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Week 8 lohud volleyball rankings (final regular-season ranks)
All records through Oct. 24

John Jay and Pelham battled in a varsity volleyball match at Pelham High School Sept. 3, 2015.

John Jay and Pelham battled in a varsity volleyball match at Pelham High School Sept. 3, 2015.

1. Panas (12-1, last week’s rank: 1) — If the Panthers are just starting to peak now, that doesn’t bode well for any of the fellow Class A teams in the section. Then again, Panas’ starters have dropped just one set all season (lost 24-26 in the third game against Beacon on Oct. 14).

2. Hen Hud (16-1, last week’s rank: 2) — Sailors head coach Diane Swertfager said she expected the last rendezvous with Panas to go five sets, with Hen Hud coming out on top (Panas swept). Hen Hud gets its rematch on Monday to close out the regular season.

3. John Jay (12-3, last week’s rank: 4) — The Indians notched two massive wins this week, downing rivals Yorktown in four games on Thursday, then digging out of a two-game hole to beat Scarsdale in five. Looks like Panas isn’t the only team starting to peak at the right time.

4. Yorktown (12-3, last week’s rank: 3) — Two of the Huskers’ three losses this year (Panas, Hen Hud) will come to possible future section champs, while the other will be against the team it likely battles for a third consecutive spot in the section final.

5. Scarsdale (12-3, last week’s rank: 6) — The Scarsdale team I saw against Ursuline on Tuesday was the Scarsdale team I was expecting to see the first time they played each other. Even if it squandered a two-set lead against John Jay, it still took two games from John Jay. Now the Raiders need to channel their inner Alec Baldwin and always be closing.

6. Pelham (12-2, last week’s rank: 8) — Pelham beat Harrison in the finals of the Pelham tournament, because of course it did. The Pelicans followed that up by sweeping the Huskies later in the week. Looks like Pelham has it all figured out as sections approach.

7. Ursuline (14-3, last week’s rank: 5) — The Koalas are missing junior libero Milena Ciaccia, who has been out with a mild concussion since last Friday. Ursuline head coach Gigi Kemp said Ciaccia should be back in time for the section tournament.

8. Nyack (16-1, last week’s rank: 9) — With Nyack’s win over Tappan Zee on Friday, the Indians clinched a share of the league title (with Nanuet) for the first time since 1997. To put that into perspective, the last time Nyack had a share of the league title, Titanic had not been released yet.

9. Harrison (13-2, last week’s rank: 7) — Don’t let the No. 9 fool you, pretty much every team from No. 3 on down is neck-and-neck with each other when healthy. Even if the Huskies draw a 6-seed in the section tournament, would you want to face them in the quarterfinals as a 3-seed?

10. Haldane (15-2, last week’s rank: 10) — The Blue Devils have also been hit with injury, with senior Nicole Etta battling a knee injury. The section and regional tournaments shouldn’t pose much of a threat to Haldane, but Etta’s health will play a major factor in how far it goes at the state championships.

On the bubble: Ardsley (13-3), Arlington (12-3), John Jay-East Fishkill (13-5)

Class AA — 1. Scarsdale, 2. Arlington, 3. John Jay-East Fishkill, 4. Clarkstown North (13-2), 5. Fox Lane (9-4), 6. New Rochelle (7-5), 7. North Rockland (9-8), 8. Suffern (8-6), 9. White Plains (10-7), 10. Clarkstown South (6-9)

Class A — 1. Panas, 2. John Jay, 3. Yorktown, 4. Ursuline, 5. Nyack, 6. Harrison, 7. Ossining (8-9), 8. Somers (9-7), 9. Brewster (10-8), 10. Yonkers (13-3)

Class B — 1. Hen Hud, 2. Pelham, 3. Ardsley, 4. Nanuet (13-4), 5. Westlake (11-5), 6. Eastchester (12-5), 7. Beacon (9-6), 8. Peekskill (8-8), 9. Putnam Valley (7-10), 10. Edgemont (9-4)

Class C — 1. Pawling (12-3), 2. Dobbs Ferry (11-5), 3. Briarcliff (11-4), 4. Valhalla (12-5), 5. Irvington (11-5), 6. Blind Brook (10-8), 7. Hastings (12-7), 8. Pleasantville (7-11), 9. Albertus Magnus (9-7), 10. Rye Neck (5-13)

Class D — 1. Haldane, 2. Keio (11-5), 3. Hamilton (12-6), 4. Tuckahoe (8-11), 5. Solomon Schechter (1-13)

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