (NR)
Unchallenged at Rolling Meadows round-robin.

18. Glenbard East 7-6 (21)
Carson Brandt makes a huge difference for Rams.

19. Loyola 7-6 (14)
Travels to Wheaton to face St. Francis Tuesday.

20. O’Fallon 9-0 (NR)
Panthers ranked No. 4 in St. Louis metro area.

On the bubble (in alphabetical order): Benet, Lincoln-Way Central, Maine East, Niles West, Rockford Boylan, St. Charles North, Schaumburg, Stevenson, Wheaton North, York.

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