The Smyrna High volleyball program’s first generation of players has graduated, and now it’s up to a new group to carry on the team’s winning tradition. “We do have a young team, but our expectations don’t change,” said head coach Danny Wandless. “We want to continue the success we’ve had the past couple years.”

 


The Smyrna High volleyball program’s first generation of players has graduated, and now it’s up to a new group to carry on the team’s winning tradition.

“We do have a young team, but our expectations don’t change,” said head coach Danny Wandless. “We want to continue the success we’ve had the past couple years.”

The Eagles are young this year, with only a few seniors on the varsity roster, but some of the girls bring multiple years of experience to the squad.

This year’s team also looks to have plenty of versatility. Wandless said many of the girls are able to play multiple positions on the court.

Wandless also said the girls seem excited about the upcoming season.

“The girls are ready to get back at it,” he said.

This year’s volleyball schedule features a tough non-conference slate, with Padua, St. Thomas More, Delaware Military Academy, Mt. Pleasant and Red Lion all on the calendar.

The Henlopen Conference schedule is highlighted by a late-season home match against Caesar Rodney.

“Until someone knocks of CR, they’re the conference champions,” Wandless said.

Candice Brady, one of the Eagles’ seniors, said the team has been focusing on passing and communication in practice.

When asked about the team’s goals this fall, it didn’t take long for Brady to voice a top aspiration: “Beat CR.”

Nicole Thompson, a junior at Smyrna High, said the team is excited to begin the new season.

“We all have a very positive attitude,” she said. “We’re looking forward to the season.”

Coaching staff: head coach Danny Wandless, J.V. coach Marc Deisem, assistants Robin Bautista and Jeff Woomer.

Varsity roster: Candice Brady, Jen Mohn, Charlene Rodriguez, Olivia Everett, Danielle Oscar, Nicole Thompson, Olivia Hughes, Monica Ros, Paige Morris, Ryann Doelze, Macy Alexander and Gabby Russillo.


2009 Smyrna High volleyball schedule*

Sept. 15    at Cape Henlopen        5 p.m.
Sept. 17     at Delmar                       5 p.m.
Sept. 18    Del. Military Academy   5:30 p.m.
Sept. 22    at Dover                           5 p.m.
Sept. 24    Indian River                    5 p.m.
Sept. 25    at St. Thomas More       5:30 p.m.
Sept. 29    at Red Lion                     7:15 p.m.
Oct. 1        at Sussex Tech               4 p.m.
Oct. 2        at Mt. Pleasant                5 p.m.
Oct. 6        at Polytech                      5 p.m.
Oct. 9       Padua Academy             6 p.m.
Oct. 13    at Sussex Central            5 p.m.
Oct. 15    Caesar Rodney               5 p.m.
Oct. 20    Lake Forest                      5 p.m.
Oct. 28    Delmarva Christian        5:30 p.m.

*home matches in bold