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Gators come in at No. 19; Spalding returns at No. 20; little else changes in Week 7


by Pat O'Malley

Just minor changes in the Top 16 teams in the VSN Girls Volleyball Poll, while Perryville and River Hill dropped out and Reservoir and Archbishop Spalding jumped in the Top 20, at Nos. 19 and 20 respectively.

Five teams ranked in the first 16 last week lost matches, including Nos. 2 and 3 in South River (12-1) and Mount de Sales Academy (12-2) but all those losses came at the hands of ranked teams. South River lost its first match of the season by 3-1 to highly competitive and No. 12 ranked Howard (8-5), which then turned around and lost at home by 3-2 to then No. 4 and now No. 3 Glenelg.

South River can’t be punished for losing its first best of five.

Glenelg (11-1), which has lost only to No. 1 Atholton (12-0), traded places with IAAM A Conference power, Mount de Sales. The latter Sailors were handed a tough 3-2 decision to then No. 15 (now No. 14) St. Paul’s School for Girls (12-3). The Gators are a team to beware of going into the upcoming IAAM A Conference double elimination tournament and flip flopped with IAAM B Conference contending Maryvale Prep (14-4) which was No. 14.

Carroll County powers, No. 7 Westminster (11-1) and No. 8 Winters Mill (10-2) traded places as a result of the former Owls 3-zip victory over the Falcons. Nos. 9 through 13 remained right where they were last week. Centennial (8-4) held No. 16 with victories by 3-2 over Reservoir (7-5) that moved into the Top 20 for the first time this season with River Hill (7-5) falling out after its 3-1 loss to Centennial.

No. 19 Reservoir defeated River Hill, 3-0 in a head-to-head encounter.

Spalding’s Cavaliers (11-8) of veteran coach Scott Rombach have been coming on as we go down the stretch, something he predicted would happen before the 2018 season commenced. The Cavs have won five of their last seven matches, including a 3-2 win over No. 15 Maryvale Prep, and have been in and out of the Top 20 this season.

Here is the entire Week 7 2018 VSN Volleyball Top 20:

VSN VOLLEYBALL TOP 20 POLL - WEEK 7

1. ATHOLTON

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #1

Record: 12-0

Last week: defeated Wilde Lake, 3-0; defeated Long Reach, 3-0

This week: vs. No. 16 Centennial, 10-23; vs. Oakland Mills, 10-25

2. SOUTH RIVER

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #2

Record: 12-1

Last week: defeated Southern, 3-0; lost to No. 12 Howard, 3-1; defeated North County, 3-0

This week: at No. 6 Dulaney, 10-23

3. GLENELG

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #4

Record: 11-1

Last week: defeated Mount Hebron, 3-2; defeated No. 12 Howard, 3-2

This Week: at Oakland Mills, 10-23; vs. No. 16 Centennial, 10-25

4. MOUNT DE SALES ACADEMY

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #3

Record: 12-2

Last week: lost to No. 15 St. Paul’s, 3-2

This week: IAAM A Conference playoffs, TBA

5. ARUNDEL

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #5

Record: 9-2

Last week: defeated No. 11 Broadneck, 3-1; defeated Southern, 3-0

This week: vs. Calvert, 10-22; vs. North County, 10-23

6. DULANEY

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #6

Record: 11-1

Last week: : defeated Randallstown, 3-0

This week: vs. No. 2 South River, 10-23; vs. No. 13 Hereford, Baltimore County Championship, 10-24

7. WESTMINSTER

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #8

Record: 11-1

Last Week: defeated Liberty, 3-1; defeated then No. 7 Winters Mill, 3-0

This week: vs. No. 13 Hereford, 10-22; at South Carroll, 10-25

8. WINTERS MILL

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #7

Record: 10-2

Last week: defeated Manchester Valley, 3-0; lost to then No. 8 Westminster, 3-0

This week: at No. 17 Century, 10-23; vs. Francis Scott Key, 10-25

9. RISING SUN

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #9

Record: 10-1

Last week: defeated Bohemia Manor, 3-0

This week: at Tatnall (Wilmington, Del.), 10-22; at No. 10 Bel Air, 10-23; vs. C. Milton Wright, 10-25

10. BEL AIR

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #10

Record: 12-1

Last Week: defeated then No. 17 Perryville, 3-2

This Week: vs. No. 9 Rising Sun, 10-23; at Patterson Mill, 10-25

11. BROADNECK

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #11

Record: 7-3

Last week: lost to No. 5 Arundel, 3-1; defeated Towson, 3-0

This week: at Old Mill, 10-23; at Annapolis, 10-25

12. HOWARD

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #12

Record: 8-5

Last week: defeated No. 2 South River, 3-1; lost to then No. 4 Glenelg, 3-2

This week: at No. 19 Reservoir, 10-23; vs. Marriotts Ridge, 10-25

13. HEREFORD

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #13

Record: 10-2

Last week: defeated South Carroll, 3-1; defeated Franklin, 3-0

This Week: at No. 7 Westminster, 10-22; at No. 6 Dulaney, Baltimore County Championship, 10-24

14. ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #15

Record: 12-3

Last week: defeated then No. 20 AACS, 3-1; defeated then No. 3 Mount de Sales, 3-2

This week: IAAM A Conference playoffs TBA

15. MARYVALE PREP

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #14

Record: 14-4

Last week: defeated Manchester Valley, 3-1; defeated McDonogh, 3-0

This Week: IAAM B Conference playoffs TBA

16. CENTENNIAL

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #16

Record: 8-4

Last week: defeated Reservoir, 3-2; defeated then No. 19 River Hill, 3-1

This week: vs. Reservoir, 10-16; vs. No. 19 River Hill, 10-18

17. CENTURY

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #18

Record: 9-4

Last week: defeated South Carroll, 3-0; defeated Franklin, 3-0

This week: vs. No. 8 Winters Mill, 10-23; vs. Liberty, 10-25

18. ANNAPOLIS AREA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #20

Record: 9-6

Last week: lost to then No. 15 St. Paul’s, 3-1; defeated John Carroll, 3-0

This week: at No. 20 Archbishop Spalding, 10-22

18. RESERVOIR

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: Not ranked

Record: 7-5

Last week: lost to No. 16 Centennial, 3-2; defeated Hammond, 3-0

This week: vs. No. 12 Howard, 10-23; vs. Long Reach, 10-25

20. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: Not ranked

Record: 11-8

Last week: defeated Notre Dame Prep, 3-1; defeated John Carroll, 3-0

This week: vs. No. 18 AACS, 10-22

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