Arrington, the 2011 All-Met Coach of the Year, said that while volleyball teams are allowed to begin practicing in mid-August with other fall sports teams, many schools struggle to find coaches and fill their rosters. The extra month before the season opens gives teams a chance to get organized.
“I’ve been involved in volleyball for so many years that I know what the expectations are,” Arrington said. “But sometimes the other high school coaches probably don’t start looking for players or having tryouts until the first week of school. I think downtown, our athletic office is allowing time for teams to form.”
(Doug Kapustin/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST) - Flint Hill Coach Carrol Anderson, shown here in 2010, has a deep, experienced team this fall.
Evans, who took over as DCIAA athletic director last November, agreed that there was work to be done building up volleyball programs in the district but denied that the late start to the season is a built-in time for teams to get settled. She added that since arriving in her job nearly a year ago, changes to the volleyball schedule have not been among the many questions and concerns that coaches have raised with her.
“Do I think that, from what I’ve observed, there’s some necessary work to bridge the gap between middle schools and the high schools? Absolutely,” Evans said. “We do have some high schools that, based on what I see, struggle for numbers, but it’s hard to imagine struggling for numbers when you have 16 middle school teams. So I think that there is some work that needs to be done in bridging that gap and we’re certainly working to figure out the best way to do that not only in volleyball but in many of our sports.”
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Stone Bridge rallied from a two-set deficit Monday to edge Loudoun County in a thrilling five-setter.... Flint Hill went 7-0 over a six-day span that included a 2-1 win over Holy Cross in the final of the Huskies’ annual invitational.... Magruder arrives in the rankings after beating both Northwood and Wootton 3-1 last week.
(Records through Tuesday.)
1. Sherwood (7-0) LW: 1
2. Stone Bridge (14-0) LW: 2
3. Loudoun County (11-1) LW: 3
4. Flint Hill (17-1) LW: 7
5. Centennial (6-0) LW: 5
6. Holy Cross (14-1) LW: 4
7. Damascus (8-0) LW: 6
8. Arundel (7-0) LW: 9
9. W.T. Woodson (11-3) LW: 10
10. Magruder (13-0) LW: NR