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Beacon volleyball defeats Mariner 2-1 in battle of the middle schools

By Dan Cook | Oct 28, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook The Beacon and Mariner volleyball teams are making the future of Cape volleyball look bright. Shown are the coaches and players of both teams including coaches Jen Celano, Sam Purple, Nicole Scott and Cheryl Cannon and players Hailey Wilson, Sky Allen, Olivia Morton, Anna Lutz, Victoria Burger, Alex Chiartas, Alyssa Needham, Ava Lynam, Abby Thomas, Sydney Pedersen, Abby Bucklin, Heather Blees, Natalie Oldham, Annabelle Burrows, Autumn Garvey, Maci Silicato, Catherine Morales, Henely Kennedy, McKenzie Parker, Elaina Louvis, Maddie Holt, Megha Patel, Jenna Nolan, Shayla Brittingham, Bailey Hesson, Alyssa Whaley, Lauren Burke, America Sanchez, Hannah Betts, Madison Shatzer, Alexis Pascual, Jada Flowers, Bella Leishear, Caitlin Lewis, Chloe Fisher, Savannah Reed, Chelsea Jennings, Isabella Robinson, Shawn Gray, Callee Cox, Nyashja Mosely, Aliyah Browning, Hayley Norwood, Morgan Gray and Keila Saez.

Beacon Middle School and Mariner Middle School volleyball teams met for the second time Thursday, Oct. 24, and the Lewes-based Vikings barely squeeked out a 25-17, 23-25, 15-13 victory in Milton.

"It was one of the best games I've ever seen," said Beacon coach Jen Celano. "The best part is that the Beacon and Mariner girls really bonded after the games and cheered each other on in the DAAD Middle School Invitational on Friday at Smyrna."

Both coaches from the Cape schools were quick to praise the other team.

"Beacon may have won," said Celano. "But the Mariner girls gave us the hardest win of the season."

The first time the lady spikers met Oct. 7, the Beacon squad took home a 2-0 victory.

"Beacon has a great team," said Mariner coach Nicole Scott. "Jen [Celano] and Sam [Purple] have done an outstanding job with those girls."

Mariner made it to the semifinals of the DAAD Invitational, ending with a 4-5 season, while Beacon ended up undefeated in the regular season and 6-2 overall.

"I am incredibly proud of my team," said Scott. "They've worked hard and have come a long way. Cheryl [Cannon] is amazing with my kids, and I couldn't have asked for a better assistant."

No matter who won the matchups this year, the future of Cape Henlopen volleyball looks bright.

"I am excited to see them at the next level," said Scott.

Members of the Mariner Middle School team are coaches Nicole Scott and Cheryl Cannon and players America Sanchez, Hannah Betts, Madison Shatzer, Alexis Pascual, Jada Flowers, Bella Leishear, Caitlin Lewis, Chloe Fisher, Savannah Reed, Chelsea Jennings, Isabella Robinson, Shawn Gray, Callee Cox, Nyashja Mosely, Aliyah Browning, Hayley Norwood, Morgan Gray and Keila Saez. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Mariner's Hannah Betts bumps a dig during the Vikings' 2-1 loss to Beacon. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Mariner coach Nicole Scott gets her team pumped up for the second set. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Mariner's Madison Shatzer bumps a dig. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Beacon assistant coach Sam Purple, right, explains a play to Sydney Pederson. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Beacon's Maddie Holt serves an ace. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Aliyah Browning's powerful serve wins a point for Mariner. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Mariner's Shawn Gray bumps a save off a Beacon kill attempt. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Aliyah Browning bumps a dig for Mariner. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Beacon coach Jen Celano calls a time-out to regroup her team. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Mariner's Jada Flowers bumps a save in the loss to Beacon. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Mariner's Hayley Norwood serves an ace. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Beacon's Anna Lutz bumps a dig. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Beacon's Bailey Hesson, left, and Anna Lutz celebrate an ace. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Beacon squad reacts to the third set victory. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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