Originally published at MiddleburgEccentric.com.
The 2016 volleyball season has now come and gone. The Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association and the Washington Post both recently released the year-end accolades and Middleburg Academy’s team received multiple honors. Beginning with the leader of the Lady Dragons, Coach Maureen DiClementi was named the VISAA Coach of the Year, as well as the Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year. Coach DiClementi led the Dragons to a 40-3 season record and ended the season ranked 8th in the state and 327th in the nation.
Lilly Reily ‘18 – VISAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR & 1st TEAM ALL-STATE
Leading the Lady Dragons in VISAA awards was Junior, Lilly Reilly ‘18, who was named the VISAA Player of the Year and a 1st Team All-State Selection. Lilly finished the season with stats that were all well above the national average. She played in 105 sets this season and led the team with 378 kills, and a 42.9 kill percentage. She also was responsible for 98 aces.
Chelsea Penfield ‘19 – 1st TEAM ALL-STATE & ALL- Met Honorable Mention
The Dragons also had a pair of sophomores who received accolades. Setter Lilian Vargo was named VISAA 1st Team All-State, as well as Second Team All-Met. Lilian led the team with 975 assists on the season and averaged 8.8 a match. Chelsea Penfield ‘19 was a force on the front line, totaling 105 blocks and coming in second on the team in kills with 363.
Alison Thomas ‘17 – 2nd Team ALL STATE & ALL-Met Honorable Mention