The Cape Henlopen volleyball team took the trip north to St. Marks High School to face the Spartans in first round of the DIAA tournament, and when the final ball hit the hardwood, the Spartans had taken a 3-0 win to end the Vikings' 11-4 season.
The Spartans delivered their DIAA first-round win with a 25-7, 25-16 and 26-6 three-set victory.
"The first game I think we were a little intimidated," said senior captain Mallory McDonald. "They had beaten some of our conference teams that we had lost to, and I think that affected us. Between sets, we made a strategy to take Abbie [Mirabella] out of the game, and it worked for a while."
Mirabella had 25 kills in the contest for the Spartans.
"It was our best blocking game of the season," said head coach Carrie Evick. "I thought the girls played really well against a good team."
"I'm proud of what this team did this season," said McDonald. "We accomplished a lot, going 11-4 and making it to the playoffs."
Cape sophomore middle hitter Cameron Wick had six blocks for the Vikings while senior libero Kristin Perkinson delivered with 12 digs. Megan Hart scored three blocks and spiked two kills. Sophomore Alison Palmer led the team with six assists.
"I felt good about this season," said Perkinson. "We weren't expected to do well because we lost six seniors from last year, and it was supposed to be a rebuilding season. I'm proud of us making the states. This team had good chemistry."
"The girls surpassed the expectations of the coaches," said Evick. "They became a unit on and off the court, and we succeeded because of them."
The Cape team was the 13th seed in the DIAA tournament.