The Prep Zone Power Poll powered by Anytime Fitness – 2020 Volleyball Poll #3

Ponte Vedra streak continues; Sharks still No. 1 in the all-classification regional rankings

GAINESVILLE – The top-ranked team in The Prep Zone Power Poll for the third straight week is Ponte Vedra.

The Sharks (3-0), who received six of the seven first-place votes in this week’s poll, remained the top-ranked team in the all-classification rankings for the third straight week after sweeping Middleburg and Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville) last week.

They won their 12th straight match last week. The defending 5A state champions have not lost since October 2019.

Santa Fe (Alachua), which received the other first-place vote, remained second after a 5-2 week, including going 3-2 at the prestigious Berkeley Prep Tournament in Tampa over the weekend.

The Raiders (9-2), last year’s Class 4A state runner-up, had wins over Academy of Holy Names (Tampa), Trinity Catholic and Calvary Christian, while losing to Steinbrenner (Lutz) and host Berkeley Prep.

Forest (Ocala) (5-0) jumped from fourth to third after sweeping county rivals Belleview and West Port (Ocala) last week.

Trinity Catholic (Ocala) (2-3) dropped to fourth after finishing 2-3 at the Berkeley Prep Tournament with wins over Buchholz and Calvary Christian, while losing to Plant (Tampa), Santa Fe and Clearwater Central Catholic.

Vanguard (Ocala) (5-1) jumped from eighth to fifth this week after wins over county rivals Lake Weir (Ocala) and Belleview.

Bishop Kenny (4-2) remained sixth after finishing the week at 2-1 with wins over Fernandina Beach and Yulee, while getting swept by No. 1 Ponte Vedra earlier in the week.

Rounded out the top 10 is No. 7 Creekside (St. Johns) (4-0), No. 8 Fleming Island (Orange Park) (5-1), No. 9 Fletcher (Jacksonville) (5-0) and No. 10 Newberry (5-2), which moved up two spots after a 4-0 week including a huge win over previous No. 7 and current No. 11 Bell earlier in the week.

The biggest surprise was Buchholz dropping from No. 5 to No. 13 after a shocking 0-5 week, including 0-4 at the Berkeley Prep Tournament this past weekend.

New to the poll this week are Aucilla Christian (Monticello) (7-0 ranked No. 19) and St. Johns Country Day (Orange Park) (7-0), which is tied with Gainesville for 20th.

The Prep Zone Power Poll ranks the top 20 high school football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball teams (regardless of FHSAA Classification) across the 26 counties in North Florida (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Madison, Nassau, Putnam, Sumter, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, Union and Volusia counties). It is voted on weekly by sportswriters and sportscasters and it is powered by Anytime Fitness of Gainesville.

The Prep Zone Power Poll – 2020 Volleyball Poll #3
(School, city, classification, first-place votes, overall record through 9/20, and total voting points)
1. Ponte Vedra (5A) (6) (3-0) – 139
2. Santa Fe (Alachua) (4A) (1) (9-2) – 131
3. Forest (Ocala) (6A) (5-0) – 126
4. Trinity Catholic (Ocala) (3A) (2-3) – 120
5. Vanguard (Ocala) (5A) (5-1) – 108
6. Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville) (4-2) – 99
7. Creekside (St. Johns) (6A) (4-0) – 95
8. Fleming Island (Orange Park) (6A) (5-1) – 93
9. Fletcher (Neptune Beach) (6A) (5-0) – 79
10. Newberry (1A) (5-2) – 78
11. Bell (1A) (9-3) – 73
12. East Ridge (Clermont) (7A) (3-0) – 63
13. Buchholz (Gainesville) (6A) (2-6) – 47
14. Seven Rivers Christian (Lecanto) (2A) (0-0) – 37
15. Bolles (Jacksonville) (4A) (5-1) – 35
16. Branford (1A) (4-1) – 32
17. Ridgeview (Orange Park) (5A) (3-2) – 28
18. Bartram Trail (St. Johns) (7A) (2-3) – 17
19. Aucilla Christian (Monticello) (2A) (7-0) – 15
20T. Gainesville (6A) (3-1) – 14
20T. St. Johns Country Day (Orange Park) (2A) (7-0) – 14
Receiving votes: Lecanto (5A) (1-0) – 11; St. John Lutheran (Ocala) (2A) (5-1) – 7; Mandarin (Jacksonville) (7A) (3-1) – 3; Union County (Lake Butler) (1A) (7-3) – 2; Oak Hall (Gainesville) (3A) (3-1) – 1; Trenton (1A) (5-2) – 1; Tavares (4A) (5-1) – 1.