It’s always good to have options, and Catherine Mooney and Jessica Fyock had plenty of them Saturday.
The two setters combined to dish 27 assists, and five Concord players had at least three kills as the 10th-seeded Raiders rolled past No. 7 A.I. du Pont 3-0 in the opening round of the DIAA Volleyball Tournament at Archmere. The game scores were 25-13, 25-16 and 25-13.
“It’s just the best feeling to have some of the best hitters in the state,” Fyock said. “… I know I can set anyone on the team and they will be able to put it down. That’s a great feeling.”
Concord (13-3), which reached the state semifinals last season, will try to do it again with a quarterfinal matchup against second-seeded Archmere at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mark’s.
“I think we played really well,” the Raiders’ Abbie Dischert said. “We played as a team, and we’ve practiced to get to this point and then to beat A.I. We want to go far. We want to go really far.”
Dischert led the way for Concord with 12 kills, but she had plenty of help. Emily Panchak added eight kills, Anna Spartz had seven, Kate Davis chipped in four and Lexi Portincasa contributed three. That made it easy for Mooney to rack up 15 assists and Fyock to add 12.
“It’s really just about the pass, and wherever the pass goes is where I set,” Fyock said. “But if someone is on fire you keep hammering them, because they’re obviously going to put it down.”
Concord defeated Blue Hen Flight A rival A.I. du Pont 3-0 during the regular season on Oct. 9, and it was no different this time. The Tigers (12-4) got 10 kills and 16 digs from Sydney MacDonald, six kills and 16 digs from Courtney MacDonald, 20 digs from Sarah O’Connor and 20 assists from Kaeleigh Kulko.
“Concord is a great team. We expected a tough match, for sure,” A.I. coach James Phillips said. “I’m very proud of our girls. They played their hearts out, and that’s all you can ask.”