Palisades High girls volleyball coach Carlos Gray was none too pleased when the City Section playoff brackets were released last Thursday night and he took to Twitter to voice his disapproval.
“Really tired of getting ‘jobbed’ by the City,” Gray tweeted. “You place a second-place team with a loss to a common opponent ahead of us? And you reward a program who plays NO City opponents outside of its league while we play the No. 1 and No. 2-seeded teams on the road? What good are the polls if the seeds are going to be arbitrarily changed at the end? Just trying to ensure we don’t get to a final.”
Gray was referring to his team being seeded No. 4 behind Granada Hills, which finished second in the West Valley League but was swept by El Camino Real and Cleveland—teams the Dolphins defeated in tournaments. As expected, West Valley League champion Taft is seeded No. 1 and Northern League winner Eagle Rock is No. 2. Both defeated Palisades in nonleague matches during the regular season.
Their seed might be a good omen for the Western League champion Dolphins, who were also seeded fourth last fall when they won the title. They begin this year’s tournament versus Marine League champion Narbonne with the winner advancing to next Tuesday’s semifinals.