Top 12 teams are dominant in posting a 22-1 record last week


by Pat O’Malley

Only one team among the top 12 ranked teams in the VSN Volleyball Top 20 lost a match last week while the other 11 teams went a cumulative 21-0, including No. 10 Howard (6-3) that lost to numero uno Atholton (8-0) by 3-2. You can make it a 22-1 overall week for the dapper dozen. Howard could not be punished for losing to the top team in five sets.

Looking at 13 through 20, there was only a mild shuffle with Century (6-3) and Archbishop Spalding (9-7) climbing back in at Nos. 19 and 20, respectively. Former No. 18 Wilde Lake had an 0-2 week and fell to 5-4 and out of the poll as did last week’s No. 20, Severna Park. The latter Falcons dropped their fifth match leaving them at 3-5 overall with all of their losses to Top 20 teams.

IAAM B Conference leading Maryvale Prep (12-4) lost to Spalding by 3-2 and tumbled from No. 13 to No. 16 and Centennial (4-4), one of five Howard County squads among the elite, slipped from 15 to 17 losing to unranked Mount Hebron by 3-2.

Century snapped a 3-match losing streak with a 3-1 victory over previously ranked Liberty (4-4) in a Carroll County meeting and then blanked Francis Scott Key, 3-0 to land back in the rankings.

Two big matches among several coming up this week are Tuesday’s Howard County powers No. 6 Glenelg at No. 1 Athlton with each team putting an unbeaten mark on the line at 8-0 each, and on Thursday in Gambrills the annual showdown with host and No. 3 Arundel (6-1) and No. 2 South River (8-0). The Seahawks come calling for the huge Anne Arundel County match.

Last season, Arundel swept South River in three matches winning regular season, county championship match and the Class 4A East Region final.

Here is the entire Week 5 2018 VSN Volleyball Top 20:

VSN VOLLEYBALL TOP 20 POLL – WEEK 5

1. ATHOLTON

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #1

Record: 8-0

Last week: defeated No.10 Howard, 3-2 and defeated Marriotts Ridge, 3-0

This week: vs. No. 6 Glenleg, 10-9; vs. No. 15 River Hill, 10-11

2. SOUTH RIVER

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #2

Record: 8-0

Last week: defeated Annapolis, 3-0 and defeated Great Mills, 3-0

This week: at Severna Park, 10-9; at No. 3 Arundel, 10-11

3. ARUNDEL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #3

Record: 6-1

Last week: defeated Old Mill, 3-0 and defeated Annapolis, 3-0

This week: vs. South River, 10-11

4. DULANEY

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #4

Record: 9-0

Last week: defeated Catonsville, 3-0 and defeated Loch Raven, 3-0

This week: at No. 12 Broadneck, 10-8; vs. Carver A&T, 10-9; at Western Tech, 10-11

5. MOUNT DE SALES ACADEMY

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #5

Record: 11-1

Last week: defeated Notre Dame Prep, 3-1 and defeated Archbishop Spalding, 3-1

This week: vs. John Carroll, 10-10; at No. 16 Maryvale Prep, 10-12

6. GLENELG

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #6

Record: 8-0

Last week: defeated Hammond, 3-0 and Long Reach, 3-0

This Week: at No. 1 Atholton, 10-9; vs. Wilde Lake, 10-11

7. WESTMINSTER

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #7

Record: 7-1

Last Week: defeated South Carroll, 3-0 and defeated Manchester Valley, 3-0

This week: vs. No. 19 Century, 10-8

8. RISING SUN

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #8

Record: 9-0

Last week: defeated Patterson Mill, 3-0 and defeated North East-Cecil, 3-0

This week: at No. 18 Perryville, 10-11

9. WINTERS MILL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #9

Record: 8-0

Last week: defeated Francis Scott Key, 3-0 and defeated Liberty, 3-2

This week: vs. South Carroll, 10-9; vs. Tuscarora, 10-11

10. HOWARD

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #10

Record: 6-3

Last week: : lost to No. 1 Atholton, 3-0 and defeated then No. 18 Wilde Lake, 3-1

This week: at No. No. 15 River Hill; vs. No. 17 Centennial, 10-11

11. BEL AIR

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #11

Record: 8-1

Last Week: defeated Bohemia Manor, 3-0

This Week: vs. C. Milton Wright, 10-9

12. BROADNECK

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #12

Record: 5-2

Last week: defeated North County, 3-0 and defeated No. 20 Severna Park,3-1

This week: vs. No. 4 Dulaney, 10-8

13. ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #14

Record: 8-2

Last week: defeated McDonogh, 3-1; defeated John Carroll, 3-0; defeated AACS, 3-2

This week: at McDonogh, 10-1; vs. John Carroll, 10-3; at AACS, 10-5

14. HEREFORD

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #16

Record: 7-2

Last week: at McDonogh, 10-1; vs. John Carroll, 10-3; at AACS, 10-5

This Week: at Towson, Oct. 9; at Lansdowne, Oct. 11

15. RIVER HILL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #17

Record: 6-2

Last week: defeated Reservoir, 3-0 and defeated Hammond, 3-0

This week: vs. Howard,10-9; at No. 1 Atholton, 10-11

16. MARYVALE PREP

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #13

Record: 12-4

Last week: lost to Spalding, 3-2 and defeated AACS, 3-2 and defeated Notre Dame Prep, 3-0

This Week: vat No. 13 St. Paul’s, 10-10

17. CENTENNIAL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #15

Record: 4-4

Last week: lost to Mount Hebron, 3-2 and defeated Oakland Mills, 3-1

This week: at Hammond, 10-9

18. PERRYVILLE

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #19

Record: 5-2

Last week: defeated Bohemia Manor, 3-0 and defeated C. Milton Wright, 3-0

This week: vs. Bohemia Manor, 10-2; at C. Milton Wright, 10-4

19. CENTURY

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: Not ranked

Record: 6-3

Last week: defeated Liberty, 3-1 and defeated Francis Scott Key, 3-0

This week: at No. 7 Westminster, 10-8; vs. Manchester Valley, 10-9

20. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: Not ranked

Record: 9-7

Last week: defeated then No. 13 Maryvale Prep, 3-2 and defeated McDonogh, 3-1; lost to No. 5 Mount de Sales, 3-0

This week: vs. AACS, 10-9; vs. Severna Park, 10-11; at Towson, 10-12