Henlopen Conference supremacy was on the line when the volleyball teams from Smyrna High and Caesar Rodney met on Oct. 14 at the CR gymnasium. The Smyrna girls made a strong opening statement by topping the defending conference champions 25-16 in the first game of the match. But the Riders wouldn’t be dethroned.

 


Henlopen Conference supremacy was on the line when the volleyball teams from Smyrna High and Caesar Rodney met on Oct. 14 at the CR gymnasium.

The Smyrna girls made a strong opening statement by topping the defending conference champions 25-16 in the first game of the match.

But the Riders wouldn’t be dethroned.

Momentum swung back to Caesar Rodney in the second game, as the Riders won 25-17 and tied the match at one game apiece.

The match’s turning point came in a tightly-contested third game. Smyrna took a 24-21 lead and needed one more point to close out the game, but the Riders won five straight points to eke out a 26-24 win and take a 2-1 lead.

The Eagles refused to fade away after that setback, though, and continued to battle in the fourth game. In the end, CR won another close one, 25-21, to win the match three games to one.

After the match, Smyrna head coach Danny Wandless said he was proud of his team’s effort.

“They never gave up,” he said. “They worked hard on the court.”

Olivia Everett had 10 kills in the match, while Olivia Hughes tallied 8 kills. Macy Alexander finished with 27 assists, and Ryann Doelze had 13 digs for the Eagles.

The Eagles fell to 9-4 overall after their first conference loss, while the Riders improved to 13-2 and locked up the conference title.

Smyrna tops Sussex Central

Two days earlier, on Oct. 12, Smyrna notched a conference victory over Sussex Central in the Smyrna High gymnasium.

The Eagles won the match three games to none: 25-17, 25-18, 25-20.

Macy Alexander tallied 16 assists in the Smyrna victory. Olivia Hughes had 8 kills and 2 aces, while Olivia Everett finished with 6 kills and 3 digs.

Remaining games

The Smyrna High volleyball team was scheduled to host Lake Forest on Tuesday, Oct. 19 in the Eagles’ final home game of the season.

Smyrna will close out their regular season schedule on the road on Oct. 27 at Delmarva Christian.

The 9-4 Eagles are contending for a spot in the state tournament.