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Cape volleyball falls in first round of DIAA tournament

By Dan Cook | Nov 04, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape sophomore middle hitter Cameron Wick stuffs St. Mark's Claudia Seemans in the Spartans' 3-0 win over the Vikings.

The Cape Henlopen volleyball team took the trip north to St. Marks High School to face the Spartans in first round of the DIAA tournament, and when the final ball hit the hardwood, the Spartans had taken a 3-0 win to end the Vikings' 11-4 season.

The Spartans delivered their DIAA first-round win with a 25-7, 25-16 and 26-6 three-set victory.

"The first game I think we were a little intimidated," said senior captain Mallory McDonald. "They had beaten some of our conference teams that we had lost to, and I think that affected us. Between sets, we made a strategy to take  Abbie [Mirabella] out of the game, and it worked for a while."

Mirabella had 25 kills in the contest for the Spartans.

"It was our best blocking game of the season," said head coach Carrie Evick. "I thought the girls played really well against a good team."

"I'm proud of what this team did this season," said McDonald. "We accomplished a lot, going 11-4 and making it to the playoffs."

Cape sophomore middle hitter Cameron Wick had six blocks for the Vikings while senior libero Kristin Perkinson delivered with 12 digs. Megan Hart scored three blocks and spiked two kills. Sophomore Alison Palmer led the team with six assists.

"I felt good about this season," said Perkinson. "We weren't expected to do well because we lost six seniors from last year, and it was supposed to be a rebuilding season. I'm proud of us making the states. This team had good chemistry."

"The girls surpassed the expectations of the coaches," said Evick. "They became a unit on and off the court, and we succeeded because of them."

The Cape team was the 13th seed in the DIAA tournament.

Cape sophomore Izzie Marsico makes a diving dig in the 3-0 loss to the Spartans. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior Michele Bahtiarian serves to the Spartans. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior libero Kristin Perkinson saves a Spartans kill attempt. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Seniors Claudia Ratner, left, and Megan Hart block a Spartans kill attempt. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape bench comes alive during a time-out in the second set. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The sparse crowd cheers along with the team after a Vikings roof. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior hitter Megan Hart taps back a free ball. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
St. Mark's senior captain Abbie Mirabella powers a kill in the Spartans' 3-0 win. Mirabella had 25 kills in the contest. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior Megan Hart, left, blocks a kill attempt by St. Mark's Addison Reich. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior libero Kristin Perkinson slams a spike from the back line. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Claudia Ratner taps back a winner. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Megan Grahne, left, substitutes for Mallory McDonald. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior Sarah Tappan blocks a St. Mark's kill attempt. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Alison Palmer gets an assist. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cameron Wick puts back a winner. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape volleyball squad holds its last postgame huddle of the season that found them winning 11 games. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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