Tuesday night’s volleyball match at Caravel Academy proved to be a vigorous one, ending Indian River’s 3-0 winning streak. “It was a tough three-hour match that was both physically and emotionally demanding,” said Indian River volleyball coach Jess Dodd about the 2-3 loss.
Indian River had an amazing comeback in the first game of the match. Down 15-23, the team dominated the game to win it 27-25. Indian River came out on top in the second game, winning 27-25 again.
“In the third game, Caravel’s defense just outplayed ours,” Dodd admitted. “The girls really believed they could win after the first game, but they may have played a little overconfident. [Caravel] controlled our hits better,” said Dodd.
Caravel came out triumphant the next two games. In the fifth, the teams were tied 13-13. “We just made two careless mistakes that cost us the game,” said Dodd.
Indian River was coming off of a successful home game last Thursday against Delmar, in which they demonstrated power and control. “We brought that same power to the Caravel game,” he said. “We were both pretty equal in terms of strength. Renee Davidson had quite a few powerful hits,” he said of the senior player. Junior Chelsea Collins was starting middle for the Indians. “She had 10 digs and three blocks. She did very well,” Dodd said.
The team will have little time to recuperate before Thursday’s match at Caesar Rodney. Dodd has been trying new lineups this year, working the team at new positions. “We know the game,” Dodd said. “It’s just a matter of elevating the skill level and getting more practice time.”
“Hopefully, the team has learned a lesson from the game,” said Dodd of the close loss.