The Northern Division champion Eagles defeated Southern Division champ Indian River 3-0 tonight at Woodbridge High School.

The Smyrna High School volleyball team won its fourth straight Henlopen Conference title with a 3-0 victory over Indian River tonight at Woodbridge High School.

The Eagles won the three sets by scores of 25-21, 25-18 and 25-14.

"It was a hard-fought match," said Smyrna head coach Danny Wandless. "The first set was back and forth until the end and then we were able to pull away. I think there were about 13 ties."

Wandless didn't have the official statistics totaled yet, but the preliminary numbers for tonight's match include Sophia Basler with 11 kills, Kenley Cook and Jennifer Sloven with nine kills each, and Marqueisha Bennett with six kills and three blocks.

"Our offense was really firing tonight," said Wandless, who is in his 14th year leading the Eagles.

Hannah Osborne, in the coach's preliminary figures, made close to 30 assists.

"She's our setter and she had a phenomenal game as well," Wandless said.

After leading the team to its fourth straight conference title, Wandless said, "I'm so happy for the girls, after all work they put in. It shows we’re doing something right to be the top team in our conference. It has always been my goal to try to compete for the conference championship each year, make the tournament and compete against the upstate schools."

The Eagles won the Northern Division with a 6-0 record, scoring victories over Cape Henlopen, Polytech, Dover, Sussex Central, Caesar Rodney and Sussex Tech -- all by 3-0 shutouts.

Smyrna also defeated Indian River in the regular season, 3-0, at home Oct. 9.

The Eagles' overall record is 10-6. The six losses have all come against upstate schools: Archmere, St. Mark's, Tower Hill, Wilmington Friends, Delaware Military Academy and Charter School of Wilmington.

Along with the two wins over Indian River, Smyrna's other victories outside the Northern Division have been against Delmar and Lake Forest.


Wandless said the state tournament seedings are expected to be announced Sunday or Monday.

"We’re hoping, number one, to get in, and two, to get past the first round, and then something our program has never done is get past second round, so that's always been a goal," he said. "The tournament is dominated by the upstate schools, but we’re catching up, we’re catching up."