Junior setter Paige Hitchcock was instrumental in Appoquinimink High's first-ever varsity volleyball victory.

Junior setter Paige Hitchcock had a kill, 11 aces, 13 blocks and 16 assists as the new Appoquinimink High varsity volleyball team earned its first-ever win with a 8-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-21 decision over William Penn. On. Sept. 17, the Jaguars followed with a 25-23, 25-16, 25-19 victory over Mount Pleasant to even their record at 2-2.

“My goal this season is to finish over .500,” coach Christy Boyd said via e-mail. “… I believe [we have] what it takes to make that dream a reality through lots of hard work and dedication.”

AHS opened with two losses, but was taking a long-term approach to the initial fall season. Boyd said the team improved immensely in each of the three matches.

“The future is looking bright for our team and I look forward to watching as we continue to mesh and improve our team cohesiveness,” Boyd said.

The varsity includes six junior players who have been with the program since it debuted as a freshman squad in 2007 – middle hitter Becca Aber, defensive specialist Laura Barrera, middle hitter May Devitt, setter Hitchcock, defensive specialist Haley Pruitt and middle hitter Tierra Scott.

Stepping into varsity positions were freshmen setter-outside hitter Savannah DiPasquantonio, outside hitter Nicci Lawruk, defensive specialist Adrienne Johnson and hitter Mandy Szymanski.

“The four ninth-graders came to us with significant playing experience,” Boyd said.

 In the William Penn victory, Aber added two kills and 14 blocks, while Lawruk had 12 kills and nine blocks. Other stat leaders were Devitt (five aces, six blocks, one assist), Scott (four kills, one dig, one block) and Szymanski (three kills, six aces, six blocks).

                  Stats for the Mount Pleasant win included: Devitt (two kills, three aces, five digs), Hitchcock (one kill, three aces, six digs, 22 assists), Scott (five kills, two blocks, one dig), Lawruk (12 kills, three aces, four digs) and Szymanski (two kills, three aces, two digs).

Morton, Jaguars nip Caravel

Tommy Morton scored two first-half goals on assists by Luis Negrete and Bret Sweetman in a 2-1 boys’ soccer win over Caravel. Brock Niggebrugge scored for Caravel.