CIF polls primed for changes this week

We’re at the halfway point for the majority of fall school sports ranked in CIF polls and little has changed specifically in water polo.

That will be different by the end of this week as two key Desert Valley League matches will be played out.

On Tuesday, it’s No. 4 ranked La Quinta hosting current No. 6 team Palm Springs. Both schools have been ranked in Div. 6 all season with Palm Desert in the middle at No. 5.

Palm Springs hosts Palm Desert on Thursday, so all three of the league’s top team will know where they stand. Expect high-octane offense from all three teams as the Blackhawks, Aztecs and Indians have prolific scorers.

Game time for both matches is 3:15 p.m.

The DVL cross country title could be on the line Wednesday at Lake Cahuilla when Coachella Valley High hosts DVL Meet. No. 2 for both boys and girls.

Xavier Prep girls and Indio boys captured the top spots respectively in DVL Meet 1 and need just one more first-place finish to grab the league title. There are only 3 cluster meets in league competition and CIF then divides teams by enrollment for post-season competition. Xavier boys and girls are the only two ranked teams, both No. 3 in Div. 5.

The first round of DVL volleyball closes out Tuesday with the biggest match of rivalry week between visiting La Quinta and Palm Desert. Indio and Coachella Valley also battle toward a first DVL victory.

The game that could give one team a jump toward the title is Thursday at Palm Springs. The defending champs host unbeaten Xavier Prep in a key match at 6 p.m. The last time they faced off, the DVL opener for both schools, Xavier won at home, 3-1. The Saints are the lone DVL team ranked in the current CIF poll, standing at No. 6 in Div. 2. Both Palm Springs and Palm Desert dropped out this week.

In DeAnza volleyball, Shadow Hills continues its torrid pace, now at 11-2 overall with the only losses to DVL teams. The Knights are currently ranked No. 5 in Div. 4.

In Div. 5, West Shores stands at No. 6 and Marywood Palm Valley hangs in at No. 8