Middleburg was not only coming off its second loss to Flint Hill, but it also faces depth and endurance concerns that would be unimaginable to most of the top teams in the area. With only nine girls on the roster, the Dragons have to play an efficient and smart style to not only win but also stay healthy.
“We have to be strategic at all times, even in practices,” DiClementi said. “We can’t overuse them.”
The Dragons fared well against tough competition in the Tournament of Champions, going 2-2 with wins over Cave Spring and North Side.
“We left there with some bags of ice and some Band-Aids,” DiClementi said. “But I was really happy with how they competed.”
Here is our latest ranking of the top 10 high school volleyball teams in the D.C. area:
1. Flint Hill (24-0) LAST RANKING: 1
Senior outside hitter Siron Hardy had 12 blocks and 11 digs in the Huskies’ 3-0 win over Westfield.
2. Northwest (10-0) LR: 2
The Jaguars had no trouble against Churchill, beating their toughest opponent yet, 3-0.
3. Loudoun County (18-2) LR: 3
The Raiders bounced back from their loss to Heritage with straight-set wins over Dominion and Loudoun Valley.
4. Stone Bridge (18-1) LR: 5
Stone Bridge went to five sets against Tuscarora but pulled it out to push its win streak to 18.
5. Middleburg Academy (22-4) LR: 4
The Dragons fell to Roanoke-area powers Lord Botetourt and Hidden Valley over the weekend.
6. Holy Cross (23-2) LR: 8
The Tartans picked up wins over Bishop Ireton and Wilson, among others, in tournament play over the weekend.
The Patriots lost a tight five-set match against McLean despite 20-plus kills from both of their outside hitters, Anna Nachmanoff and Cat Vaccaro.
A five-set win over South River kept the Wildcats undefeated.
The Cavaliers scored a big 3-2 win over Northern to keep their perfect record alive.
10. Magruder (15-1) LR: NR
The Colonels have a big match against fellow Montgomery County power Damascus this week.
Dropped out: No. 7 Northern (10-1), No. 10 Glenelg (10-1)
On the bubble: Damascus (13-2), Heritage (14-2), Wilson (23-2), Atholton (9-1)
All records through Monday.