Conrad upsets Cape, Wildcats top Tigers in DIAA action

Conrad upsets Cape, Wildcats top Tigers in DIAA action

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Conrad upsets Cape, Wildcats top Tigers in DIAA action

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Appoquinimink's #16 Emily Aniunas jumps up for a spike in their game against Delmar, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Appoquinimink’s #16 Emily Aniunas jumps up for a spike in their game against Delmar, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Appoquinimink's #16 Emily Aniunas jumps up for a spike in their game against Delmar, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Appoquinimink’s #16 Emily Aniunas jumps up for a spike in their game against Delmar, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Delmas's #22 Aizha Brown jumps up for a block in their game against Appoquinimink, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Delmas’s #22 Aizha Brown jumps up for a block in their game against Appoquinimink, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Delmas's #23 Carly Covington and teammate #32 Bashia Korten both go for the ball in their game against Appoquinimink, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Delmas’s #23 Carly Covington and teammate #32 Bashia Korten both go for the ball in their game against Appoquinimink, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Delmas's #23 Carly Covington with a bump hit in their game against Appoquinimink, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Delmas’s #23 Carly Covington with a bump hit in their game against Appoquinimink, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Appoquinimink's #6 Taylor Modica with a bump hit in their game against Delmar, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Appoquinimink’s #6 Taylor Modica with a bump hit in their game against Delmar, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Delmas's #2 Kelsie Hughes with a bump hit in their game against Appoquinimink, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Delmas’s #2 Kelsie Hughes with a bump hit in their game against Appoquinimink, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Delmas's #1 Samantha Lehman with a spike in their game against Appoquinimink, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Delmas’s #1 Samantha Lehman with a spike in their game against Appoquinimink, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Appoquinimink's #16 Emily Aniunas bumps the ball in their game against Delmar, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Appoquinimink’s #16 Emily Aniunas bumps the ball in their game against Delmar, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Appoquinimink's #16 Emily Aniunas jumps up for a spike in their game against Delmar, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Appoquinimink’s #16 Emily Aniunas jumps up for a spike in their game against Delmar, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Appoquinimink's #22 Hayley Hudson jump up for a block in their game against Delmar, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Appoquinimink’s #22 Hayley Hudson jump up for a block in their game against Delmar, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Delmas's #23 Carly Covington jumps up for a block in their game against Appoquinimink, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Delmas’s #23 Carly Covington jumps up for a block in their game against Appoquinimink, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Delmas's #23 Carly Covington with a spike in their game against Appoquinimink, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Delmas’s #23 Carly Covington with a spike in their game against Appoquinimink, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Delmas's #1 Samantha Lehman and teammate #10 Sara De Sousa jump up for a block in their game against Appoquinimink, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Delmas’s #1 Samantha Lehman and teammate #10 Sara De Sousa jump up for a block in their game against Appoquinimink, Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Conrad's #10 Amiya Rattley with a spike in the third game against Cape Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Conrad’s #10 Amiya Rattley with a spike in the third game against Cape Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Cape's #16 Isabelle Marsico with a bump in the second game against Conrad Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Cape’s #16 Isabelle Marsico with a bump in the second game against Conrad Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Conrad celebrates after winning the third and final game against Cape, advancing on to the second round of the state tournament.

Conrad celebrates after winning the third and final game against Cape, advancing on to the second round of the state tournament.

Cape's #24 Abigail E'Nama and #8 Taylor Collier jump up for the ball in the third game against Conrad Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Cape’s #24 Abigail E’Nama and #8 Taylor Collier jump up for the ball in the third game against Conrad Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Cape's #4 Kira Vitella with a bump set in the third game against Conrad Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Cape’s #4 Kira Vitella with a bump set in the third game against Conrad Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Cape's #7 Logan Shuttleworth with a spike in the second game against Conrad Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Cape’s #7 Logan Shuttleworth with a spike in the second game against Conrad Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Cape's #24 Abigail E'Nama with a spike in the second game against Conrad Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Cape’s #24 Abigail E’Nama with a spike in the second game against Conrad Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Cape's #6 Alison Palmer with a spike in the second game against Conrad Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Cape’s #6 Alison Palmer with a spike in the second game against Conrad Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Conrad's #10 Amiya Rattley with a spike in the first game against Cape Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Conrad’s #10 Amiya Rattley with a spike in the first game against Cape Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Conrad's #16 Aspen Morehead with a spike in the first game against Cape Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Conrad’s #16 Aspen Morehead with a spike in the first game against Cape Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Conrad's #7 Anna Phillips setting the ball in the first game against Cape Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Conrad’s #7 Anna Phillips setting the ball in the first game against Cape Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Conrad's #1 Lindsay Burg with a bump set in the first game against Cape Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Conrad’s #1 Lindsay Burg with a bump set in the first game against Cape Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Conrad's #10 Amiya Rattley with a spike in the first game against Cape Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Conrad’s #10 Amiya Rattley with a spike in the first game against Cape Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Cape's #6 Alison Palmer with a spike in the first game against Conrad Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Cape’s #6 Alison Palmer with a spike in the first game against Conrad Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Cape's #16 Isabelle Marsico with a spike in the first game against Conrad Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

Cape’s #16 Isabelle Marsico with a spike in the first game against Conrad Thursday night at Cape Henlopen High School.

LEWES – Conrad more than proved it belonged in the DIAA Volleyball Tournament on Thursday night.

The Redskins – the last team in the tournament as the 24th seed – erased an early deficit, settled down and swept all three sets from No. 9 Cape Henlopen to advance to the second round in their first postseason appearance.

“We’ve had some ups and downs,” Conrad coach Jen Skinner said. “End of the season, we kind of struggled a little bit, didn’t work as well as a team. Tonight we worked hard, and even though we got down we were able to step up and come back.”

The Redskins (9-7) got off to a rocky start, falling behind the Vikings 12-3 in the first set. But Conrad steadied the ship, started chipping away and pulled within 15-12 on a kill by Aspen Morehead.

The visitors took their first lead at 22-21 when Cape netted a return, and Morehead’s dink finished off a 25-22 win in the first set.

“We were all really nervous at first, and we weren’t playing that well,” Morehead said. “But we picked it up, and we powered through. We just supported each other.”

Conrad built a 19-13 lead in the second set, only to see the Vikings score the next four points. But the Redskins responded with their own 4-0 run, and Morehead ended the 25-22 win with a block.

The third set was close all the way, with the lead changing six times. Conrad setter Lindsay Burg, who finished with 18 assists, seven digs and five kills, surprised the Vikings with a perfectly placed tap for a 24-22 lead. Cape pulled within one on an Abigail E’Nama kill, but the Vikings netted a return on the final point to set off a wild Conrad celebration.

“I just like to keep the other team on their toes,” Burg said. “I like to use my options and see what I have on the court.”

Morehead chipped in 14 digs, eight kills and two blocks. Redskins libero Alyssa Faville – an eighth-grader – frustrated the Vikings’ offense with 28 digs.

The Redskins will meet No. 8 seed Polytech (10-5) in the second round at 7 p.m. Saturday at McKean. Cape Henlopen (13-3) got nine kills and seven digs from Alison Palmer, six kills and five digs from Taylor Collier and 30 assists from Logan Shuttleworth.

“We knew Conrad was better than a 24th seed,” Vikings coach Tyler Coupe said. “I tried to get our girls in the right place. Outside the first 10 points in the first set, Conrad played a really near-perfect game. They lowered their errors and put the pressure on us.”

Delmar 3, Appoquinimink 2

The second game featured the two closest seeds of the first round, and they were as evenly matched as expected.

Henlopen South champion Delmar, the 16th seed, won the first two sets by identical 25-21 scores. But 17th-seeded Appoquinimink rallied in the next two sets, winning 26-24 and 25-17. Then the Wildcats survived three match points in the fifth set and rallied for an 18-16 victory.

“Excitement just rushed through my body like I’ve never felt,” said Delmar’s Avery Wheatley, who ended a long night with her 14th kill.

The Wildcats (11-6) earned the first DIAA tournament victory in school history and advanced to a second-round matchup against top-seeded Delaware Military Academy (16-0) at 6 p.m. Saturday at McKean.

“I think we felt we had the game won already after the first two sets,” Wheatley said. “We played a little bit sloppy, and then we told ourselves we needed to get it together.”

Wheatley added 13 digs for the Wildcats, while teammate Carly Covington finished with 14 kills, 14 digs and an overwhelming 10 aces.

Appoquinimink (10-6) led 14-11 in the fifth set, but couldn’t finish it off. The Jaguars got 15 kills from Taylor Modica, nine kills and nine digs from Brooke Miller and 31 assists, nine digs, five kills and five aces from Caelan Brooks.

“They fought hard. They put their whole heart and soul into it, and we talked about that before we actually came to play,” Appo coach Brandi Anderson said of her team. “I told them to leave it on the court, and they left it on the court. They gave everything they had.”

Contact Brad Myers at bmyers@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter: @BradMyersTNJ

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