La Costa Canyon stays on top in Week 5

Updated: October 8, 2008, 2:09 PM ET
ESPNRISE.com

If it can happen to USC football, it can happen to any team. Upsets occurred around the nation, and No. 2 Plant (Tampa, Fla.) fell victim, along with No. 6 Assumption (Louisville, Ky.) and No. 12 Muncie Central (Muncie, Ind.). Plant fell to previous No. 45 Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.) at the Berkeley Premier Invitational (Tampa, Fla.), 25-23, 16-25, 25-18, 21-25, 10-15. Coach Leanna Taylor's Plant squad played without standout Penn State commit Maddie Martin; they hope to have her back in time to redeem themselves at the NIKE Challenge this weekend in Chicago.

Mercy Academy proved worthy of the No. 2 spot in the rankings with strong performances throughout the season so far. This week Mercy downed Berkley Prep, and in the past three weekends have won three nationally attended tournaments: the Louisville Invitational (Louisville, Ky.), Tournament of Champions (St. Louis), and the Berkeley Premier.

Mercy's only loss is to rival Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), which also competed in three nationally attended tournaments: the Burris Invite (Muncie, Ind.), the Durango Classic (Las Vegas) and the NIKE Challenge (Chicago) this weekend. Assumption fell in the rankings this week when it lost to No. 35 Sacred Heart (Louisville, Ky.).

Muncie Central suffered its first loss of the season to Delta, 25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 18-25, 15-9. The squad won its own invitational as they defeated 4A powerhouse Avon (Ind.).

La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) remained on top following its Durango Classic championship, while California schools jostled for position in the rankings. Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) went five games with Los Alamitos and emerged victorious. Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) jumped again in the rankings with its second tournament victory at the Beach Cities Invitational in La Jolla.

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Week 5 Rankings
Rank Team RecordPrevious Rank
1 La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) 10-01
2 Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) 17-13
3 Mercy (Louisville, Ky.) 26-19
4 Benet (Lisle, Ill.) 17-04
5 Churchill (San Antonio) 29-35
6 Plant (Tampa, Fla.) 9-22
7 Naperville Central (Naperville, Ill.) 14-210
8 Assumption (Louisville, Ky.) 21-46
9 Reagan (San Antonio) 30-27
10 Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) 16-28
11 Long Beach Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.) 15-311
12 Ursuline (Cincinnati) 18-014
13 O'Connor (San Antonio) 25-313
14 Papillion La Vista (Papillion, Neb.) 19-015
15 Muncie Central (Muncie, Ind.) 20-112
16 Naperville North (Naperville, Ill.) 16-119
17 Amarillo (Amarillo, Texas) 32-317
18 Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) 12-123
19 Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.) 15-516
20 Kamehameha (Honolulu) 14-222
21 Clear Creek (Houston) 27-620
22 Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 13-235
23 Downers Grove South (Downers Grove, Ill.) 14-321
24 St. James (Lenexa, Kan.) 19-0NR
25 Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, Ky.) 17-540
26 Marymount (Los Angeles) 9-418
27 Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.) 15-245
28 Olmsted Falls (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) 16-031
29 Lee's Summit West (Lee's Summit, Mo.) 12-139
30 Lakewood (Lakewood, Calif.) 11-336
31 Dos Pueblos (Goleta, Calif.) 10-225
32 Shakopee (Shakopee, Minn.) 16-129
33 Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, Calif.) 10-430
34 Lake Highlands (Dallas) 28-333
35 Delta (Muncie, Ind.) 17-444
36 Washburn Rural (Topeka, Kan.) 12-126
37 Mother of Mercy (Cincinnati) 14-324
38 Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.) 18-032
39 Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.) 13-128
40 Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) 9-527
41 Mount Notre Dame Academy (Cincinnati) 16-246
42 St. Charles East (St. Charles. Ill.) 16-150
43 Harvard Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) 5-341
44 Mead (Spokane, Wash.) 4-138
45 Marian (Omaha, Neb.) 14-248
46 Cherry Creek (Cherry Creek, Colo.) 11-0NR
47 Elkhart Memorial (Elkhart, Ind.) 22-134
48 Grand Island (Grand Island, Neb.) 14-142
49 Mother McAuley (Chicago) 12-1NR
50 Muncie Burris (Muncie, Ind.) 23-349