IR surprises CR in varsity volleyball, 3-2

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Siera Johnson blocks a shot.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Siera Johnson blocks a shot.A young Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team opened their 2017 season by surprising an older, more experienced Caesar Rodney team, 3-2, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, on their home court in Dagsboro.

IR took the first set 25-19. CR, who had beaten Concord High School the prior Friday night, responded with a 25-21 win in the second set. IR fought back, winning the third set 25-19. CR held on, winning the fourth set 25-18, but IR sealed the win in the final set, 15-13.

Leading the Indians’ charge was freshman Raychel Ehlers, who was 14-4-0-4-0 for the night.

“I’m proud of the way we played tonight,” Ehlers said. “It was our first game of the season, and we came out strong. I knew I did good and hit the ball hard, but it was a team effort.”

“I feel great — the girls played so hard,” said IR head coach Jim Barns. “It’s great when they put everything out there and come out with a win. Win or lose, that match, I was proud of the girls, but to come out with the W just makes it all the more special.

“It just makes all the hard work they put in practice and all the hard work during the match — and to come up with the W makes it all worthwhile,” he continued. “Kudos to Caesar Rodney — that’s a great team they have. It was just an exciting game for the fans to watch.”

Senior Carly Collins had a 6-2-0-1-0 night, with sophomore Siera Johnson racking up a 4-2-2-0-0 scorecard, and McKenzie Johnson contributed 1-2-2-0-2 to IR’s win.

“For the first game of the season, I’m pretty happy with the win. We played a really great team, and we were able to pull it out in the last set,” said IR assistant coach Jay Clark. “The freshmen were a big part of it. It’s the start of a new year, and you never know what you’re going to get. So I was pretty happy to get out of it with a win.”

The Indians were set to host Delmar’s Wildcats on Thursday, Sept. 14, (after Coastal Point press time), and then on Tuesday, Sept. 19, they will travel to Cape Henlopen High School to take on the Vikings.