Upstart Annapolis Area Christian climbs into Top 10; Arundel affirms No. 1 ranking


Three Anne Arundel County teams made the biggest news on the local volleyball scene this past week and it is reflected in the Week 3 VSN Volleyball Top 20.

With a win over then No. 2 Broadneck, Arundel affirmed its spot at No. 1, while Annapolis Area Christian School, an upstart from the IAAM B Conference stayed undefeated and climb three spots and into the Top 10 at No. 8.

The other team to make a move was the area’s newest program, Crofton. Crofton, off to a 4-0 start, debuted in the Top 20 at No. 18.

Maryvale Prep improved to 5-0 and took one step forward to No. 2, while Broadneck went back to No. 3. The rest of the Top 5 includes No. 4 Severna Park and No. 5 Howard.

Here is the complete VSN Week 3 Volleyball Top 20:


1. ARUNDEL

Record: 3-0

Previous rank: 1

Note: The Wildcats edged then No. 2 Broadneck in five-set thriller.


2. MARYVALE PREP

Record: 5-0

Previous rank: 3

Note: The Lions have yet to drop a set in 2021.


3. BROADNECK

Record: 2-1

Previous rank: 2

Note: The Bruins must regroup for a date with No. 4 Severna Park Tuesday.


4. SEVERNA PARK

Record: 2-0

Previous rank: 4

Note: The Falcons end eight days’ layoff off, hosting No. 3 Broadneck Tuesday.


5. HOWARD

Record: 5-0

Previous rank: 5

Note: The Lions impressive in winning Oakdale Tournament crown.


6. RIVER HILL

Record: 4-0

Previous rank: 8

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


7. WESTMINSTER

Record: 5-3

Previous rank: 6

Note: After a week off, the Owls return to Carroll County play against Manchester Valley Tuesday.


8. ANNAPOLIS AREA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Record: 5-0

Previous rank: 11

Note: Undefeated Eagles keep humming along.


9. GLENELG

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 10

Note: The Gladiators suffered first loss, falling to then-No. 8 River Hill.


10. RESERVOIR

Record: 3-1

Previous rank: 7

Note: The Gators won 5 of 8 sets at Oakdale Tournament, but did not advance out of pool play.


11. CENTURY

Record: 3-0

Previous rank: 9

Note: The Knights split eight sets at the Oakdale Tournament.


12. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING

Record: 4-2

Previous rank: 15

Note: The Cavaliers climb after 2-0 week.


13. MOUNT DE SALES ACADEMY

Record: 5-5

Previous rank: 12

Note: Sailors fell to then-No. 15 Spalding in four sets.


14. BEL AIR

Record: 4-4

Previous Rank: 14

Note: The Bobcats even their record with sweeps of Rising Sun and John Carroll.


15. CENTENNIAL

Record: 4-1

Previous rank: 16

Note: With No. 10 Reservoir and No. ?9 Glenelg this week, the Eagles can make waves in Howard County.


16. MCDONOGH SCHOOL

Record: 3-1

Previous rank: 18

Note: Eagles won IAAM A Conference opener over St. Paul’s School.


17. HEREFORD

Record: 3-1

Previous rank: 19

Note: Bulls bounced back from first loss with couple of Baltimore County wins.


18. CROFTON

Record: 4-0

Previous rank: Not ranked

Note: First-year program have four sweeps.


19. MOUNT HEBRON

Record: 2-3

Previous rank: 17

Note: Vikings have taken some hits from Howard County foes.


20. DULANEY

Record: 1-1

Previous rank: 20

Note: Big Baltimore County match with Hereford looms Friday.