For a volleyball coach, having the chance to really get a sense of how good your team is in late September is a golden opportunity. Finding a playoff-level atmosphere and opponent can be hard in the early going, but Flint Hill set themselves up for just that this weekend. After storming through the opening rounds of their own invitational tournament, the Huskies came face to face with Middleburg Academy in the finals. It was a rematch of last year’s tournament championship and a true test for coach Carrol DeNure’s team.

The Huskies rose to the challenge, downing the Dragons in three sets (24-26, 26-24, 15-6).

Flint Hill hasn’t dropped too many sets this year, so DeNure had to trust that her squad wouldn’t be too shaken by Middleburg’s first set win. The Dragons looked to be in the driver’s seat at the start of the second set as well, going up 4-1. But the Huskies found their footing and held on to win the set and then the match.

“We started out playing tight because the girls were so hyped up and excited for this match,” Denure said. “But we never folded. There was some really great volleyball played.”

The only bad thing about September tests is that they have plenty of time to pop back up. Flint Hill will have to face Middleburg again on Oct. 5.

Both the Huskies and the Dragons show up in this week’s top 10:

1. Loudoun County (10-0) Last ranked: 1

The Raiders keep rolling, taking out James Wood in three sets on Monday night.

2. Northwest (5-0) LR: 2

A 3-0 win over Damascus last week showed that the Jaguars are unquestionably the team to beat in Montgomery County right now.

3. Flint Hill (16-0) LR: 4

The Huskies followed up their big weekend by taking down a solid St. John’s team on Monday night.

4. Middleburg Academy (15-1) LR: 3

Outside of falling to the Huskies, Coach Maureen DiClementi’s team had an impressive weekend at the Flint Hill Invitational.

5. Holy Cross (13-1) LR: 5

Tartans star Jade Parchment made sure her squad didn’t lose their rivalry game against Good Counsel last week, racking up 18 kills on the night.

6. Stone Bridge (12-1) LR: 6

Junior defensive specialist Mary Kate DeVido had 13 digs and four aces in the Bulldogs’ latest win over Champe.

7. Langley (10-1) LR: 7

After dropping a set against Washington-Lee, the Saxons will need to be on top of their game as they travel to Yorktown this week.

8. Yorktown (11-1) LR: 8

A win over Langley would announce the Patriots as the biggest threat to Loudoun County’s dominance in Virginia.

9. Northern (6-0) LR: NR

This experienced Calvert County squad has scored impressive wins over La Plata and Huntingtown so far this year.

10. Arundel (7-0) LR: NR

The Wildcats scored a big win over Atholton Monday to stay undefeated.

Dropped out: No. 9 Damascus (9-2), No. 10 Atholton (9-2)

On the bubble:  Glenelg (5-0), Magruder (10-1), Damascus (9-2)

All records through Monday.