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Cape volleyball: new faces and new hopes for 2014

By Dan Cook | Aug 27, 2014
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape freshman Logan Shuttleworth, left, and sophomore Abigail E'Nama block an Indian River kill attempt in the Aug. 27 scrimmage with the Indians.

The Cape Henlopen volleyball team is looking to improve on its 11-4 record of last season, but there are new faces in new positions, and coach Carrie Evick is still assessing the team's preseason workouts.

"We are a very young team," said Evick. "Sarah Tappan is our only senior, and we lost five starters to graduation last year. But I still believe we can be one of the  top teams in the Henlopen Conference."

The Vikings hosted a 10-team scrimmage Aug. 23 and played five of those teams.

"We played a lot of different combinations and tried players at different positions," said the Cape coach. "We have new faces and wanted to try different things. We liked what we saw."

The Aug. 27 scrimmage with the Indians of Indian River displayed how the team is continuing to improve.

"We are continuing to build our team chemistry," said co-captain Alison Palmer. "We have lots of new faces, but they are working hard."

"Our team has lots of potential," said co-captain Kira Vitella. "I think we'll be OK."

The Vikings open their 2014 campaign Friday, Sept. 5, at home with Delmarva Christian.

Cape junior Izzie Marsico spikes an outside kill shot in the scrimmage with Indian River. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Lone Vikings senior outside hitter Sarah Tappan spikes a kill shot. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Vikings junior Kira Vitella serves an ace in the scrimmage with the Indians. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior Cameron Wick bumps a dig in the scrimmage with the Indians. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Erin Walsh serves one up. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Abigail E'Nama, left, and Logan Shuttleworth block an Indian River kill attempt in the Aug. 27 scrimmage with the Indians. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Junior setter Kira Vitella gets an assist to Abigail E'Nama. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Izzie Marsico can dig it. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Vikings junior Cassie Maiuri bumps a set. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Erin Walsh taps over a winner. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Izzie Marsico, right, gets congratulations from Kira Vitella after a good play. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cameron Wick serves up an ace. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sophomore Taylor Collier digs a ball in the junior varsity scrimmage with Indian River. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Freshman Abby Thomas digs a ball during junior varsity scrimmage with Indian River. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Freshman Mallory Jones digs a ball in the junior varsity scrimmage. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Junior varsity defensive specialist Autumn Garvey returns a serve. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Freshman outside hitter Maddie Shatzer serves an ace during the JV scrimmage. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Payton Heck digs a ball during the JV scrimmage. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Freshman Caitlyn Lewis makes a save on a Indian River kill attempt during the JV scrimmage with the Indians. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Freshman Jada Flowers hits a free ball. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sophomore Taylor Collier awaits an Indian River serve attempt. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Freshman Abby Thomas taps over a winner in the JV scrimmage with Indian River. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sophomore Payton Heck makes a diving play on the ball. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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