Early action remains inconclusive as several teams still figuring things out


If early results are an indication, there will be lots of shuffling in the VSN Volleyball Top 20 this fall as many teams continue to figure out who they are and who they can be. Early returns, however, show that Arundel High is settling in quite nicely to the No. 1 spot, were they sit in the VSN Volleyball Week 2 Top 20.

Broadneck has climbed up one spot to No. 2, while the Top 5 also includes No. 3 Maryvale Prep, No. 4 Severna Park and No. 5 Howard.

Entering the poll this week are a pair of IAAM teams, as Annapolis Area Christian has won three straight, including a sweep of then No. 10 Archbishop Spalding, and McDonogh debuting at No. 18 after a win over then No. 12 Hereford.

Here is the complete Week 2 VSN Volleyball Top 20:


1. ARUNDEL

Record: 2-0

Previous ranking: 1

Note: The Wildcats have yet to drop a set through two matches.


2. BROADNECK

Record: 2-0

Previous ranking: 3

Note: Bruins set to challenge No. 1 Arundel on Tuesday.


3. MARYVALE PREP

Record: 3-0

Previous ranking: 5

Note: The Lions have won all nine sets they’ve played thus far.


4. SEVERNA PARK

Record: 2-0

Previous ranking: 6

Note: The Falcons have opened 2-0 in Anne Arundel County play.


5. HOWARD

Record: 2-0

Previous ranking: 7

Note: The Lions extract some revenge for last spring with a win over then-No. 4 Reservoir.


6. WESTMINSTER

Record: 5-3

Previous ranking: 2

Note: The Owls dropped some sets in pool play, but reached the semifinals of their own invitational before falling to North Hagerstown.


7. RESERVOIR

Record: 2-1

Previous ranking: 4

Note: After a 2-0 start the Gators took thump in league play from then-No. 7 Howard.


8. RIVER HILL

Record: 3-0

Previous ranking: 9

Note: The Hawks are off to perfect start in Howard County.


9. CENTURY

Record: 2-0

Previous ranking: 11

Note: The Knights are undefeated with pair of sweeps.


10. GLENELG 

Record: 3-0

Previous ranking: 20

Note: The Gladiators picked up title at the Linganore Tournament.


11. ANNAPOLIS AREA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Record: 3-1

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Note: Since season opening loss to Maryvale Prep, the Eagles have rolled off three straight wins, including sweep of then-No. 10 Archbishop Spalding.


12. MOUNT DE SALES ACADEMY

Record: 3-4

Previous ranking: 15

Note: The Sailors reached the quarterfinals of Westminster Tournament.


13. ST. MARY’S

Record: 5-5

Previous ranking: 13

Note: Saints had mixed results against heavyweight field at Westminster Tournament.


14. BEL AIR

Record: 2-4

Previous ranking: 8

Note: Bobcats struggled at Westminster Tournament.


15. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 

Record: 2-2

Previous ranking: 10

Note: The Cavaliers absorbed surprise loss from upstart Annapolis Area Christian.


16. CENTENNIAL

Record: 1-1

Previous ranking: 16

Note: The Eagles claimed second place at Linganore Tournament.


17. MOUNT HEBRON

Record: 1-1

Previous ranking: 17

Note: The Vikings return to Howard County action with visit from Long Reach Tuesday.


18. MCDONOGH SCHOOL

Record: 2-1

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Note: The Eagles earn entry into Top 20 with win over then-No. 12 Hereford.


19. HEREFORD

Record: 2-1

Previous ranking: 12

Note: Bulls struggle in 3-0 loss to McDonogh.


20. DULANEY

Record: 0-1

Previous ranking: 14

Note: Lions return to Baltimore County action this week.