Indian River’s varsity volleyball has achieved two of their three goals for the year: win more games than they did last year and win the Southern Division. But making the state tournament is on hold – for the moment.
Back-to-back 3-0 victories over Delmar and Lake Forest earned Indian River a current 10-7 record and the inaugural Southern Division crown. One regular-season game remains, against Poly Tech on Oct. 27, before the Lady Indians play for the conference championship against Caesar Rodney on Nov. 1.
Head Coach Jess Dodd said that he hopes and believes that his team can defeat the Lady Riders, but even a loss could set the Lady Indians up for post-season glory.
“Right now, a lot has to happen for us to make the state tournament,” said Dodd. “It depends on bonus points and strength of schedule. But if we play Caesar Rodney with the same intensity that we did against Sussex Central, then it’ll be a fun game.”
“The Caesar Rodney game will fire us up for states, but even a loss won’t bother us,” said Dodd. “As long we bring our A-game, play our best and compete then we’ll be in it.”
The Lady Indians surprised Sussex Central by defeating them three games to one on Oct. 18 as part of the team’s four-game conference winning streak.
A win over Poly Tech would give the volleyball team their second-best winning record since Dodd’s arrival nine years ago. The Lady Indians amassed a 12-6 record in 2001 and though this year’s team can’t beat their record, they have surpassed them in talent.
“This is the most talented team that I’ve had so far,” said Dodd. “All we have to do is play one game at a time and play with intensity.”