A.I. DuPont easily handled Appoquinimink in straight sets 3-0 Tuesday evening in high school volleyball action. The Lady Tigers used strong net play, blazing serves, and fast starts in all three games to hand the Lady Jaguars their fifth defeat of the season. A.I. won the sets by scores of 25-13, 25-14, and 25-15.
Tigers coach James Phillips said aggressive play is his team's brand of volleyball. "We've played really intense, high energy games so far this season.Fast and aggressive is the style we want to play, it best suits our team", he said. Phillips added he hopes the team will sustain that type of energy throughout the season.
Not only does A.I. DuPont play aggressively all around the court, but the team displays an amazing strong game at the net. "We take what we can get.At the net we've got some good height and power this year and that's helped a lot.We really stress our fast and powerful style during practice, it defines us," said Phillips.
In the first game, the Tigers led 13-5, then pulled away thanks to a number of accurate sets and well-placed spikes. The Jags had a small run, but it was too little, too late, as the Tigers closed out the first set 25-13.
It was basically the same story line for the next two games, as A.I. built an early lead, Appo would make a run, but the Tigers would have a strong finish to win each set, and eventually the match.
A.I. DuPont senior Courtney Macdonald and junior Alexandra Lugar dominated at the net for the Tigers.Their play set the tone for a powerful win. Appoquinimink closed the gap with each set, but in the end was no match against A.I.'s power and aggressive pace.
Despite the setback, Jaguar coach Kelley said she was proud of her team's effort."We've had to move the lineup around due to some injuries, but overall we played well. We're working together and that's important." she said, "That is a very good team over there (A.I.), and they hit the ball harder thanjust about anyone we faced so far this year."
The Tigers are now 8-1 at this juncture of the season, while Appoquinimink's record dropped to 5-5.