Moorpark, Diablo Valley top teams in sports information directors' first poll of 2019

Moorpark, Diablo Valley top teams in sports information directors' first poll of 2019

PASADENA - Moorpark College tops the 2019 first California Community College Sports Information Association (CCCSIA) Women's Basketball State Top 20 Rankings by just five points over No. 2 Diablo Valley.

The Raiders (18-1) are tied for the state's most victories and are poised to try to end No. 16 Ventura's amazing 28-year Western State Conference title win streak. Moorpark is also No. 1 in state RPI at .669. Diablo Valley is the last of the undefeated at 18-0, and the Big 8's Vikings matched Moorpark in first place votes (six each). 

Merced (16-2) rolls in at No. 3 on the poll while fellow Central Valley Conference foe College of the Sequoias (17-2) stands at No. 4. The Giants, the champion of their 16-team, Gilcrest Invitational, received the other first place vote this week.

The next three teams are all from the powerful South Coast Conference North Division in No. 5 LA Trade Tech (17-3), No. 6 East Los Angeles (17-4), and No. 7 Pasadena City (15-3). City College of San Francisco (12-2) is at No. 8, then San Joaquin Delta (15-4) No. 9 and a fourth SCC North team--Mt. San Antonio (14-5) at No. 10. 

Moorpark's only loss this year was when its 16-game win streak was snapped in the final of the East LA Tournament by the champion host #6 Huskies. ELAC followed that and along with Pasadena City each won their 8-team brackets in the first Crossover Challenge Tournament, which featured 12 teams that were ranked in the SoCal Region coaches poll. East LA beat tourney host and #12 El Camino in the Blue Bracket final while PCC upset Trade Tech in the White Bracket championship.

After DVC, the state's current longest win streaks belong to Sequoias (14 in a row) and Merced (won 11 straight). 

The North region conferences all began their conference schedules with the most significant early leaders so far being Diablo Valley at 6-0 to top the Big 8 and unranked Solano at 4-0 to lead the Bay Valley.  In the South region, only the Orange Empire has begun its conference schedule.

Top 10 teams' losses:
Moorpark (1): East Los Angeles
Diablo Valley (0): None
Merced (2): Diablo Valley, Moorpark
Sequoias (2): Merced, Pasadena
LA Trade Tech (3): #15 Mt. San Jacinto, Glendale, Pasadena
East Los Angeles (4): Skyline, Cypress, #13 Palomar, San Francisco
Pasadena (3): Reedley, Mt. San Jacinto, Merced
San Francisco (2): Sierra, Ventura
San Joaquin Delta (4): Merced, #12 Sacramento City, Ventura, Diablo Valley
Mt. San Antonio (5): Rio Hondo, Sacramento, #18 Chabot, Moorpark, #13 El Camino

CCCSIA STATE POLL (Jan. 15)      
Rk. School Conference Record Pts
1. Moorpark (6) Western State North 18-1 253
2. Diablo Valley (6) Big 8 18-0 248
3. Merced Central Valley 16-2 222
4. College of the Sequoias (1) Central Valley 17-2 207
5. L.A. Trade Tech South Coast North 17-3 204
6. East Los Angeles South Coast North 17-4 184
7. Pasadena City South Coast North 15-3 182
8. City College of San Francisco Coast North 12-2 172
9. San Joaquin Delta Big 8 15-4 170
10. Mt. San Antonio South Coast North 14-5 115
11. Palomar Pacific Coast Athletic North 13-5  112
12. Sacramento City Big 8 14-5 110
13. El Camino South Coast South 13-5 104
14. Irvine Valley Orange Empire 12-3  85
15. Mt. San Jacinto Pacific Coast Athletic North 13-6  62
16. Ventura Western State North 15-7 60
17. Cabrillo Coast South 10-3 48
18. Chabot Coast North 12-6 40
19. MiraCosta Pacific Coast Athletic North 10-4 26
20. Glendale Western State East 11-4 23
Others receiving votes: Fresno City 22, Sierra 19, Cypress 14, Lassen 10, Santa Barbara City 11, Rio Hondo 8, College of the Siskiyous 6, Skyline 3, Feather River 1.    
Poll Coordinated by Robert Lewis, CCCSIA