Volleyball Top 10: Atholton, Langley join the rankings as the regular season ends – Washington Post

With the regular season over for most area volleyball teams, now is the time to reload and prepare for the playoffs. For Flint Hill, a program that packed its schedule with powerful opponents and still went 28-0, the empty week before the ISL AA playoffs on Thursday presents a balancing act.

Yes, the break gives the team valuable time to get healthy and rested, Coach Carrol DeNure said. But a 28-0 record carries a certain rhythm to it that a little time off could put in jeopardy.

“It’s always a question of how much to practice each day to keep everybody fresh and healthy and focused,” DeNure said. “I’m confident we’ll be ready to go.”

If all goes well for the Huskies, they’ll be playing until late in the ISL tournament, following that with the city title match against the WCAC’s winner and then entering the Virginia state playoffs. There could be a stretch in which they have to play five matches in six days.

For now, Flint Hill holds on to its perfect record and the top spot in our rankings.

1. Flint Hill (28-0) Last ranked: 1

The Huskies finished their regular season with 3-0 wins over Sidwell Friends, Episcopal and Trinity Christian.

2. Northwest (14-0) LR: 2

The Jaguars scored an impressive 3-0 win over Wootton to end the season and will be a top seed in the MD 4A playoffs.

3. Loudoun County (19-2) LR: 3

The Raiders avenged their October 3 loss to Heritage by beating the Pride,3-2, to end the regular season.

4. Stone Bridge (23-1) LR: 4

After losing the first match of the year to Loudoun County, the Bulldogs’ dominated the rest of their schedule to finish 22-1.

5. Middleburg Academy (26-4) LR: 5

The fast-paced Dragons offense needed a rare fourth set to take down WCAC contender Paul VI.

6. Holy Cross (26-2) LR: 6

Holy Cross will face a tough road to a sixth straight WCAC title, as Bishop Ireton, Paul VI and St. John’s have all proven capable of giving the Tartans trouble.

7. Arundel (15-0) LR: 7

A 3-2 win over Calvert was the final test for the undefeated Wildcats before they start the MD 4A playoffs.

8. Atholton (13-1) LR: NR

The Raiders went 11-0 in Howard County play to win the county title and earn a top seed in the MD 3A bracket.

9. Langley (20-3) LR: NR

After a late-September week in which they lost twice, the Saxons finished their regular season by winning eight straight games.

10. Calvert (13-1) LR: 8

The Cavaliers suffered their first loss of the season, a tight 3-2 defeat against Arundel.

Dropped out: No. 9 Damascus (15-2), No. 10 Yorktown (15-3)

On the bubble:  Wilson (27-2), Northern (14-1), Patriot (20-3)

All records through Monday.

Volleyball Top 10: Atholton, Langley join the rankings as the regular season ends – Washington Post

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