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Padua’s Jarome named state volleyball player of the year

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Catholic Conference players pepper all-state roster; Vikings’ McCarthy named coach of year

The Catholic Conference had three teams among the final four in the state tournament, including both finalists, Ursuline and Padua. The conference is also well-represented on the all-state teams, which were released Nov. 14, the day after Ursuline won the state championship. Selections are made by the Delaware Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association. Read more »

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Ursuline’s steady progress past few seasons indicated return to volleyball mountaintop

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NEWARK – Ursuline’s 2017 state volleyball championship is the school’s first since 2009, but for coach Sue Heiss and her players – in particular the seniors – it means so much more. Taylor Wright and Sam Davis were on the varsity squad as freshmen in 2014, a campaign remembered more for the fact that the Raiders missed the state tournament than the team’s improvement upon 2013’s win total by four matches.

The Raiders’ 8-7 mark in 2014 was not enough to get them into the final 16-team state tournament. The seeds had been planted, however, for this year’s championship, which the school earned on Nov. 13 with a five-set nail-biter over Catholic Conference rival Padua at the Bob Carpenter Center. Read more »

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It takes five sets, but Ursuline knocks off Pandas for first volleyball title since 2009

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NEWARK – Taylor Wright spent most of the evening of Nov. 13 on a mission to restore Ursuline to the top of Delaware’s high school volleyball pyramid. Whether through a swing of her powerful right arm or a timely block, the Raiders’ senior outside hitter put on a performance that will be long remembered.

Wright’s final act – after two-plus hours of sometimes nerve-wracking, always exciting volleyball – sealed the deal for the third-seeded Raiders. She came in from the left side, jumped one more time and sent a spike down the middle to lift Ursuline past top-seeded Padua, 15-11, in the fifth set. That gave the Raiders a 3-2 win and their 12th state championship in front of a full house and of 2,836 at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, a record for the volleyball final. Read more »

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All-Catholic volleyball final; Sals reach soccer semis

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The fall season is coming to a close, with only playoffs remaining in a few sports. This week, we combine the girls’ and boys’ schedules. After this week, we will take a break before returning with basketball in early December. Read more »

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Raiders return to volleyball title match with 3-1 win over Tower Hill

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MILLTOWN – Ursuline needed five sets to get past Wilmington Charter in the quarterfinal round of the Delaware high school volleyball tournament, and the Raiders found themselves behind in their semifinal match against Tower Hill after losing the first set on Nov. 9 at St. Mark’s High School. But the third-seeded Raiders bounced back, winning the next three sets to defeat the No. 2 Hillers and advance to the championship on Monday.

“We didn’t get down on ourselves at all,” senior libero Sam Davis said. “We were thinking it’s go time, it’s now or never. There’s nothing we can lose. Let’s just go after it. We played really well after that.” Read more »

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Pandas get better as night rolls on, sweep their way to volleyball final

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MILLTOWN – After escaping with a two-point win in the first set, then pulling away in the second, the Padua volleyball team left no doubt that they belonged in the state championship match coming up on Monday night.

A 7-1 run early in the third put the Pandas up, 12-4, over St. Mark’s, and Padua would go on to a 25-12 win to complete the sweep in the semifinal round Nov. 9 at St. Mark’s. The top-seeded Pandas will attempt to win their first state title since 2013 when they meet No. 3 Ursuline at the Bob Carpenter Center on Monday after the consolation match, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Read more »

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Pandas handle tough Archmere squad, will face St. Mark’s in volleyball semis

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WILMINGTON – Top-seeded Padua advanced to the semifinal round of the state volleyball tournament with a 3-0 sweep of Archmere on Nov. 7 at the St. E Center, but the Auks gave the Pandas all they could handle. Padua took the sets by scores of 25-21, 25-23, and 25-21.

The Pandas remained undefeated at 17-0 heading into Thursday night’s semifinal match against Catholic Conference foe St. Mark’s on the Spartans’ home floor. That one will follow the first semifinal pitting No. 3 Ursuline against No. 2 Tower Hill. Read more »

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Spartans sweep Conrad, advance to first volleyball semifinal since 2013

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WILMINGTON – The seedings might have indicated that Conrad was the 12th-ranked team in the state volleyball tournament and St. Mark’s the fourth, but the quarterfinal match the teams played on Nov. 7 was much closer than that. The Spartans and Red Wolves battled through three tough sets before St. Mark’s prevailed in a sweep at the St. E Center. Set scores were 25-21, 25-23, and 25-19.

With the win, the Spartans advanced to the semifinals on Thursday night on their home court. They will meet top-seeded Padua approximately 20 minutes after the first semi, which will pit No. 3 Ursuline vs. No. 2 Tower Hill. It is St. Mark’s deepest tournament run since 2013, when the Spartans fell in five tense sets – to Padua. Read more »

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Catholic schools battle in volleyball, field hockey postseasons

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Playoffs? Yes, we’re talking playoffs. Volleyball has moved into the later rounds, while field hockey gets underway on Tuesday. For the first time, there are two divisions in field hockey. Volleyball remains at one division.

Volleyball

Tuesday

No. 12 Conrad (12-5) vs. No. 4 St. Mark’s (12-4), 6 p.m. at the St. E Center. The Red Wolves, the lowest seed remaining in the tournament, faces a dangerous St. Mark’s team. Conrad has a mixture of height and one of the state’s best defenders in libero Alyssa Faville, and she will be busy against the Spartans’ Savannah Seemans.

No. 6 Wilmington Charter (12-4) vs. No. 3 Ursuline (14-2), 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s. The Force took Ursuline to four sets in their regular-season matchup, getting 18 kills that night from hitter Maddie Matheny. Ursuline brings a multi-pronged attack and defends with the best of them, led by the Davis sisters, Sam and Sydney.

No. 8 Archmere (11-5) vs. No. 1 Padua (16-0), approx., 7 p.m., at the St. E Center. The teams meet for the second time this year, as the Pandas took a 3-0 decision a few weeks ago. Both teams needed four sets to win their second-round matches. The big hitters are the big story, as Emily Jarome of Padua and Julia Kochie of Archmere led their teams in the second round.

Thursday

Conrad/St. Mark’s winner vs. Archmere/Padua winner, time TBA at St. Mark’s.

Wilmington Charter/Ursuline winner vs. Red Lion/Tower Hill winner, time TBA at St. Mark’s.

 

Field hockey

Division II

Tuesday

No. 10 Brandywine (11-4) at No. 7 Ursuline (10-5), 2:30 p.m. The Bulldogs won five of their final six matches and earned an at-large bid to the tournament. They are led offensively by Lauren Vandenbraak and Raquel Brown. They will face a Raiders team that snapped a three-game losing streak last week in the regular-season finale. Caroline Taylor and Jordan Kenney are among the offensive options.

No. 11 St. Mark’s (7-7-1) at No. 6 Wilmington Friends (11-3-1), 2:30 p.m. The Spartans’ strong schedule earned them enough points for a tournament berth, and they will attempt to take advantage against a traditionally tough Quakers team. St. Mark’s rebounded nicely from a 2-5 start to finish strong. Megan Noonan leads a balanced attack.

Saturday

Indian River/Lake Forest winner at No. 4 Archmere (11-3-1), 11 a.m. The Auks, winners of the Diamond State Athletic Conference, open at home.

Brandywine/Ursuline winner at No. 2 Tower Hill (14-0-1), 11 a.m.

St. Mark’s/Wilmington Friends winner at No. 3 Caravel (11-2-2), 11 a.m.

Division I

Thursday

No. 8 Sussex Tech (9-5-1) vs. No. 1 Padua (13-1-1), 6:30 p.m. at Caravel. The Pandas are riding high, with their lone loss coming to perennial power Cape Henlopen. Katie Buczik, Kathleen Melia and the rest of the talented Pandas will have to contain high-scoring Ravens midfielder Morgan Johnson.

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Kochie paces Auks in four-set win over Smyrna in volleyball tournament

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WILMINGTON – Archmere opened the 2017 volleyball season at Smyrna on Sept. 9, going home with a workmanlike 3-0 victory. The Auks defeated Smyrna once again on Nov. 4 in the second round of the state tournament, but this one was much tougher.

It took four sets this time, but the eighth-seeded Auks are moving on after a 3-1 win over the No. 9 Eagles at Salesianum. The Auks won by scores of 24-26, 25-20, 25-17, and 25-18. Read more »

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