November 3, 2023
Sophia Holgado from Padua Academy has committed to attend Virginia Tech where she will run Cross Country and Track
Division 1 Field Hockey Quarterfinal Round
Dru Moffett scored 4 goals and had an assist as Smyrna beat St. Georges 10-0. McKenna Wilson had 2 goals. Ava Pierce had 2 goals and 2 assists and Bree Moffett scored two goals and had 3 assists. Smyrna is now 15-1 on the year.
Cape Henlopen beat Odessa 12-0 in Odessa's first trip to the D1 State Tournament. 10 different Vikings scored goals as they outshot the Ducks 27-0. Atia Sabbagh had 2 goals as did Devon DeGregory. The Vikings are now 15-1 for the season.
Milford Beat Polytech 3-2. Madisyn Hitchens scored all three goals for the Buccaneers. They advance to take on Cape Henlopen in the semifinal round. Cape won the regular season meeting between the two teams 6-2. Milford's record is now 14-2.
Wilmington Charter advances to play Smyrna in the semifinals after their 8-0 victory over Middletown. Alexa Guarneri scored three goals for the Force, who are now 11-5. Stella Thomas and Ella Stack each scored two times in the win.
Girls Volleyball State Tournament First Round Part 2
Wilmington Friends beat Sussex Academy in three sets to advance to the second round of the event. Eleanor Dealy led the Quakers with 14 kills. Pamela Moore had 29 assists.
#9 Tower Hill advances to the second round beating #24 Sanford 3-0. Junior Lydia Spencer led the way with 14 kills on offense.
Archmere beat Caravel 3-2 to move forward. No available statistics from this match.
Elaina Millaway had 30 kills to drive Delmarva Christian into the second round in a 4-set over Cape Henlopen. Tobi Robinson switched out of her Libero uniform to help lead the offense and she had 33 assists in the match.
Girls Volleyball State Tournament Second Round
#1 St. Marks Spartans (14-1) vs #17 Wilmington Friends (10-5)
The Spartans were undefeated until the last match of the season against Ursuline and were one of three teams to go 14-1 for the year.
They are led by setter Maddie Way on offense who has a variety of targets from which to choose, including Senior Ava Borcky. On defense, one of the top ranked players in the region is Libero Taylor Holly. You will see her long red pony tail flying all over the court on any given night.
The Quakers of Wilmington Friends had a rough last two matches of the regular season to end up 9-5. Two of their losses were to in-conference rival, and defending State Champion, Tower Hill. They had one win against a higher seed in this event, a 3-1 win against #11 Concord, the Blue Hen Flight B Champions. Their setter is Freshman Pamela Moore and their leading hitter is Eleanor Dealy. The winner of this match will take on the winner of Middletown and Tower Hill.
#8 Middletown Cavaliers (13-2) vs #9 Tower Hill Hillers (15-1)
The Blue Hen Conference Champions are the Middletown Cavaliers and they are the number 8 seed. Sophomore Madison Sarnecky runs the offense for Head Coach Caley Lumpkin. Senior Adrianna Davidson consistently scored as an outside hitter. MOT Charter transfer, Daphne Sapp will also be a key contributor.
The defending State Champion Tower Hill is led by co-captain Molly Pietlock. She is one of the Hillers two setters and she also is one of the leaders on the team in kills. Anna Schiltz is the other setter on the team. Co-captain Meghan Mumford is another one of the top Libero's in the state. Junior Lydia Spencer will also be the recipient of passes from Pietlock and Schiltz to score points for a run at another state title. The Hillers only loss of the year was to #4 seeded Ursuline way back in match number 2 for them this year. The winner of this match will advance to play the winner of St. Marks and Wilmington Friends.
#4 Ursuline Academy Raiders (12-3) vs Appoquinimink Jaguars (10-6)
The Ursuline Raiders ended their regular season on a high note handing St. Marks their only loss of the season. They will take on Appoquinimink who beat Sussex Central in the first round. These teams have a common opponent in Archmere who the Jags beat but the Raiders did not.
Ursuline is led on offense by CC DeCaro on the outside. Hayley Timmons does most of the setting. Grace Burns, the Libero, holds down the defense.
The Jaguars are led by Senior Alexis Parkinson, their setter. On the outside she will find Sophomore Jaslyn Dawkins. The Jags Libero, Aimee Abad, is a Junior and one of the best in the state.
#5 Padua Pandas (9-6) vs St. Georges Hawks (12-4)
The Hawks have a very gifted setter in Junior Shayla Howell. As she flies, so will the Hawks. Her main target will be Kayla Riley, who is a sophomore. Amiya Mills, a Senior, will also get a chance to swing for some points.
The Pandas of Padua had a roller coaster year buoyed by a nice mid-season winning streak that enabled their push to the #5 seed in this tournament. Sophomore Kaitlyn Leberstein and Junior Avery Pilger run the offense in what was thought to be a rebuilding year at the start of play this year. Aayna Yatavelli is a Senior Captain and outside hitter. Vanessa Mancini also provide offensive power from the outside. The winner of this match will face the winner of Ursuline and Appoquinimink.
#2 Smyrna Eagles (15-1) vs #18 Delmarva Christian Royals (9-7)
The Royals of Delmarva Christian are led Junior Elaina Millaway is one of the top beach volleyball players in the nation. She recently had a 36-kill effort in a win against Caravel and a 30-point performance against Cape Henlopen in the first round. The Royals will use two setters to find her, Senior Maggie Kwaitkowski, who will also take some swings, and perhaps their usual Libero Tobi Robinson in lieu of Khushi Patel, a Junior, who did not play in the first round.
The Smyrna Eagles were the Henlopen Conference Champions blasting their way through the competition all year and taking St. Marks to 5 sets in a battle of unbeaten teams at the time. They are led by Player of the Year candidate Anna Richardson and Red Lion transfer Eliza Schneider. Abigayle Osbourne does the setting and she uses two other big targets in Elise Carter and Brooke Berge. The winner of this match will play the winner of the Newark Charter and Dover match.
#7 Newark Charter Patriots (12-3) vs #10 Dover Senators (13-3)
The tenth seeded Senators of Dover will travel to Newark to take on the #7 Newark Charter Patriots after beating. #23 Conrad. They had a tough schedule this year with only 4 of their matches against teams not in this tournament. Their losses were to the #2, #3, and #6 teams. Jasmine Hallum is a Sophomore and Dover's fantastic setter. She has 4 offensive targets with two of them being the twin Senior sister towers Malya and Mila Milstead. Senior Elizabeth Baughman is the teams leading hitter and defender and Emma Kozel will score as well.
Mila & Malya Milstead
The 7th seeded Patriots also had a tough schedule throughout the year losing only to three teams seeded higher, Padua, Wilmington Charter and St. Marks. They handed the #3 seed Caesar Rodney one of their two losses during the season. This offense is very balanced and on defense they are everywhere they need to be on any given point, led by Libero Francesca Manelski. Sophomore Kennedy Pavlekovitch leads the team as one of their two setters who also hits lefthanded from the outside. Junior Emily Wilson also sets for the Patriots and Senior Sara Shuts is their important middle blocker. The winner of this match will play the winner of the Smyrna- Delmarva Christian match.
#3 Caesar Rodney Riders (13-2) vs #14 Archmere Academy Auks (10-6)
The 14th seeded Auks are coming off of a 5 set battle with Caravel to take on #3 Caesar Rodney. They are led by Senior setter Ella Strohmaier. Her two main targets are Ceci Connolly and Katie Kuehl. They had big wins against Padua and Ursuline this year along with the victory against Caravel.
The Riders two losses were in 5-set battles with Smyrna and Newark Charter. They haven't dropped a set in their last 6 matches after beating the Blue Hen Conference Champion Middletown Cavaliers in 4 sets. Melissa Eddy is the Riders Captain and go-to outside hitter. Two setters will look to rack up assists for her kills, Alyssa Diem and Allison Hemberger. Reagan White is their key middle blocker. The winner of this match will play the winner of Wilmington Charter and Concord.
#6 Wilmington Charter Force (10-5) vs #11 Concord Raiders (13-3)
The Flight B Champion Concord Raiders will take on the Force of Wilmington Charter after their first round win over Indian River. They are led on offense by Senior setter Sydney Donatello who had a 46 assist match against Dickinson where the Raiders clinched the Flight B title. Kathryn Hart and Maeve Teaney are the main hitters for the Raiders. On defense, Gia Rivera is the talented Senior Libero who recently celebrated 650 career digs.
Wilmington Charter is the #6 seed. Their losses were to the top 5 seeds and the #9 seed, the defending state champions from Tower Hill. They are battle tested. Three of those matches went the 5-set distance. Now it's tournament time. The Force are led by Senior Setter Catie Cole, who reached the 1000-assist milestone for her career this year. Her two main targets are Senior Miranda Ting and Sophomore Seraphina Pabian.