Beacon volleyball defeats Mariner 2-1 in battle of the middle schools

The Beacon and Mariner volleyball teams are making the future of Cape volleyball look bright. Shown are the coaches and players of both teams including coaches Jen Celano, Sam Purple, Nicole Scott and Cheryl Cannon and players Hailey Wilson, Sky Allen, Olivia Morton, Anna Lutz, Victoria Burger, Alex Chiartas, Alyssa Needham, Ava Lynam, Abby Thomas, Sydney Pedersen, Abby Bucklin, Heather Blees, Natalie Oldham, Annabelle Burrows, Autumn Garvey, Maci Silicato, Catherine Morales, Henely Kennedy, McKenzie Parker, Elaina Louvis, Maddie Holt, Megha Patel, Jenna Nolan, Shayla Brittingham, Bailey Hesson, Alyssa Whaley, Lauren Burke, America Sanchez, Hannah Betts, Madison Shatzer, Alexis Pascual, Jada Flowers, Bella Leishear, Caitlin Lewis, Chloe Fisher, Savannah Reed, Chelsea Jennings, Isabella Robinson, Shawn Gray, Callee Cox, Nyashja Mosely, Aliyah Browning, Hayley Norwood, Morgan Gray and Keila Saez. BY DAN COOK
October 28, 2013

Beacon Middle School and Mariner Middle School volleyball teams met for the second time Thursday, Oct. 24, and the Lewes-based Vikings barely squeeked out a 25-17, 23-25, 15-13 victory in Milton.

"It was one of the best games I've ever seen," said Beacon coach Jen Celano. "The best part is that the Beacon and Mariner girls really bonded after the games and cheered each other on in the DAAD Middle School Invitational on Friday at Smyrna."

Both coaches from the Cape schools were quick to praise the other team.

"Beacon may have won," said Celano. "But the Mariner girls gave us the hardest win of the season."

The first time the lady spikers met Oct. 7, the Beacon squad took home a 2-0 victory.

"Beacon has a great team," said Mariner coach Nicole Scott. "Jen [Celano] and Sam [Purple] have done an outstanding job with those girls."

Mariner made it to the semifinals of the DAAD Invitational, ending with a 4-5 season, while Beacon ended up undefeated in the regular season and 6-2 overall.

"I am incredibly proud of my team," said Scott. "They've worked hard and have come a long way. Cheryl [Cannon] is amazing with my kids, and I couldn't have asked for a better assistant."

No matter who won the matchups this year, the future of Cape Henlopen volleyball looks bright.

"I am excited to see them at the next level," said Scott.