On Tuesday night, Indian River High School’s varsity volleyball team entered their home gym, packed with spectators, to face a formidable 8-0 Delmarva Christian High School team. With perseverance and determination, IR’s team — themselves also undefeated, 7-0 — came out fighting and, despite early losses, fought back to win the match, 3-2.
“They played well,” said IRHS head coach Jim Barnes. “I thought they played really well in the beginning. They were the better team in the first two sets. I thought our girls played well and stuck with it. You never know — that’s why you play five sets. We picked it up. We had to pick it up against that team.”
“We needed more offense, made some adjustments, and the girls played well and we came through,” he added.
“Delmarva Christian High School’s volleyball team is a very good volleyball team. That’s why they’re undefeated and that’s why this was such a good game tonight,” said Barnes. “You had two undefeated teams going at it. You couldn’t ask for a better matchup, and certainly I’m pleased with the outcome.”
IR lost the first two games, 21-25 and 18-25. They won the next three, 25-12, 25-19 and 15-9. Freshman OH Raychel Ehlers led the charge for the Indians with 27 kills, an ace, two blocks and nine digs.
The players, too, recognized the challenge their opponents provided on Oct. 3.
“Delmarva Christian is a really good team. We really turned it on, and we started playing well. They got it to me so I could hit the ball, and the passes were awesome,” Ehlers said.
Senior OM/BH Julia Bomhardt had six kills, three aces and a block for the Indians.
“It feels great to be back,” said Bomhardt, who’s been out with an injury. “I’m just a couple of weeks into my injury. Our team chemistry couldn’t be better right now. We’re untouchable right now. Nobody can stop us now. We’re tournament-bound,” Bomhardt beamed.
Senior Carly Collins had four-kills, a block and 13 digs, for the Indians, while sophomore Citllaly Macedo had three aces and eight digs, and sophomore Jessica Amezcua had an ace and 17 digs for the Indians.
Next Tuesday, Oct. 10, IRHS will host the Eagles of Smyrna High School and then the Milford’s Buccaneers on Thursday, Oct. 12, before hitting the road against Glasgow and Woodbridge.