How will the new libero position affect matches?

The National Federation of State High School Associations has approved the use of a libero, a defensive specialist who is restricted to perform as a back-row player but may enter the game an unlimited number of times. The libero player, used by college and club teams, must be designated as such on the lineup sheet before each game; the player must wear a uniform top that is different from the other members of the team. "A defensive specialist like a libero helps keep the game flowing," said Fauquier Coach Diana Story, whose team will use the position.

Just how strong is the AAA Concorde District?

Six of the seven Concorde schools were ranked in the Northern Region Volleyball Coaches Association's preseason top 10. The league got even stronger with the addition of Robinson, which joins formidable teams Westfield, Centreville, defending region champion Chantilly, Herndon and Oakton in perhaps the area's strongest district.

Is Forest Park still the team to beat in Prince William?

The Bruins, the 2003 state champions, had their postseason end abruptly last year when coaches discovered they had used an academically ineligible player in a Northwestern Region quarterfinal victory. The five-time defending Cardinal District champions, 16-6 a year ago, have added senior outside hitter Erin Nuckols, an honorable mention All-Met who transferred from Evangel Christian. But senior outside hitter Sasha Bondje (knee) is out indefinitely.