There’s no shame in losing to the Yorktown volleyball team, as Wapahani did Tuesday night in three sets. In the locker room after the match, Raiders coach Jared Richardson told his team — ranked No. 1 in Class 2A — that it could see the top team in 3A again.
Next month’s Delaware County Tournament draw took place Tuesday, and host Wapahani received a bye into the semifinals, where it’ll face either Yorktown (9-0) or Cowan (5-5). Delta (7-2) and Daleville (3-3) open play in the other quarterfinal, with the winner meeting Wes-Del (5-1).
“I told the girls that I think we’ll see (Yorktown) again, so it’s motivation for them,” Richardson said. “That really pushes the team the rest of the season, so in all reality, this loss could help them.”
Complicating matters for the Raiders — at least in the short term — is the health of star Skyler Van Note, who hurt her ankle in the first set against Yorktown. Richardson joked after the match that he didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn last night, but he thinks Van Note could miss several weeks. That opens the door for players like freshman Sarah Orne, who paced Wapahani with six kills.
Cowan searching for consistency
Cowan may not have beaten Central on Tuesday night, but there were a lot of positives for the Blackhawks to take away — like being a Class A school and taking a set off a 4A school (and a talented one, at that). Now it’s a matter of sustaining that under first-year coach Whitney Stewart.
“Delaware County is obviously stacked, but a lot of those schools are 3A and 4A,” Stewart said. “So if we can hold our own with them, that bodes well for us.
“We need to make attainable goals. That was it last night, take one set. Our girls took care of business, and they were ready to do what was needed to win. I think it really helped. The next goal is to be able to stay at that level all the time, not just when there’s a big crowd and good atmosphere.”
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Thursday’s ECI Volleyball Schedule
•Winchester at Union County, 7:30 p.m.
•Daleville at Elwood, 7:30 p.m.
•Monroe Central at Cowan, 7:30 p.m.
•Jay County at Wapahani, 7:30 p.m.
•Blue River at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 p.m.
•Shenandoah at New Castle, 7:30 p.m.
•Anderson Prep at Burris, 7:30 p.m.
•Yorktown at Pendleton Heights, 7:30 p.m.
•Mount Vernon at Delta, 7:30 p.m.