Friday, September 23, 2011
Rankings snapshot: A look at the best girls teams in the country
By Susie Arth
The girls soccer scene is anything but settled this season. For the fourth time in four weeks, there is a new No. 1 in the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings. Powerhouse Pennington School (Pennington, N.J.) moves from No. 3 into the top spot after ties tripped up the two teams in front of it. Kudos to No. 8 Central Catholic (Lawrence, Mass.), which went from unranked a week ago all the way to No. 8 this week after taking down previous No. 6 Danvers (Danvers, Mass.).
In volleyball, the top three teams remained in order, but Assumption (Louisville, Ky.) made its move back into the top five after winning the Durango Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. No. 3 Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.) will be tested this weekend at its own tournament, which features several top contenders. Many of the nation's top teams hit Chicago next weekend for the Asics Challenge.
In cross country, Carmel (Carmel, Ind.) moves into the No. 3 spot behind mainstays Fayetteville-Manlius (Manlius, N.Y.) and La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.). The highest-ranked newcomer is South Eugene (Eugene, Ore.) at No. 33.