Volleyball: PTP Tampa Bay top 25 week 1

After the opening week, the top of the rankings mostly stayed the same. The top four teams will all be tested this weekend when they face national competition at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Orlando. 

1. Bishop McLaughlin (1-0)

Up next: Fri.-Sat. at Nike Tournament of Champions (Orlando)

Last spot: No. 1 

Why they stayed put: The Hurricanes, who reached the state semifinals last season, started the season by sweeping Fivay. 

2. Plant (1-0)

Up next: Fri.-Sat. at Nike Tournament of Champions (Orlando)

Last spot: No. 2 

Why they stayed put: The defending state semifinalist Panthers cruised to a 3-0 victory over Berkeley Prep in their season opener. 

3. Steinbrenner (5-0)

Up next: Wed. vs. Gaither; Fri.-Sat. at Nike Tournament of Champions (Orlando)

Last spot: No. 3

Why they stayed put: The Warriors showed they are contenders by beating five quality opponents to take home the team title at the Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational. 

4. Clearwater Central Catholic (1-0)

Up next: Tues. vs. Tampa Catholic; Fri.Sat. at Nike Tournament of Champions (Orlando)

Last Spot: No. 4

Why they stayed put: The Marauders got off to a great start, sweeping Celebration in the season opener. 

5. Calvary Christian (4-0)

Up next: Tuesday at Berkeley Prep; Thursday vs. East Lake

Last spot: No. 5

Why they stayed put: The Warriors got through a brutal opening week schedule unscatched, winning all four matches all via sweeps.

6. Tampa Prep (2-0)

Up next: Tues. at Sarasota Out-of-Door

Last spot: No. 6

Why they stayed put: Started the season with quality wins against Venice (3-1) and Lakeland McKeel Academy (3-0). 

7. St. Petersburg (2-0)

Up next: Wed. vs. Hollins; Thursday at 

Last spot: No. 8

Why they moved up: The defending state finalist Green Devils opened the season with sweeps over Tarpon Springs and Northeast. 

8. Berkeley Prep (1-1)

Up next: Tues. Vs. Calvary Christian

Last spot: No. 7

Why they moved down: Hard to knock the Buccaneers down too many spots after losing to Plant then rebounding to sweep Carrollwood Day.  

9. East Lake (1-0)

Up next: Tues. at Land O’ Lakes; Wed. vs. Countryside; Thurs. at Countryside 

Last spot: No. 9

Why they stayed put: The Eagles got off to a strong start, beating rival Tarpon Springs (3-1) in the season opener. 

10. Academy of the Holy Names (1-0)

Up next: Tues. at Carrollwood Day; Thurs. at Shorecrest

Last spot: No. 10

Why they stayed put: The defending state semifinalist Jaguars were dominant in their opener, allowing a combined 16 points in a sweep over St. Petersburg Catholic. 

11. Weeki Wachee (2-0)

Up next: Tues. at Zephyrhills; Thurs. vs. Hernando

Last spot: No. 12

Why they moved up: The Hornets, who were undefeated in the regular season last year, stayed perfect to start this season with wins against Lecanto and Nature Coast. 

12. Fivay (1-1)

Up next: Fri.-Sat. at Nike Tournament of Champions (Orlando)

Last spot: No. 11

Why they moved down: The Falcons split their opening week matches, beating Wesley Chapel and losing to Bishop McLaughlin. 

13. Land O’ Lakes (6-0)

Up next: Tuesday vs. East Lake; Thursday vs. Wiregrass Ranch

Last spot: Unranked

Why they moved in: The Gators had one of the best starts in the area. They swept rival Sunlake in the season opener, then followed that up by winning all five matches at the Mustang Invitational to take home the team title. 

14. Wharton (1-0)

Up next: Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay Tech; Thursday vs. Chamberlain

Last spot: No. 15

Why they moved up: The Wildcats opened the season with a 3-1 victory over defending state semifinalist Robinson. 

15. Sickles (2-0)

Up next: Wednesday vs. Jefferson

Last spot: No. 16

Why they moved up: The Gryphons could not have asked for a much better start with sweeps over Riverview and Hillsborough. 

16. Osceola (3-1)

Up next: Mon. at Keswick Christian; Thurs. at Northeast

Last spot: No. 14

Why they moved down: After losing to Calvary Christian in the season opener, the Warriors rebounded to win three straight matches. 

17. Mitchell (1-0)

Up next: Wed, vs. Wiregrass Ranch; Thurs. vs. Pinellas Park

Last spot: No. 19

Why they moved up: The Mustangs gained some ground in the rankings after beating Gulg (3-0) and Riverview (3-1) to open the season. 

18. Keswick Christian (3-0)

Up next: Mon. vs. Osceola; Tues. at Cambridge Christian; Thurs. vs. Tampa Bay HEAT

Last spot: No. 21

Why they moved up:  The Crusaders won all three of their opening week matches, the biggest coming against rival Shorecrest (3-2). 

19. Carrollwood Day (1-1)

Up next: Tues. vs. Academy of the Holy Names; Fri. vs. Northside Christian

Last spot: No. 17

Why they moved down: After beating Anclote in the opener, the Patriots were swept by Berkeley Prep. 

20. Newsome (2-0)

Up next: Tues. at Plant City; Thurs. vs. Riverview

Last spot: No. 22

Why they moved up: The Wolves cruised to wins over Robinson (3-1) and Leto (3-0) to open the season. 

21. Shorecrest (1-1)

Up next: Tues. at Northeast; Thurs. vs. Academy of the Holy Names

Last spot: No. 20

Why they moved down: The Chargers, who split their two matches last week, only move down one spot after going five sets in a loss to Keswick Christian. . 

22. Sunlake (1-1)

Up next: Monday vs. Wiregrass Ranch; Thursday at Gulf

Last spot: No. 18

Why they moved down: The Seahawks split their opening week matches, beating Pasco and losing to rival Land O’ Lakes, both via sweeps. 

23. Plant City (1-0)

Up next: Monday vs. Robinson; Tues. vs. Newsome; Thurs. vs. Bloomingdale

Last spot: No. 24

Why they moved up: The Raiders started the season with a sweep over King. 

24. Strawberry Crest (2-0)

Up next: Tuesday vs. Chamberlain; Thursday at Armwood

Last spot: Unranked

Why they moved in: The Chargers make an appearance in the rankings after beating Durant (3-1) and Sumner (3-2) to open the season. 

25. Robinson (2-4)

Up next: Monday at Plant City; Thursday vs. Leto

Last spot: No. 13

Why they moved down: The Knights took a big drop. Their struggles are due in large part to losing Madison Williams, who broke her wrist a week ago.