A cold front brought the rain and fans brought the thunder Sept. 12 inside Cape’s Big House. The Vikings volleyball team of coach Tyler Coupe came back from 2-1 down to defeat Caesar Rodney 3-2.
Cape students wore white T-shirts and waved rally towels provided by the booster club. They were respectful but rocking when Cape put scoring rallies together.
Coupe looked post-traumatic with the score tied at 13 in the deciding game – first to 15 wins the match.
“I’ve been working on being more under control,” Coupe said with a smile after the match, Cape’s first win of the season after shutouts at Delmarva Christian and Indian River.
“That first game [Cape won 25-14] is the best we’ve played all season,” Coupe said. “We slipped, losing two games in a row, but came back, which showed a lot of character.”
Cape bounced back with a 25-21 win in the third game before the 15-13 win to close it out.
Cape’s Rileigh Wilson was top gun at the net for Cape with 11 kills, while Katie Knarr and Erin Morrissey combined for another 11 kills.
“It was great. The fans were awesome, and we played so well,” Wilson said.
Alyssa Whaley contributed 18 assists, while Emily Lamb had 15 digs, stopping multiple kill shots, saving points and keeping the ball in play.
“It’s just instinct stopping those hard shots,” Lamb said. “You really don’t have time to think or blink.”
“Jocelyn Leach had a great all-around game. She’s a leader on the floor,” Coupe said.
Leach had two aces off her serves late in the contest that were crucial to the victory.
Cape will host Newark Charter Tuesday, Sept. 17. Charter is 3-0 and hasn’t lost a game in three matches.