Defending Virginia AA volleyball champion Loudoun Valley, which graduated everyone but All-Met Player of the Year Blair Brown from its starting lineup, will play an independent regular season schedule before jumping to the AAA National District for the playoffs. The Vikings, off to a 6-0 start, have already beaten AAA schools Stone Bridge, Stonewall Jackson and Westfield, but will play only Yorktown from the National District (Oct. 17) before the playoffs. . . . Stone Bridge senior All-Met Samantha Ingersoll looks to lead the Bulldogs -- who are coming off consecutive playoff appearances in AA -- into the AAA Liberty District. Last season, Ingersoll totaled 332 kills, 269 digs, 28 solo blocks and 49 block assists. . . . Westfield, 9-10 a year ago after an 18-5 season in 2003, swept defending state semifinalist Mills Godwin en route to winning the 16-team American division at the Ukrop's Volleyball Showcase in Richmond earlier this month. . . . Fauquier, the defending AA Northwestern District champion, has moved to the AAA Cedar Run and is off to a 5-0 start on the strength of junior middle hitter Paige Brunsink and an aggressive offense that has already seen every member of its lineup jump serve. . . . Centreville, 16-5 last year, aims for a seventh straight state tournament berth after graduating seven seniors. . . . West Springfield and Lake Braddock, two contenders in the Patriot District, got an early look at each other in that Richmond showcase tournament. Lake Braddock won, 3-1. Bruins senior outside hitter Alice Formwalt was named to the all-tournament team. . . . Colonial Forge is the defending Commonwealth District champion. . . . Forest Park is the only Northern Virginia team to win a AAA state title in the past 10 years.. . . Northern Region teams this fall will face each other only once during district competition -- not twice as in past seasons. Meeting only once allows for a more regional schedule and also makes for an automatic tiebreaker should two teams tie in the district standings.
-- Angela Watts and Preston Williams