The Mariner Middle School volleyball team defeated Beacon 25-14 and 25-15 Oct. 28 at Cape’s gymnasium.
The real winner was Cape Henlopen School District, which will benefit from the combination of the two teams for the high school volleyball program in the future.
“This team is an amazing bunch, and I’m sad but proud to see my eighth-graders move on,” said Mariner coach Alison Botti. “Jules Souder led all players with aces, followed by Lily Joyce and Leah Sheridan. Ada Spells and Amelia Phelps both had a block. However, it’s the steady passing from all the players that makes this team so dangerous. Many of these players played CVC and some played for the Sand Sharks in the off-season, both of which helped to develop their skills. I had the pleasure of helping these girls grow beyond just our season, which is crucial in this sport. I can’t wait to see them continue their journey in the sport I love.”
“Always great to see the environment at the Mariner-Beacon match,” said Beacon coach Dion Lamb. “Mariner played a great game and served well. Our girls have come a long way this year, but definitely had a bit of stage fright playing at the high school. One more match Wednesday against Sussex Academy. I’m looking forward to seeing the team play up to its full potential.”
The Beacon B team defeated Mariner 25-11.
Beacon dropped to 4-5 with one game remaining, while Mariner closed its season at 6-4.