Middleburg Academy Volleyball (L to R): Lilly Reilly, Elle Benefield, Alison Thomas, Chelsea Penfield, Emma DiClementi, Lauren Greminger, Meagan McDonald, Delaney Blackburn, Darby Dettra, Elle Benefield / photo courtesy Middleburg Academy
Middleburg Academy’s Girls’ Volleyball team won the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division 2 state championship at Saturday’s finals. The 3-0 victory over Peninsula Catholic (#2) capped a season for the Dragons who finished with an impressive 30-2 record.
This was a complete team effort and freshman Lillian Vargo led with 44 assists in the final match with dynamic hitters delivering a total of 51 kills. The dragons were defensive mavens digging 81 balls, with 3 key blocks. The team served at 91%.
The Middleburg Academy Girls Varsity Volleyball team is comprised of Delaney Blackburn ’16, Darby Dettra ’16, Elle Benefield ’17, Meagan McDonald ’17, Alison Thomas ’17, Emma DiClementi ’18, Lauren Greminger ’18, Lilly Reilly ’18, Chelsea Penfield ’19, Lilian Vargo ’19.
Key wins in their season were home and away victories over Flint Hill (who won the Division 1 State Championship) where Middleburg Academy won the Flint Hill Tournament Championship. “We have a lot of respect for Flint Hill and the tradition they have built, but those wins did give us the confidence to make a run at the State Championship” said sophomore Lilly Reilly ‘18. It was in that same tournament that Middleburg also defeated the team they lost to in last year’s championship game.
Middleburg Academy began their march to the title with a win over St. Margaret’s. The Final Four was hosted at Richard Bland College in Petersburg, VA on Friday and Saturday. Middleburg Academy will be returning all its starters next year, and coach Maureen DiClementi is looking forward to another spectacular season.
Middleburg Academy inspires students to excellence in academics, the arts, and athletics. We are a dynamic community of students, faculty and staff, parents, and alumni dedicated to lifelong learning, service to others, spiritual growth, and the success of each student. Our school strives to develop young men and women of moral integrity who will be responsible leaders and citizens in a diverse and ever-changing world.
Middleburg Academy is fully accredited by both the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).