Delmarva Christian’s volleyball program has only been up and running the past two seasons, and each of those seasons have been marred by losses to Indian River.
On Saturday, Sept. 9, Indian River will travel to Georgetown to face Delmarva Christian for their second regular-season match up and the third time the teams have met this school year, counting a scrimmage.
With their record against the Lady Indians, Delmarva Christian head coach Jim Berger hopes the popular saying, “The third time is the charm,” is true.
“Indian River is a very well-coached team,” Berger said. “They control the ball very well and don’t beat themselves. They don’t commit too many unforced errors which make you beat them.”
Delmarva Christian won only two games their first year and doubled that figure last year (4-12). Increasing their win total from two to four may not seem like a drastic change, but as far as Berger is concerned his program is moving in the right direction.
“I am very pleased with our progress this year,” Berger said. “When I look back, we’re definitely at a farther point right now than we were last year.”
He mentioned that he had only nine girls come out for the team the first year and only two of them had ever played before. Last year, his number of would-be players more than doubled, to 22, before settling at 16 girls on this year’s team.
Berger noted the main reason for his team’s lack of success last year was because “they didn’t have too much offense … and not being able to kill the ball,” but this year is something of the contrary.
“This year, we are able to hit the ball and put it away,” he said.
Delmarva Christian has a relatively young team, with two sophomores and one freshman seeing considerable playing time. But they are led by middle setter Hannah Duke and their outside hitter, Natalie Parker, both of whom are juniors.
Berger called Duke the quarterback of their team and said she is a tremendous passer. He noted that both girls have a “terrific serve.”
According to Berger, both girls had seven to eight aces against Delmar during a scrimmage in late August.
“When they’re on, they can each go on four-, five- or six-point runs,” Berger said.
The Henlopen South Champion Indian River Lady Indians (11-7) are coming off their best season but are in somewhat of disarray due to the long-stretch of rain that came with Tropical Storm Ernesto.
“We’ve been shuffling around [to use the gym] with the other sports because of all the rain. So, today will be our first practice since school started,” Indian River head coach Jess Dodd said on Sept. 6. “I haven’t made any decisions of who my six starters will be, so that is still up in the air.”
“The key is chemistry,” Dodd added. “Knowing how your teammate beside you is going to play is important, and that will come with more practice time.”
Indian River will travel to play Delmarva Christian at Draper Gym in Georgetown on Monday, Sept. 11, and host Delmar on Sept. 14.
LSLL to hold elections
Lower Sussex Little League will hold its annual board of directors’ elections on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in the conference room. Those interested in running for a board position must send a letter to Lower Sussex League Secretary Lori Bennett at P.O. Box 1320, Bethany Beach, DE 19930 by Saturday, Sept. 23. Any parent who had a child participate during the 2006 season is eligible to vote. For additional information, call Lower Sussex Little League President Bruce Layton at (302) 539-4768.