The Delmarva Christian volleyball squad started out strong, taking a 13-point win in the first set over the Vikings, and never looked back, taking a 3-0 [25-12, 25-22, 25-16] victory at home.
“It was a real big win for us,” said Royals coach Jim Berger. “One of our strategies was to keep our unforced errors down. I think we won that battle tonight.”
Berger credited playing a tough preseason scrimmage weekend at Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pa.
“We played some really tough competition up there,” he said. “We had to speed up our eyes and speed up our communication because of how fast the ball was moving. I’m real proud of how the girls moved around the court tonight, and the way they talked was really great. This is probably the loudest teams I’ve had that are committed to communication.”
Delmarva Christian junior libero Grace Fettermnan, who hasn’t played since she was a freshman, led the Royals with 19 digs and an ace.
“Gracie is a great athlete,” said Berger. “All I can say is, wow.”
“I thought playing volleyball would be a fun experience,” said Fetterman. “Coach put me at libero [defensive specialist], and I’m trying my best to get used to it. I’m having a great time.”
“We all trust each other,’” said Royals senior setter Ashlyn Stonebraker, who had 19 assists in the match. “We all know who is going to get the ball. Our biggest thing is running plays when we get the chance. It gives us an advantage, because it gives them a different look and freezes their blockers. It was a big match for us.”
As the match brought smiles to the faces of the Royals, it brought frowns to the Vikings’ hopefuls.