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Caesar Rodney holds off Cape volleyball 3-1

Both teams 11-3 with one game remaining
By Dave Frederick | Oct 24, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook The Cape volleyball class of 2014 members include (l-r) Mallory McDonald, Claudia Ratner, Megan Grahne, Megan Hart, coach Carrie Evick and Kristin Perkinson.

The Cape volleyball team won the second game 25-11 Oct. 22 in a best of five rally scoring against visiting Caesar Rodney. Those with a recollection of records claimed it was the first game inside a match Cape had ever won against the Riders. A large crowd of students was going bonkers with each point won. The best of five had settled into a best of three.

The Riders, a perennial Henlopen Conference power since the sport's inception, had already lost matches this season to Smyrna and Polytech, and so had Cape. The Vikings had momentum and a sense of confidence, but the Riders refocused and closed Cape out 25-19 and 25-17 by getting out front early and staying there.

Cape dropped to 11-3 on the season with one game remaining at St. Thomas More. The Ravens are 7-6 against a tough schedule, and the Vikings may have to win that game to be assured a spot in the postseason state tournament.

Cape had several stellar performances including Cameron Wick's 4 kills and 10 blocks, and Megan Hart's 9 kills and 10 blocks, and many of those blocks saw both athletes and four arms high over the net.

Alison Palmer with 12, Kira Vitella with 14, Mallory McDonald with 15 and Kristin Perkinson with 27 kept Cape in contention digging out hard shots.

Alison Palmer led the team in assists with an incredible 21.

But on the Riders' side of the net, it was the experience of high-flying Jessica Cregan with 15 kills and 21 digs that led the Riders to victory. Jessica Ament had 30 assists for the Riders, who improved to 11-3.

The state tournament in volleyball begins Saturday, Nov. 2.

 

 

Cape's Cameron Wick taps a winner over a Caesar Rodney frontline blocker. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape team celebrates an awesome block by Cameron Wick. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior libero Kristin Perkinson dives for a dig during the final game with the Riders. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior Mallory McDonald serves up an ace. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Frontline blockers Alison Palmer, left, and Megan Hart block a kill attempt by Caesar Rodney's Camille Lecompte. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape team celebrates an ace. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sarah Tappan digs a CR kill attempt. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape assistant coach Nick Delcampo congratulates Cameron Wick on her blocking play at the net. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior Megan Grahne taps a kill in the final set. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Megan Hart is all smiles at the playing of her team in the beginning of the final set. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior outside hitter Claudia Ratner bumps a dig. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape sophomore Kira Vitella bumps a dig. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape outside hitter Sarah Tappan spikes a kill attempt. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape team gets psyched during a time-out. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape sophomore outside hitter Izzie Marsico makes a diving dig. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior Megan Hart gets major air to spike a kill shot. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape middle hitter Cameron Wick blocks a kill attempt from Riders middle hitter Jennifer Bones. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sophomore setter Alison Palmer awaits a Riders serve. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape sophomore Kira Vitella awaits a Riders serve. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Enough said. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape team huddles after a tough loss to the Riders. Cape has never defeated Caesar Rodney on the volleyball courts. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Riders' high flying Jessica Cregan had 15 kills in the match. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Megan Hart is blocked by Anna Simpson. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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