Top 10 holds steady; Century debuts


by Pat O’Malley

Despite the last three teams (Nos. 8, 9 & 10) in the VSN Volleyball Top 10 losing, the first 10 in the Top 20 remained the same since the trio was blanked 3-zip by the No. 2 and No. 3 teams, South River (3-0) and Arundel (3-0) respectively. South River knocked off both No. 8 Centennial (1-1) and No. 9 Broadneck (1-1) while No. 10 Howard (1-1) was beaten by Arundel.

In the second 10, Rising Sun (13 to 11th), St. Paul’s School for Girls (15 to 13th), Bel Air (16 to 14th), Winters Mill (17 to 15th), Wilde Lake (18 to 17th) and Perryville (19 to 18th) made slight advances in the poll as a result of losses by Liberty and Severna Park that caused the latter two to tumble five places each. Winters Mill took a 3-1 decision over Liberty to move over Liberty in the poll and, and, in a rarity, Severna Park stayed in the rankings despite being winless after three matches.

Under veteran coach Tim Dunbar, the Falcons always aim to play a tough schedule in hopes of getting better as the season goes on to the post season. The Falcons lost last week by 3-0 to No. 1 Atholton and No. 3 Arundel after dropping their season opener to fifth-ranked Dulaney by 3-2. Dunbar’s philosophy has usually been a winner for him and his program.

Annapolis Area Christian School lost 3-1 to unranked Maryvale Prep to slip to 1-2 and out of the Top 20 while Carroll County’s young Century squad opened with a 3-0 victory over Francis Scott Key to take AACS’ place in the poll at No. 20.

A key matchup this week has No. 9 Broadneck (1-1) calling on top ranked Atholton (2-0) in Howard County today (Sept. 17)  at 5.30 p.m.

Here is the entire Week 2 2018 VSN Volleyball Top 20:

 

VSN VOLLEYBALL TOP 20 POLL – WEEK 2

1. ATHOLTON

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #1

Record: 2-0

Last week: defeated then-No. 14 Severna Park, 3-0

This week: vs. No. 9 Broadneck, Sept. 17; at Mount Hebron, Sept. 20

2. SOUTH RIVER (3-0)

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #2

Record: 3-0

Last week: defeated No. 9 Broadneck (3-0) and No. 8 Centennial (3-0)

This week: vs. Old Mill, Sept. 21

3. ARUNDEL (3-0)

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #3

Record: 3-0

Last week: defeated then-No. 14 Severna Park (3-0) and No. 10 Howard (3-0)

This week: vs. Mount Hebron, Sept. 17

4. WESTMINSTER

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #4

Record: 3-0

Last Week: defeated Manchester Valley (3-0) and Francis Scott Key (3-0)

This week: Off; next match – at No. 15 Winters Mill, Sept. 24

5. DULANEY

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #5

Record: 2-0

Last week: defeated Eastern Tech, 3-0

This week: vs. Lansdowne, Sept. 17; at No. 12 Hereford, Sept. 20

6. MOUNT DE SALES ACADEMY

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #6

Record: 2-0

Last week: defeated Notre Dame Prep (3-0) and Archbishop Spalding (3-0)

This week: at John Carroll School, Sept. 17; vs. Maryvale Prep, Sept. 22

7. GLENELG

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #7

Record: 2-0

Last week: defeated Old Mill, 3-0

This Week: at Southern, Sept. 17; at Marriotts Ridge, Sept. 20

8. CENTENNIAL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #8

Record: 1-1

Last Week: lost to No. 2 South River, 3-0

This Week: vs. No. 19 Severna Park, Sept. 17; vs. Long Reach, Sept. 20

9. BROADNECK

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #9

Record: 1-1

Last week: lost to No. 2 South River, 3-0; defeated Mount Hebron, 3-1

This week: at No. 1 Atholton, Sept. 17

10. HOWARD

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #10

Record: 1-1

Last week: lost to No. 3 Arundel, 3-0

This week: at Hammond, Sept. 20; at Oakdale Tournament, Sept. 22

11. RISING SUN

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #13

Record: 1-0

Last week: defeated North East (3-0) and Oxford (PA), 3-0

This week: vs. No. 18 Perryville, Sept. 18; at Bohemia Manor, Sept. 20

12. HEREFORD BULLS

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #12

Record: 1-1

Last week: defeated Randallstown, 3-0

This Week: vs. No. 5 Dulaney, Sept. 20

13. ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #15

Record: 3-0

Last week: defeated John Carroll School, 3-0

This week: vs. Faith Christian Academy, Sept. 20

14. BEL AIR

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #16

Record: 3-0

Last Week: defeated Bohemia Manor (3-0) and C. Milton Wright (3-0)

This Week: vs. North East, Sept. 18; at No. 18 Perryville, Sept. 20

15. WINTERS MILL

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #17

Record: 2-0

Last week: defeated then-No. 11 Liberty, 3-1

This week: Off; next game – vs. No. 4 Westminster, Sept. 24

16. LIBERTY

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #11

Record: 0-1

Last week: lost to then-No. 17 Winters Mill, 3-1

This Week: vs. South Carroll, Sept. 17

17. WILDE LAKE

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #18

Record: 2-1

Last week: defeated Annapolis, 3-2

This week: vs. North County, Sept. 17; at Reservoir, Sept. 20

18. PERRYVILLE

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #19

Record: 2-0

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

This Week: at No. 11 Rising Sun, Sept. 18; vs. No. 14 Bel Air, Sept. 20

19. SEVERNA PARK

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: #14

Record: 0-3

Last week: lost to No. 3 Arundel (3-0) and No. 1 Atholton (3-0)

This week: at No. 8 Centennial, Sept. 17; at Notre Dame Prep, Sept. 20

20. CENTURY

Last week’s VSN Top 20 rank: Not ranked

Record: 1-0

Last week: defeated Francis Scott Key, 3-0

This Week: at South Carroll, Sept. 20