In first round action Nov. 1, the Jags take on Indian River at St. Mark's High School at 6 p.m., while the Hawks challenge Caesar Rodney at CR at 7 p.m.
Delaware high school volleyball state tournament at a glance
Tournament teams from M.O.T. area in first round:
Appoquinimink, 10-5, No. 18 seed vs. No. 15 Indian River, 12-3, today, Nov. 1, at St. Mark’s High School, 6 p.m.
St. Georges Tech, 10-5, No. 24 seed vs. No. 9 Caesar Rodney, 12-3, today, Nov. 1, at Caesar Rodney, 7 p.m.
Round two: Saturday, Nov. 3.
Quarterfinals: Thursday, Nov. 8.
Finals: Monday, Nov. 12.
The top eight seeds in the tournament, in order, are Padua Academy (13-2), Archmere Academy (14-1), defending state champion Ursuline Academy (13-3), Charter School of Wilmington (13-2), Delmarva Christian (14-3), Delaware Military Academy (9-6), Smyrna (9-6) and Conrad (12-3), and received first-round byes.
St. Georges Tech tourney preview
St. Georges Tech enters the state tournament as one of the hottest teams in the state, capping off a strong season with a 10-5 mark, and the Flight A title. However, the Lady Hawks were seeded 24th, the final spot in the state tournament, drawing No. 9 Caesar Rodney in the opening round today, Nov. 1, at CR at 7 p.m.
The Lady Hawks struggled at the start of the year, winning just one of their first six games, but bounced back closing out the year with nine straight victories.
“Throughout the season we’ve used every game as a situation to learn from; each loss we had in the beginning was only another way for us to get better,” said St. Georges Tech Head Coach Anna Mitchell. “We took time making corrections and figuring out how to best showcase our talents and skills.
“The team that recently won the past nine times is the team we are now. That is the team that is going to show up during the tournament and give our best effort.”
Their opponent, Caesar Rodney, finished the season 12-3 overall in the Henlopen Conference. Playing a first round opponent the caliber of CR will be a challenge for the Lady Hawks, but Mitchell believes they’re ready.
“They’re listed as the higher seed and projected to win. As a team, we have to show everyone why we earned our spot in this tournament,” Mitchell said. “For now, we’re using our normal game plan which is to go out with high energy and work hard.”
After fighting their way into the tournament, St. Georges Tech is prepared to battle.
“I have eight seniors on my team. Not a single one of those girls want Thursday’s game to be our last,” Mitchell said. “As long as my girls keep that in mind and prepare to move the ball around, I have hopes that we will succeed.”
If the Lady Hawks come away with a victory Thursday against Caesar Rodney, they’ll move onto the quarterfinals Saturday against No. 8 Conrad at Salesianum at 6 p.m.
Appoquinimink tournament preview
The Appoquinimink Lady Jaguars come into Thursday’s opening round with a 10-5 record. The Jags started hot, winning six of their first seven, but then splitting their final eight games of the year.
After some stiff challenges, the Lady Jags believe they’re ready for the tourney.
“I believe that playing those teams made them realize that they can play against anyone in the state, win or lose,” said Appoquinimink Head Coach Nikki Parkinson. “A lot of times just the presence of a tough team brings the opposing team down and the Appo ladies realized after the DMA game that they can compete against anyone.”
A strong start and strength of schedule helped the Lady Jags earn the No. 18 overall seed in the state tournament and a first round date against No. 15 Indian River today, Nov. 1, at St. Mark’s High School at 6 p.m.
IR finished the year 12-3 overall, winning the Henlopen South Division. Down the stretch, the Lady Indians played well, winning their final six regular season games before falling to Smyrna in the Henlopen Conference title game.
“I know [Indian River] lost to CR in five and lost to DMA in five. This tells me that they want to win and will do what it takes to win,” Parkinson said. “It will be fun playing a new opponent that we haven’t seen this season, that way there are no expectations. We’re coming to play.”
The winner moves onto the quarterfinals Saturday taking on No. 2 Archmere Academy at 7 p.m.