Cape volleyball plays tough, but falls to Dover 3-1

October 14, 2023

The Cape volleyball team played a hard-fought match Oct. 12, but dropped a 3-1 decision to a powerful Dover squad.

The 10-2 Senators got out quickly, overpowering the Vikings 25-16 in the first set. The Vikings held strong and took the second set behind good serving and digs off the kill attempts by a strong Dover front line.

The Senators staved off Cape in the third and fourth sets 25-21, 25-17 to claim the match.

Cape was led by setter Emerson Smith with 26 assists. Emily Cook made 17 digs, while Ava Calciano had 10. Lily Joyce and Amalia Fruchtman slammed eight and seven kills, respectively.

‘In the second set we got our serves in,” said Cape setter Emerson Smith. “We did what we needed to do. We got kills and our energy was super high. I think we got tired and lost our energy in the fourth.“

“The Dover match was another one of our matches where we have such strong pockets of play, then unfortunately have too many moments in which we become overwhelmed and succumb to mistakes,” said Cape coach Tyler Coupe. “Lily [Joyce] had her most efficient night of the year, finishing with eight kills and hitting .470, which is a great number. We continue to show signs of growth and understanding by making the right plays at times, but what’s hindering us is not making those plays consistently, and falling back into some of our bad/inexperienced habits showing through.”

The 6-5 Vikings were hosted by Newark Charter Saturday, Oct. 14, and dropped a heartbreaking 16-25, 15-25 and 22-25 match to the Patriots to move to .500 on the season.

“For the first time all year we missed no series, which is such a positive step for us. Three matches left all with important implications, which is an exciting feeling for this time of the year,” Coupe said.

Emerson Smith led the Vikings with 17 assists, while Emily Cook made 12 digs. Amalia Fruchtman led the Vikings at the net with seven kills, while Harper Mamele and Brielle Ross each had six.

The Vikings host Laurel Thursday, Oct. 19 for the Lady Vikings senior night. Game time is 5:15.


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