Middleburg, VA (Oct. 29. 2015) – Foxcroft School’s tennis and field hockey teams are still ranked second in the state, and cross country has qualified its entire team for the Delaney Athletic Conference Championship as the Middleburg girls school complete regular-season play this week.
When the DAC tournaments begin on Tuesday (Nov. 3), field hockey will host, and volleyball will travel – and tennis and cross country just practice. Tennis, undefeated at 11-0, has a first-round bye into Thursday’s semifinals, and the DAC cross country championship, at Randolph Macon Academy, isn’t until Thursday, Nov. 5. The conference champions will all be crowned by Friday, Nov. 6.
Watch for official matchups and starting times this weekend. In the meantime, here’s a roundup of recent activity.
Foxcroft’s field hockey team, ranked No. 2 in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division 2, missed a chance to regain the No. 1 spot on Tuesday, October 27, when it fell to No. 1 Fredericksburg Academy, 3-0, in a Delaney Athletic Conference game in Fredericksburg.
Foxcroft was No. 1 two weeks ago but lost the spot when FA upset St. Catherine’s School, the No. 1 ranked team in VISAA Division 1, by a 1-0 score.
On Tuesday, Foxcroft couldn’t penetrate FA’s stalwart defense, which showed some cracks the last time the schools met. In that game, Foxcroft trailed 2-0 at halftime but scored twice in the second half to forge a tie. The two teams will most likely meet again in the Delaney Athletic Conference Tournament, which begins next Tuesday (Nov. 3) and perhaps in the state tournament as well.
“FA stepped up and played well yesterday at home for their senior game,” Foxcroft Coach Michelle Woodruff said. “We need to play a much better game than we did yesterday if we want to beat the Falcons. They will not make it easy on us.”
Foxcroft’s tennis team, also ranked No. 2 in VISAA Division 2, remained unbeaten (8-0) against DAC competition by defeating Highland and Seton by 4-3 scores. The match against Highland on Tuesday, October 20, took two days to complete as darkness halted play with the score tied 3-3. Foxcroft’s No. 1 doubles team of senior Annie Mickum (The Plains) and senior Marina Shallcross (New York) was leading 5-3 when the match was halted and they returned to Warrenton the next afternoon to quickly wrap up the victory with an 8-3 triumph.
The team met Seton, the reigning conference champion, in Manassas on Thursday, Oct. 22, and once again Mickum and Shallcross came through. Both won their singles matches and they combined to also win the No. 1 doubles match. Foxcroft won the match when the No. 2 doubles team of senior Linda Yang (Beijing, China) and junior Isabel Stettinius (Washington, DC) won its match.
Foxcroft is 11-0 this season against high school teams. Its only loss was against the Charlottesville Tennis Club by a 4-3 score on Saturday, October 10.
Foxcroft had a four-game winning streak snapped at the hands of powerful Fredericksburg Christian School, which is ranked No. 3 in VISAA Division 2. Foxcroft improved each set against the Eagles but lost 25-9, 25-12, 25-18 to drop to 7-8 on the season. Foxcroft has one regular season game remaining, at Highland on Thursday, October 29, before beginning play in the DAC championships next week.
Senior Kathleen Forrest of Sperryville continued her strong play with 10 kills and 15 digs for Foxcroft. She has already set the school record for most digs in a season and is closing in on the record for most kills in a season that she set last year.
Foxcroft qualified its entire team for the November 5 DAC championship by finishing a strong third in the DAC III race hosted by Trinity Christian School at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax on Thursday, October 22.
Senior Alex Grace of Purcellville led the Foxcroft team with a third-place finish and senior Caroline Motley of McLean finished in eighth place.