Clovis West High's volleyball team, which has won Central Section titles in two of the past three seasons, is the favorite once again after being given the No. 1 seed Friday for the Division I playoffs by section commissioner Jim Crichlow and his three area assistants.
Other top seeds in the five-division postseason include Madera (Division II), Independence (III), Central Valley Christian (IV) and Kings Christian (V).
Tri-River Athletic Conference champion Clovis West was given the top seed over defending D-I champ and Southwest Yosemite League winner Centennial.
The Golden Eagles and Golden Hawks have not met this season, but Clovis West does have two wins over third-seeded Liberty-Bakersfield, which went 2-1 against Centennial.
Clovis West has not lost to a D-I team from the section this season. It's also beaten sixth-seeded Stockdale and No. 8 Bullard.
While the Golden Eagles appear to be the class of D-I, the D-II bracket looks wide open based on previous results that had the top-seeded Coyotes losing to No. 3 Yosemite, and the Badgers falling to No. 2 Clovis North during the regular season.
Defending division champion Edison is seeded sixth.
In D-III, Independence is the No. 1 seed despite going 0-10 in the rugged SWYL, which featured teams seeded 2-6 in D-I. North Yosemite League co-champions Hoover and Madera South were seeded Nos. 3-4, respectively. Madera South topped Independence 3-2 in last year's final.
Central Valley Christian and Kings Christian will have homecourt advantage as they try to defend the D-IV and V titles, respectively.
The Cavaliers are seeking a third straight title. The Eagles will look to improve on a CIF Southern California Regional runner-up finish from last season.
The playoffs begin Monday, with the quarterfinal round Wednesday, the semifinals Nov. 15 and the finals Nov. 17 for all divisions except V, which starts with Monday quarterfinals, then has Wednesday semifinals and the championship Nov. 15.
Buchanan (boys) and Clovis (girls) – both undefeated in TRAC play – drew the top seeds for the D-I playoffs.
Clovis North is the top seed in D-II boys and girls, while Garces (boys) and Mt. Whitney (girls) earned the No. 1 seeds in D-III.
Clovis West's programs, the defending boys champion and girls runner-up, both received No. 2 seeds in D-I. Clovis is the No. 3 seed in boys, while County/Metro Athletic Conference champion Sanger is the three seed in girls.
In Division II, Clovis North has home-pool advantage while seeking a second straight boys title. The Broncos girls will look to dethrone Golden West as division champions.
Garces, the only Bakersfield-area school that plays water polo, has the No. 1 seed in D-III for the second straight year in its quest for a second consecutive title.
The top two seeds in D-III girls are the same from a year ago, when top-seeded Mt. Whitney fell in the final to No. 2 Tulare.