Santa Barbara High was seeded No. 1 in Division 2 for the CIF-SS boys volleyball playoffs.
The Channel League-champion Dons (11-0), were ranked 10th in the combined Division 1-2 poll. The CIF playoff advisory committee took the top eight teams to make up the Division 1 bracket and the remaining teams were placed in Division 2.
Huntington Beach, which was ranked ahead of the Dons, was seeded second in Division 2 after finishing third in the Surf League.
Santa Barbara received a first-round bye on Tuesday and will open the playoffs at Quartz Hill (7-1), the No. 1 team from the Golden League on Thursday.
Also in Division 2, Channel League runner-up San Marcos (8-2) drew a first-round home match Tuesday against Hart (Foothill League No. 3, 6-3).
Dos Pueblos (Channel No. 3, 4-5) is in Division 3 and plays at Pacific View League champion Oxnard (10-2) on Tuesday in the first round.
In Division 4, Tri-Valley League first-place Laguna Blanca (4-1) is home for a first-round match Tuesday against Claremont (Valle Vista No. 3, 6-7).
In Division 5, Bishop Diego was left out of the playoffs despite being ranked in the top five in the division for most of the season. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, only three of the five teams competed in the Tri-Valley League during this pandemic-stricken season. Under CIF regulations, “a minimum of four schools or teams make up a league for recognition for guaranteed playoff entry, less than four teams or schools are not recognized for entry into playoffs.”
Bishop Diego coach Dillan Bennett expressed his frustration over the team being left out of the playoffs.
“I speak for my players who are beyond disappointed in this outcome, because they were a team who could have been competitive deep into the D5 playoffs as the third-ranked team,” he told Noozhawk. “A team’s postseason fate should not rest on two matches, and ours did, despite playing more games than any team in our league, and working harder than any team in our league to make a season happen for our players.”
There were 34 automatic qualifiers in the division, and Laguna Blanca received one as the top TVL team.
Carpinteria (2-5), which finished third in the five-team Citrus Coast League, made the Division 5 playoffs and will play at Oakwood (Liberty No. 1, 4-1).