Appoquinimink’s Taylor Modica (6) tries to get a hit past Delaware Military Academy’s Natalie Lavelle (10) and Sydney Fulton in Delaware Military Academy’s 3-1 win at Appoquinimink, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014.
Holding an eight-point lead in the third game with a two-set advantage, top-ranked Delaware Military Academy got caught in a bad rotation, allowing host Appoquinimink to surge ahead to win the frame and extend the match.
The Seahawks regained their composure and bounced back with a comfortable 12-point victory in the fourth set to take the match 3-1 (25-12, 25-16, 22-25, 25-13) over the Jaguars in a nonconference volleyball match on Wednesday.
“I think we just realized that we need to start focusing more, and that we had a bad rotation. It was really hard for us to side out,” DMA outside hitter Victoria Taylor said. “We just really got our heads back into the game and focused more on our points.”
The Seahawks (11-1) held a 9-7 lead in the third before an 11-5 burst gave them a lead of 20-12. Appoquinimink scored two of the next three points to cut its deficit to seven when Sarah Figgs stepped up to serve.
Figgs took control with six aces, helping the Jaguars scoring 10 straight points and take a 24-21 lead, and they held on for a 25-22 victory and extend the match.
“I definitely told them to stay positive and keep pushing through,” Appoquinimink coach Kelly Franklin said. “Sarah got a good run on her aces, and she was serving right on point. It kind of clicked for us there.”
DMA went back to what has worked for them throughout the season in the fourth set, using a strong serve to put pressure on Appoquinimink, building an early lead before closing an 11-1 run to win 25-13 to take the match.
“We just focused on playing steady ball, and we focused on the small things. When we execute that we’re the team we want to be,” Seahawks coach John Grossman said. “After that third game, we went back to what we do best and kept it rolling.”
The fourth set played out in a similar manner as the first two where the Jaguars (9-3) kept pace early before DMA would take control in the later stages.
The Seahawks trailed 8-7 in the opening frame before exploding for 12 straight points en route to a 25-12 win and followed that with a 25-16 victory in the second to take a 2-0 lead in the match. At the start and the end, DMA stayed relaxed and earned the win.
“We came into the gym knowing that we couldn’t overthink, and we just need to come in and play our game. We just did,” Taylor said.