Category: UCBAC Feature

After No. 1 Atholton and No. 2 South River, the Top 10 undergoes a shuffle


by Pat O'Malley

A Top 10 shakeup has taken place in the VSN Volleyball Top 20, but the top two teams in No. 1 Atholton (10-0) and No. 2 South River (10-0) held their spots, while the other teams in the first 10 moved around. Last week’s No. 10, Howard (7-4), is the only team to fall out of the Top 10, replaced by Bel Air, last week No. 11 squad.

The Mount de Sales Sailors (12-1) continue to be the team to beat in the IAAM A Conference and have moved up to No. 3 and Glenelg (9-1), which suffered its first loss of the season in a hard fought 3-0 decision at the hands of top ranked Atholton, jumped two spots from No. 6 to No. 4. No. 3 Arundel (7-2), which has suffered its losses to Atholton and South River, slipped from No. 3 to No. 5 and Dulaney (10-1) took is first defeat by 3-zip to Broadneck and is now No. 6 in the shuffle.

A trio of 9-1 teams placed in the next three spots.

Winters Mill (9-1) lost its first match to Tuscarora (this team not in Baltimore area, but will be in the state tournament), 3-1, but the Falcons dealt Westminster (also 9-1) its only loss two weeks ago by 3-2. As result of the head-to-head meeting, Winters Mill comes in at No. 7, from No. 9, and Westminster takes the 8th berth slipping from No. 7.

Rising Sun (9-1) of the UCBAC dropped a 3-2 decision to arch-rival and No. 17 Perryville (7-2), which was No. 18 last week The Tigers dropped from No. 8 to No. 9.

IAAM B Conference power Maryvale Prep (13-4) continues to make noise, knocking off A conference teams such as No. 15 (then No. 13) St. Paul’s School for Girls, 3-0, last week before losing a tough 3-1 decision to No. 3 Mount de Sales. The latter Sailors avenged a 3-2 loss to Maryvale several weeks ago.

Now No. 14 Maryvale Prep, moving up from No. 16, owns two wins each over St. Paul’s, John Carroll and AACS, plus victories over other A Conference schools in Notre Dame Prep and McDonogh.

Finally, Archbishop Spalding (10-8) dropped out of the Top 20 and returning at No. 20 is AACS (8-5) after 3-zip victories over Spalding and McDonogh in A Conference action.

This week No. 2 South River visits No. 12 Howard on Wednesday and No. 5 Arundel is at No. 11 Broadneck, which has lost only to top ranked Atholton and No. 2 South River. Also, No. 7 Winters Mill visits No. 8 Westminster, with the latter looking to avenge their only loss in a big Carroll County contest.

No. 10 Bel Air will play host to No. 17 Perryville which is coming off it’s big upset of Rising Sun in the UCBAC.

Here is the entire Week 6 2018 VSN Volleyball Top 20:

VSN VOLLEYBALL TOP 20 POLL - WEEK 6

1. ATHOLTON

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #1

Record: 10-0

Last week: defeated then-No. 6 Glenelg, 3-0; defeated then-No. 15 River Hill, 3-0

This week: at Wilde Lake, Oct. 16; at Long Reach, Oct. 18

2. SOUTH RIVER

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #2

Record: 10-0

Last week: defeated then-No. 20 Severna Park, 3-0; defeated then-No. 3 Arundel, 3-0

This week: vs. Southern, Oct. 16; at No. 12 Howard,  Oct. 17; vs. North County, Oct. 18

3. MOUNT DE SALES ACADEMY

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #5

Record: 12-1

Last week: defeated John Carroll School, 3-0; defeated then-No. 16 Maryvale Prep, 3-1

This week: vs. No. 15 St. Paul’s School, Oct. 17; at No. 20 Annapolis Area Christian School, Oct. 19

4. GLENELG

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #6

Record: 9-1

Last week: lost to No. 1 Atholton, 3-0; defeated Wilde Lake, 3-0

This Week: vs. Mount Hebron, Oct. 16; at No. 12 Howard, Oct. 18

5. ARUNDEL

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #3

Record: 7-2

Last week: defeated Notre Dame Prep, 3-0; lost to No. 2 South River, 3-0

This week: at No. 11 Broadneck, Oct. 16; vs. Southern, Oct. 18

6. DULANEY

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #4

Record: 10-1

Last week: : lost to then-No. 12 Broadneck, 3-0; defeated Carver A&T, 3-0

This week: vs. Randallstown, Oct. 18

7. WINTERS MILL

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #9

Record: 9-1

Last week: defeated South Carroll, 3-0; lost to Tuscarora, 3-1

This week: at Manchester Valley, 10-16; at No. 8 Westminster, 10-18

8. WESTMINSTER

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #7

Record: 9-1

Last Week: defeated then-No. 19 Century, 3-0; defeated Francis Scott Key, 3-0

This week: at No. 19 Liberty, Oct. 16; vs. No. 7 Winters Mill, Oct. 18

9. RISING SUN

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #8

Record: 9-1

Last week: lost to then-No. 18 Perryville, 3-2

This week: vs. Bohemia Manor, Oct. 16

10. BEL AIR

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #11

Record: 10-1

Last Week: defeated C. Milton Wright, 3-0; defeated North East, 3-0

This Week: vs. No. 17 Perryville, Oct. 16

11. BROADNECK

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #12

Record: 6-2

Last week: defeated then-No. 4 Dulaney, 3-0

This week: vs. No. 5 Arundel, Oct. 16; vs. Towson, Oct. 17

12. HOWARD

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #10

Record: 7-4

Last week: : defeated then-No. 15 River Hill, 3-2; lost to then-No. 17 Centennial, 3-2

This week: vs. Long Reach, Oct. 16; vs. No. 2 South River, Oct. 17; vs. No. 4 Glenelg, Oct. 18

13. HEREFORD

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #14

Record: 8-2

Last week: defeated Towson, 3-0

This Week: at South Carroll, Oct. 15; vs. Franklin, Oct. 18; at McDonogh School, Oct. 19

14. MARYVALE PREP

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #16

Record: 13-5

Last week: defeated then-No. 13 St. Paul’s School, 3-0; lost to then-No. 5 Mount de Sales, 3-1

This Week: at Manchester Valley, Oct. 15; vs. McDonogh School, Oct. 17

15. ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #13

Record: 10-3

Last week: defeated Perry Hall, 3-0; lost to then-No. 16 Maryvale Prep, 3-0; defeated Notre Dame Prep, 3-0

This week: vs. No. 20 Annapolis Area Christian School, Oct. 15; at No. 3 Mount de Sales Academy, Oct. 17

16. CENTENNIAL

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #17

Record: 6-4

Last week: defeated Hammond, 3-0; defeated then-No. 10 Howard, 3-2

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

17. PERRYVILLE

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #18

Record: 7-2

Last week: defeated North East, 3-1; defeated then-No. 8 Rising Sun, 3-2

This week: at No. 10 Bel Air, Oct. 16; at Tome School, Oct. 17

18. CENTURY

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #19

Record: 7-4

Last week: lost to then-No. 7 Westminster, 3-0; defeated Manchester Valley, 3-0

This week: vs. South Carroll, Oct. 16

19. RIVER HILL

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: #15

Record: 6-4

Last week: lost to then-No. 10 Howard, 3-2; lost to No. 1 Atholton, 3-0

This week: at Marriotts Ridge, Oct. 16; at No. 16 Centennial, Oct. 18

20. ANNAPOLIS AREA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Last week's VSN Top 20 rank: Not ranked

Record: 8-5

Last week: defeated then-No. 20 Archbishop Spalding, 3-0; defeated McDonogh School, 3-0

This week: at No. 15 St. Paul’s School, Oct. 15; vs. John Carroll School, Oct. 17; vs. No. 3 Mount de Sales Academy, Oct. 19

VSN Skyscraper 2