The Bellarmine varsity volleyball team has been the perennial powerhouse of Northern California volleyball since CCS officially added the sport in 1997. The Bells have won 13 CCS championships, with the most recent coming in 2018. In 2016, the Bells brought home the school’s first-ever Northern California State Tournament Championship.
2019 was another exceptional year for the volleyball team. The Bells took home their fourth straight West Catholic Athletic League Championship, the school’s 15 overall. They performed well throughout the season, finishing with a record of 30-9 with most of their losses coming to schools ranked nationally within the top 25. The Bells finished in the Gold Bracket of the Santa Barbara Tournament of champions and took fourth at their own Bellarmine Invitational tournament; both tournaments feature some of the premier teams in the nation.
Their performance in the regular season secured them the second overall seed in the CCS division 1 playoffs. After a tough victory in the semi-finals against one of the best Branham teams in recent years, the Bells made it back to their fourth CCS championship game where they would face off against a familiar foe, Monta Vista. The Bells have eliminated Monta Vista from the CCS playoffs for the past three seasons but this year the Monta Vista team would prove too strong and grab the school’s first ever CCS title.
The Bells would go on to compete in the Northern California State tournament. Their first match was against a young and talented squad from Campolindo High School; the Bells would prevail in 3 sets. The team would then be upended in the semi-finals by a very strong Harker team. Overall, the Bells had a tremendous season filled with both team and individual accolades. The team ended the season ranked 24th in the nation, Christopher Boken was named the WCAL MVP and he was the first Bell player to receive this award since 2011, and Christopher Varseveld was named as a 2nd team high school all-American. The team graduated 10 seniors but has a solid group of young players ready to tackle the challenges of the 2020 season.