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Volleyball: Pandas use stellar third set to sweep Spartans

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MILLTOWN – After two entertaining but not exactly crisp sets of volleyball Monday evening, Padua led St. Mark’s, 2-0. Whatever was said after the second set must have sunk in because the Pandas, ranked third in the state and getting ready to defend their state title in the postseason, came out a different squad in game three. Padua overwhelmed the Spartans in the third set en route to a sweep in a Catholic Conference match.

The Pandas used a balanced attack, with Haley Baker and Megan Barnett contributing from the service line and Emily Jarome, Stephanie Annone and Vanessa Crumety from the front to overwhelm St. Mark’s in the third set, 25-12. The Pandas won the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-22. Read more »

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Archmere falls to DMA in five sets

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CLAYMONT – A packed house filled the Moglia Fieldhouse on Monday night to watch host Archmere against the state’s second-ranked team, Delaware Military Academy, in a key Diamond State Athletic Conference match, and they were treated to a tense, five-set thriller won by DMA.

Archmere put the Seahawks in rally mode early by jumping out to a 17-6 lead in the first set, thanks to the defense of libero Tori Falasco and the kills of Zoe Akoto. DMA used a few aces from Sydney Fulton and thunderous kills by Victoria Taylor and Cassie Kowalski to score 10 straight. After another run, the Seahawks had a 24-21 lead. Archmere fought off two set points, but DMA took the first one on a double hit by the Auks.

Archmere rebounded from that disappointment to take the next two sets, 25-14 and 25-21, and the Auks looked poised to hand Delaware Military its first loss to an in-state opponent this season. Taylor, however, had other ideas, booming several kills in the fourth set, which DMA won by a 25-20 count.

The deciding fifth set was back-and-forth until DMA went on a run and was able to close it out with a 15-11 win.

Taylor led the Seahawks with 33 kills, while Kowalski added 19. Fulton recorded 54 assists for DMA, which is now 12-1 and fighting for the top seed in the state tournament. The Seahawks’ next game is Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Wilmington Christian.

Archmere received 16 kills from Akoto, while Falasco had 26 digs. The Auks are 8-4 and play their remaining three matches at home, with the next one Thursday vs. St. Mark’s at 6:15 p.m.

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Key games on soccer, football schedules this week

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The boys’ soccer and football seasons are winding down, which means there are a lot of important games this week for the Catholic school teams.

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Tournament seedings could hinge on girls games this week

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The girls’ regular seasons are winding down and some teams are fighting for the playoffs while others are trying to improve their tournament seedings. This is the week to do it.

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Spartans take latest Holy War over Sals, 28-21

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WILMINGTON — St. Mark’s was glad to have senior quarterback Matt Williams back from injury, as his three touchdown passes helped the third-ranked Spartans defeat Salesianum, 28-21, Friday night at Baynard Stadium. Williams, who missed the first five games due to a knee injury, completed 18 of 30 pass attempts for 202 yards to lead St. Mark’s, and he added some key runs to extend drives.

Salesianum got on the board first after Williams’ lone mistake of the evening. After an interception to end the first quarter, the Sals scored on the first play of the second when Colby Reeder broke a tackle and ran for a 51-yard touchdown. Read more »

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Sals soccer returns to win column with win over Spartans

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WILMINGTON – It was Senior Night at Salesianum, and the Sals soccer team sent their veterans out in style, defeating archrival St. Mark’s, 7-0, at Baynard Stadium.

Looking to end a two-game losing streak, both shutouts, the Sals got on the board early when Conor Samuels buried one past a diving goalkeeper in the 13th minute. Five minutes later, Jordan MacFarlane sprinted down the left side and beat Spartans keeper John Perry for a 2-0 lead. Read more »

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Padua sweeps Friends for fourth straight volleyball win

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ALAPOCAS – Third-ranked Padua overcame a slow start Thursday afternoon to sweep host Wilmington Friends, 25-18, 25-18 and 25-19, in nonconference volleyball. It was the Pandas’ fourth consecutive win, improving their record to 10-3.

Padua fell behind the Quakers, 5-1, in the first set, but they fought back for a 12-11 lead, thanks in part to the defense of Vanessa Crumety. Friends rebounded to go up, 16-13, on two kills by Maya Johnson, but Emily Jarome and Stephanie Annone led a ferocious 12-2 run to end the set. Read more »

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DelliCompagni tallies only goal in Pandas field hockey win over Sanford

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WILMINGTON – Goals were scarce Tuesday afternoon when fifth-ranked Padua and fourth-ranked Sanford met in field hockey at Forbes Field, but a late goal by senior Gabriella DelliCompagni was the difference in a 1-0 Pandas win.

DelliCompagni scored with 6:40 to go in the contest off an assist from Abigail Boudart. The Pandas improved to 9-1 with the win.

In a defensive battle, Padua held the Warriors to two shots for the game, while the Pandas managed six. Padua controlled possession most of the first half, but the Warriors’ defense did not give up any quality scoring chances.

Sanford applied some pressure early in the second half, but Padua’s defense was just as stingy.

The Pandas are at home again at Forbes Field on Friday, when they host St. Mark’s (5-5-1) at 3:45 p.m. Padua defeated the Spartans, 2-0, on Oct. 1.

Sanford fell to 9-2 and will be home Thursday against Tower Hill, which gave the Warriors their only other loss, a 3-0 shutout on Sept. 23. That game begins at 4 p.m.

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Ursuline falls to Charter, which remains undefeated in volleyball

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WILMINGTON – The final score may not reflect it, but Ursuline put up a fight in a 3-0 loss to undefeated and top-ranked Charter on Tuesday night at home. The Force took the sets by scores of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-14.

After a close first set, the taller and more experienced Force asserted itself in the final two sets, although the Raiders put up a fight in both. Ursuline did not have the height to match Charter’s Olivia DiMaio, Liz Marcin and Taylor Regan, but the Raiders played their trademark stellar defense, stepping in to block or dig their powerful kill attempts. Read more »

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Padua fights off challenge from Caravel, picks up volleyball sweep

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WILMINGTON – On an emotional night on Broom Street, the Padua volleyball team fought off a game challenge by Caravel to sweep the Buccaneers in volleyball. Set scores were 25-16, 25-23 and 25-23.

Before the game, the Padua Dance Team performed a routine to the song “Rather Be” by Queen Bandit as a tribute to former member Erin Wendelburg. It was the dance team’s first home game since Wendelburg, who graduated from Padua this past May, died last Thursday after a battle with brain cancer. Read more »

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