The fifth-seeded Delmarva Christian volleyball team fell 3-1 to Newark Charter in a second-round matchup Nov. 3 at Charter School of Wilmington. Twelfth-seeded Newark Charter had defeated St. Elizabeth 3-0 in the opening round while the Royals had a bye.
Junior Ashlyn Stonebraker led the Royals with 25 assists in the match. Senior Louisa Re slammed 13 kills, while Hannah Picconi and Mia Berger tallied six and five kills respectively and both bumped six digs. Siera Jones scored seven digs.
“Newark Charter played a great game,” said Royals head coach Jim Berger. “I felt we were evenly matched in a lot of ways. But they controlled the first touch much better than us, and it proved to be the difference in the match.”
“I believe this season has been an absolute success,” said senior Hannah Picconi. “Each girl on the team was important, and our unity was stronger than any other team I’ve played with. We had good games and not-so-good games, but we always bounced back to play as best we could. We are a team that never gave up, and I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to play with such a great group of girls. I’m also so happy to have had a coach like Coach Berger throughout my time at DCHS. He has definitely made me the player that I am now. This will be a season of volleyball that I will never forget.”
The seven Delmarva Christian seniors will graduate as three-time ESIAC Champions. Hannah Picconi, Rachel Mills, Sophia Dykstra, Louisa Re, Holly Baker, Claire Marshall and Siera Jones have had stellar careers as Royals.
“After graduating five starters from last year’s team, I could not ask for a better season,” said coach Berger. “We repeated as ESIAC champions and qualified for the DIAA tourney as the fifth seed for the second straight year. What I am most proud of is the character of our young ladies. We will miss our eight seniors, but I can’t wait to see how they use the gifts God has given them beyond the halls of Delmarva Christian.”