The Appoquinimink girls' volleyball team has a tough road ahead as the 2012 season winds down. The Lady Jaguars have a decent record with 8 wins and 6 defeats, despite a tough loss on Monday evening to a strong Delaware Military Academy in straight sets.
DMA is now 11-2 on this season and winners of eight in a row. The Seahawks used their size and quickness to good advantage, defeating Appoquinimink 25-20, 25-22 and 25-17. The Jags were very competitive in all three sets, but finally wore down as the final set drew to its inevitable conclusion. To their credit, the team worked hard up until the end, and hustled down to the last point.
Appoquinimink has had an up and down season, one might even say an interesting season, as they won several in a row to start the season, lost a few, then got back on the winning track. The Jags have now lost two in a row including a recent 0-3 loss to Concord.
The Jags' attack in recent weeks has centered around some fine players including Sarah Figgs, Amanda and Krista Szymanski, Taylor Bond, Adrienne Johnson and Savanah DiPasquantonio. They attack well, but tend to miss on long shots. Defensively, they are successfully at digging and setting, but need to be a little stronger on spikes and kills. With a little more consistency and overall experience, the Jags can develop into a strong team.
Thursday's opponent, Tower Hill, is 8-3 in the 2012 campaign. The Hillers formidable attack is led by Haley Yatzus, Meghan Cobb, Isabel Sobieski, Elizabeth Wuerstle, and Alisa Togo. They are also strong defensively, and move the ball around well. This program is typically pretty consistent in all of the girls' sports, and the volleyball team is no exception.
Most recently, the Hillers defeated Wilmington Christian 3-1 and Tatnall 3-0. Earlier in the season they defeated Charter School of Wilmington. Their only defeats came against two very strong programs, losing twice to Wilmington Friends and once to Padua Academy.
Appoquinimink will need to jump out to an early lead and show more consistency as their formula for success against the Hillers on Thursday night.