Arundel and South River remain in top two slots in VSN Volleyball Top 20 after epic showdown


Undefeated Arundel (9-0) remained atop the VSN Volleyball Top 20 with a thrilling come from behind 3-2 victory over No. 2 South River (8-2) on Thursday. The latter Seahawks stayed at No. 2 despite the loss because the top two teams are 3-0 each against Howard County foes and the match was so close.

Howard County’s Atholton (9-1) and Howard (10-3) retained the No. 3 and 4 spots, respectively, in our Week 6 poll, as each went 2-0 last week and Carroll County’s Westminster continues at No. 5 with its perfect 10-0 record. A bit of a shuffle occurred in the rest of the Top 10 with Mount de Sales taking the biggest hit and Hereford making the biggest gain.

Mount de Sales (10-2) won a pair of matches last week, but dropped a 3-2 decision to unranked Severna Park (4-6) tumbling from 6th to No. 10 while Hereford (10-1) soared from 11 to No. 7 with two more wins including a 3-2 victory over then No. 10, now No. 11 Towson (10-2).

Notre Dame Prep suffered the biggest fall of all going from No. 15 to out of the Top 20 after losing to then No. 16 St. Paul’s School for Girls, 3-2, and to then No. 17 Archbishop Spalding, 3-1. The two losses dropped the Blazers to 5-6 overall.

Broadneck (5-5) moved back into the Top 20 at No. 17 with a 3-1 upset of then No. 12 Dulaney (8-3) and a near upset of then No. 10 Towson. The latter Generals prevailed 3-2.

River Hill (7-3) flunked a big test in failing to win a single set in back-to-back losses to No. 3 Atholton and No. 4 Howard by identical 3-0 scores. However, the Hawks stayed put at No. 18 due to their seven wins overall in the highly competitive Howard County League.

Ten of the VSN Top 20 teams in all lost last week. Here is the complete Week 6 VSN Volleyball Top 20:

VSN VOLLEYBALL TOP 20 – WEEK 6

1. ARUNDEL

Record: 9-0

Last week’s rank: #1

Last week: def. No. 2 South River, 3-2.

This week: vs. No. 17 Broadneck, 10/17; at Southern, 10-19; vs. Notre Dame Prep, 10/20.

2. SOUTH RIVER

Record: 8-2

Last week’s rank: #2

Last week: def. Severna Park, 3-0; lost to No. 1 Arundel, 3-2.

This week: at Southern, 10/17; at North County 10/19.

3. ATHOLTON

Record: 9-1

Last week’s rank: #4

Last week: def. No. 9 Glenelg, 3-1; def. No. 18 River Hill, 3-0.

This week: vs. Wilde Lake, 10/16; vs.Long Reach, 10/19.

4. HOWARD

Record: 10-3

Last week’s rank: #4

Last week: def. No. 18 River Hill, 3-0; def. No. 8 Centennial, 3-0.

This week: at Long Reach, 10/16; at No. 9 Glenelg, 10/18.

5. WESTMINSTER

Record: 10-0

Last week’s rank: #5

Last week: def. Francis Scott Key, 3-0; def. then No. 13 Century, 3-0.

This week: vs. No. 14 Liberty, 10/17; at Winters Mill, 10/19.

6. RISING SUN

Record: 10-0

Last week’s rank: #7

Last week: def. North East, 3-0; def. Fallston, 3-0.

This week: vs. No. 20 Perryville, 10/17; at No. 19 Bohemia Manor, 10/19.

7. HEREFORD

Record: 10-1

Last week’s rank: #11

Last week: def. then No. 10 Towson, 3-2; def. Lansdowne, 3-0.

This week: vs. South Carroll, 10/16; at Franklin, 10/18.

8. CENTENNIAL

Record: 7-3

Last week’s rank: #8

Last week: def. Hammond, 3-0; lost to No. 4 Howard, 3-0.

This week: at Reservoir, 10/16; at No. 18 River Hill, 10/18.

9. GLENELG

Record: 9-1

Last week’s rank: #9

Last week: : lost to No. 3 Atholton, 3-1 def. Wilde Lake, 3-1.

This week: at Mount Hebron, 10/16; vs. No. 4 Howard, 10/1.

10. MOUNT DE SALES ACADEMY

Record: 10-2

Last week’s rank: #6

Last week: lost to Severna Park, 3-2; def. McDonogh, 3-0.

This week: at John Carroll, 10/17.

11. TOWSON

Record: 10-2

Last week’s rank: #10

Last week: def. Randallstown, 3-0; def.Broadneck, 3-2; lost to then No. 11 Hereford, 3-2.

This week: at Parkville, 10/16; vs. Lansdowne, 10/18.

12. CENTURY

Record: 7-2

Last week’s rank: #13

Last week: def. Manchester Valley, 3-0; lost to No. 5 Westminster, 3-0.

This week: at Franklin, 10/16; at South Carroll, 10/17.

13. DULANEY

Record: 8-3

Last week’s rank: #12

Last week: lost to Broadneck, 3-2; def. Carver, 3-0; def. Western Tech, 3-0.

This week: at Randallstown, 10/18.

14. LIBERTY


Record:
9-2

Last week’s rank: #14

Last week: def. South Carroll, 3-0.

This week: at Walkersville, 10/16; at No. 5 Westminster, 10/17; at Manchester Valley, 10/19.

15. SAINT PAUL’S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

Record: 6-4

Last week’s rank: #16

Last week: lost to then No. 6 Mount de Sales, 3-2; def. then No. 15 Notre Dame Prep, 3-2.

This week: vs. No. 17 Archbishop Spalding, 10/17.

16. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING

Record: 9-5

Last week’s rank: #17

Last week: def. then No. 15 Notre Dame Prep, 3-1.

This week: at St. Paul’s School for Girls, 10/17.

17. BROADNECK

Record: 5-5

Last week’s rank: Not ranked

Last week: def. then No. 12 Dulaney, 3-1; lost to then No. 10 Towson, 3-2.

This week: at No. 1 Arundel, 10/17.

18. RIVER HILL

Record: 7-3

Last week’s rank: #18

Last week: lost to No. 4 Howard, 3-0; lost to No. 3 Atholton, 3-0.

This week: vs. Marriotts Ridge, 10/16; vs. No. 8 Centennial, 10/17.

20. BOHEMIA MANOR EAGLES

Record: 9-2

Last week’s rank: #19

Last week: def. Harford Tech, 3-0; def. Patterson Mill, 3-0.

This week: at Fallston, 10/17; vs. No. 6 Rising Sun, 10/19.

20. PERRYVILLE PANTHERS

Record: 8-2

Last week’s rank: #20

Last week: def. North East, 3-0; def. C. Milton Wright, 3-0.

This week: at No. 6 Rising Sun, 10/17; vs. Harford Tech, 10/18.