The Tower Hill volleyball team, by admission, is not a loud team.
They could’ve stayed a quiet team Tuesday. Their play said enough for them. Nevertheless, screams of joy could be heard from the Hillers’ bench at St. Mark’s on Tuesday, as No. 11-seed Tower Hill upended No. 3 Delaware Military Academy in straight sets to earn a berth in the DIAA semifinals on Thursday.
“We’re somewhat of a cerebral team, so to hear them cheer and be this excited, it’s something I’ve never experienced before,” Tower Hill coach Michael Sachs said.
“They are not normally a loud team at all. But they are a loud team tonight, and they should be proud of themselves.”
Both Sachs and DMA coach John Grossman said it was the best either had seen the Hillers play this year. They were dominant throughout, topping the Seahawks in a 25-10 first set, then going on to take the second and third sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-19, respectively.
“It’s good to see them do so well,” DMA coach John Grossman said. “They really handled my team.”
Grossman had connections on the other side of the court, as he coaches Haley Yatzus and Elizabeth Wuerstle in club ball. But for his team, it was a bittersweet moment.
“The fact that my team is so young gives us some excitement going forward,” Grossman said.
“We did some things that DMA hasn’t done before, like winning the conference and getting that top-four seed. That really gives us a lot of positives from this year. But right now, it doesn’t feel good to lose.”
This day belonged to the Hillers.
I never expected to play quite as well as we did,” Sachs said. “This is the best I’ve ever seen Tower Hill volleyball play. We’re unbelievably excited.”