Middleburg, VA (Nov. 3, 2015) – Foxcroft School’s athletic teams will compete for Delaney Athletic Conference championships in field hockey, tennis, volleyball and cross country this week and hopes for two or three titles are high.
All but volleyball will likely be involved in the Stat Championships too, which start Nov. 9 but first comes the DAC championships, which begin Tuesday with field hockey hosting Highland School and volleyball traveling to Seton School in Manassas.
Tennis, which is ranked second in the state among VISAA Division II schools, has a bye into the semifinals on Thursday, which is also the date of the DAC Cross Country Championship.
With only three DAC schools playing field hockey, Foxcroft, which finished second in the DAC during the regular season, will host a semifinal match against neighborhood rivals Highland School on Tuesday at 3 pm EST. Foxcroft (11-1-1) defeated Highland twice this year by scores of 4-0 and 2-1.
Foxcroft, ranked second in the state among VISAA Division II schools, is led by a trio of students from Leesburg: senior Laney Malone with 16 goals, freshman Haley Buffenbarger with 12 goals, and junior Allison Buffenbarger with a single-season school record of 14 assists.
The winner of Tuesday’s game will meet No. 1 seed Fredericksburg Academy in Fredericksburg on Thursday. FA has won the last three state titles and is currently ranked #1. Foxcroft tied FA in Middleburg and lost in Fredericksburg during the regular season but is convinced they can beat their arch-nemesis if they play well.
The volleyball team journeys to Manassas on Tuesday to meet Seton School in a quarterfinal match, which begins at 5:30pm Foxcroft split a pair of matches with Seton this year, with Seton winning in Manassas, 3-0, on Sept. 1 and Foxcroft winning in Engelhard Gymnasium , 3-2, on Oct. 20. The winner of Tuesday’s match will face top-seeded Fredericksburg Christian School in Fredericksburg on Thursday.
Foxcroft is led by senior Kat Forrest of Sperryville, VA, and Lilly S. of West Palm Beach FL, and junior Reilly Canard of of Philomont, VA. Forrest set a school single-season record for digs this season and needs only two kills against Seton to set the single-season record in that category. Savin leads the team in service percentage (92.4) and is second in digs and kills while Reilly, the team’s setter, leads in service aces.
Foxcroft’s tennis team (12-0, 9-0 in DAC) won the DAC regular season title and gets a bye directly into Thursday’s semifinals, which will be held at Foxcroft. Foxcroft is led by three seniors: 2014 All-State players Annie Mickum of The Plains and Marina Shallcross (New York), and 2014 all-DAC choice Linda Yang (China). Junior Isabel Stettinius (Washington, DC) and freshman Holland Driskill of Middleburg have been solid contributors as well.
The team will play the winner of Tuesday’s match between Fredericksburg Academy and Wakefield School. The championship final is Friday. Last year, Foxcroft lost to Seton – the no. 1 seed this year — in the regular season and the DAC Tournament Championship Finals and is determined to reverse that this year.
The cross country team will take on the other 11 DAC schools in Thursday’s cross country championships, which will start at 4 p.m. on the 5K course at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal.
Foxcroft has qualified its entire team for the race and hopes to challenge for the title. In three previous DAC meets this year Foxcroft posted one second-place finish and two third-place finishes. Senior Alex Grace of Purcellville, VA, who has won five races this season, leads the squad but seniors Caroline Motley (McLean), Lexie Williams (Lovettsville, VA) and Patia Fann (Purcellville, VA) . and junior Brittany Hector (Miami) are all capable of finishing among the top 10.
Founded in 1914, Foxcroft is a college-preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12., located in Middleburg, VA. It offers 75+ courses, including 14 APs and an innovative STEM program and fields athletic teams in nine sports, including a nationally-known riding program and a state champion lacrosse team. The student body is comprised of 167 girls from 18 states, 14 countries, and the District of Columbia. About one-third of the students receive financial assistance; 25 percent are international students, and 17 percent students of color. For more information, call 540.687.4340.