The Middleburg Academy Girls Varsity Volleyball team was crowned champions of the 11th annual Flint Hill School Invitational held September 25-26. The Lady Dragons went 2-1 in Pool Play; defeating Bishop O’Connell 25-23, 21-25, 15-9 and Fredericksburg Christian 25-20, 25-18, while losing to Nansemond Suffolk Academy 25-22,18-25, 12-15.

Since the Dragons were second in Pool B, they advanced to the semifinals where they faced the tournament host, the Huskies of Flint Hill School. The Dragons were off to a slow start and lost the first set 11-25, but rebounded and claimed the final two games, 25-13, 15-12. This led them to the Championship game where they faced the only opponent they have lost to this entire season, Nansemond Suffolk.

The Lady Dragons were ready for the challenge and defeated the Saints in straight sets, 25-23, 25-19. Three Lady Dragons received individual honors: Sophomore Lilly Reilly and Junior Alison Thomas were named to the All Tournament Team, and Junior Meagan McDonald was named Tournament MVP.

Other members of this year’s team which is currently 16-1 with two Invitational titles include: Freshman Chelsea Penfield, Sophomores Emma DiClementi, Lilian Vargo, and Lauren Greminger, Junior Elle Benefield, and Seniors Delaney Blackburn and Darby Dettra. The Dragons are coached by Maureen DiClementi.

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