Middleburg Academy repeated as State Champions in the Virginia Independent School State Championship (Division II), defeating Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, 3-1.
Middleburg Academy Lady Dragon’s Volleyball team played in more matches than any other high school in the State of Virginia, 43 matches with an overall record of 40-3. The Lady Dragons, finished the season ranked number 7 in the State and 310 Nationally. That places the team in the top 1 percenr in the country.
In the State Tournament, Middleburg Academy had a quick start against Trinity Christian in the semi-finals and pushed until the final point of victory. As a team, they mastered 49 digs and 6 blocks. Junior Lilly Reilly ‘18 led the team will 11 kills and Junior Emma DiClementi ‘18 finished with 10 kills with set scores of 25-14, 25-13, 25-18.
Middleburg Academy entered the finals as the defending VISAA D2 State Champions and in the first two sets moved the ball quickly and hit hard. The third set the tempo changed and it was clear some nerves were creeping in and the Lady Dragons lost the third set. The fourth set was a point by point match and once again, this talented group came together and worked each point as a team. Freshman Ashleigh Moffett ‘20 stepped up with very aggressive serving, including 3 aces. Sophomore Chelsea Penfield ‘19 demanded attention with 19 booming kills. Junior Lilly Reilly ‘18 continued to swing for a match total of 13 kills and Junior Lilian Vargo ‘19 dished off a total of 35 assists. Defensively the team dug 96 balls with Senior Libero, Alison Thomas ‘17 anchoring the center for the Dragons to pull away with a consecutive state title 25-12, 25-19, 27-25, 25-23.