In a match that was billed as a battle between two of the best girls’ volleyball teams in the state, Indian River High School came up just short in their comeback bid, falling 3-2 to visiting Delaware Military Academy on Saturday, Sept. 29.
After dropping the match’s first two games, 25-13 and 25-22, IR took the third game by a 25-13 score. They evened the match at two-all with a 25-23 nail-biter in the fourth game.
In the decisive fifth game, DMA managed to convert some late opportunities to thwart the Indians’ upset intentions, with a 15-11 clinching win.
IR was led by sophomore Raychel Ehlers’ 23 kills and 13 digs to go along with an ace and assist. Marianni Chavez had an amazing 33 assists in the contest, to go with a block and two digs. Jessica Amezcua also had a good day for the Indians, with 16 digs and an ace. Siera Johnson finished with eight kills, two aces and a dig.
In a match with Lake Forest on Thursday, Sept. 27, IR rolled to a 3-0 sweep in the Henlopen Conference South Division tilt.
The Indians posted game scores of 25-13, 25-14 and 25-17 in that victory.
Ehlers again was big, with 19 kills, five aces and a dig. Chavez also was stellar, with 20 assists and three aces. Amezcua chipped in with seven digs and two aces, while Johnson finished up with six kills, a ace and a dig. Nicole Woody had five assists, and Natalie Burnshaw contributed a pair of kills to go with two digs of her own.
The Indians will now be on the road for three straight matches, with their first one coming on Tuesday, Oct. 9, against Smyrna.
High school football
Indians struggle again in loss to Delmar
Defending Division II state champions Delmar had their way with IR last Friday, Sept. 28, in a 56-0 rout.
The Indians managed just 65 total offensive yards in the game, with 50 of those coming on the ground from freshman Dalton Hall, on just seven carries. Jodiah Morris added 20 yards on seven totes of his own.
Sophomore quarterback Tyler Bowen struggled to find time to throw, completing 3-of-4 attempts for 16 yards. Three different Indians caught a pass, with J.J. Killen, Ta’Jon Knight and Reshawn Turner on the receiving end.
Killen again showed off the big foot with his four punts, averaging 44.8 yards.
Defensively, T.J. Moore was credited with 10 tackles, while R.J. Rybicki and Zach Schultz each added five.
Delmar, which is currently 4-0 on the season, posted its second straight shutout, and has out-scored their opponents 104-0 in two games. The Wildcats posted 437 total yards of offense on just 36 plays, with no turnovers.
High school cross-country
Indians race Dover, Delmar in tri-meet
The Indian River girls’ cross-country team picked up a pair of wins, with a 41-19 win over Delmar and a narrow 29-26 decision over Dover.
Sarah Roehl (24:48), Micayla Meehan (25:45) and Lauren Meehan (26:25) came in 2-3-4 for the Indians, with Hannah Dunlap (29:27) and Cassie McCabe (29:54) crossing in 10th and 11th.
The IR boys’ cross-country team split its two races, posting a 40-21 win over Delmar while falling 39-19 to Dover.
Patrick Spencer was the top runner for the Indians’ boys, coming across the finish line in third place, with a time of 19:30. Christian Galindo came in eighth, at 20:36, with Declan Burke and Colin Hudson following at 20:55 and 20:59, respectively.
By Jason Feather