The first full week of the fall high school sports season brings with it some big-time matchups in volleyball, along with a few field hockey games worth making the trip for.
In field hockey, traditional rivals Ursuline and Padua are scheduled to do battle, as are Catholic rivals Archmere and Saint Mark’s. On the court, Saint Mark’s kicks its schedule into high gear with two matches against top-10 competition, and Padua also has a pair of ranked foes coming up.
St. Elizabeth (0-1) at Delaware Military (2-0), 3:45 p.m.
Ss. Peter and Paul (1-0) at John Carroll, 4 p.m.
Ursuline (0-2) vs. Padua (0-1), 3:45 p.m. at the Chase Fieldhouse
Sanford (0-1) at Archmere (1-0), 3:45 p.m.
St. Elizabeth at Christiana (0-0), 3:45 p.m.
Ursuline at Newark Charter (0-0), 3:45 p.m.
Archmere at Saint Mark’s (2-0), 3:45 p.m.
Concord (1-1) vs. Padua, 3:30 p.m. at the Chase Fieldhouse
Ss. Peter and Paul at Gunston, 4 p.m.
Cape Henlopen (1-0) at Ursuline (1-0), 6:15 p.m. The Vikings make their first trip north this season to take on a veteran Ursuline team. Cape took three straight sets in impressive fashion at Delmarva Christian on opening night. The Raiders swept Cape last season in Lewes.
First State Military (0-1) at Archmere (0-1), 5 p.m.
Indian Creek at Ss. Peter and Paul (2-1), 5 p.m.
Wilmington Friends (1-0) at Saint Mark’s (1-0), 7:15 p.m.
Conrad (1-0) at St. Elizabeth (0-1), 7:15 p.m.
Archmere at Padua (1-0), 6 p.m. Two traditional powers battle in the early season. The Auks will be playing their second match of the week; Padua is returning to the court for the first time since a four-set win over St. Elizabeth on Sept. 9.
Red Lion (0-0) at St. Elizabeth, 7 p.m.
Wilmington Charter (1-0) at Saint Mark’s, 7:15 p.m. The top-ranked Spartans host the fourth-ranked Force in a battle of two programs always among the state’s best. These two teams are known for big hitters, so expect plenty of fireworks. Saint Mark’s alumna Mary Pat Kwoka is now coaching at Wilmington Charter, but she’ll put nostalgia aside for a few hours.
Ursuline at Indian River (1-0), 12:45 p.m.
Padua at Smyrna (1-0), 4 p.m.