The Delmarva Christian boys’ volleyball team is looking to improve on its 6-5 record of the 2019 season when the spring season finally begins.
The Royals are the longest-tenured team below the canal, having competed for four years. The Indian River team has competed three years, and the Cape squad is entering its first DIAA-sanctioned season.
“We want a state championship,” said Royals head coach Jim Berger, who also coaches the Lady Royals. “We have a good core of returning seniors who give us valuable experience. Two years ago we lost to Sallies in the championship game. Last year, we added several new players to the team. This year, we are returning five starters and are hopeful to return to the championship game. As one of the tallest teams in the state, our offense looks to be poised to do well. If our defense and serve-receive can improve, this should be a very special season for our seven seniors.”
They will have to compete against the downstate powerhouse Indians, who garnered the DIAA State Championship trophy in 2019. Other teams battling for volleyball dominance are Sallies, Conrad, Wilmington Charter, A.I. duPont, Saint Mark’s, Delaware Military Academy and Brandywine.
Three-year returners for the Royals are senior setter Seth Stevens and libero/outside hitter Wyatt Kwiatkowski. Second-year starters include middle hitter Chris Vonhof and sophomore hitter Zach Smith. All four were members of the ESIAC Championship basketball squad that made it to the quarterfinals of the DIAA tourney. Seniors Layton Rush, Noah Walton, Brayden Smith and Josh Azeltine round out the class of 2020.
Vonhof hits the tape at 6-foot-7, while Smith is 6-foot-5.
Along with the seniors and Smith are freshmen Evan Murray, Sam Wells and Sean Justice, and sophomores Chase Wilson, Gavin Catron and Michael Hart.
The Royals were set to open their 2020 campaign March 24 against Cape Henlopen, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the season will be delayed.