The Smyrna high school volleyball team blanked Delmarva Christian 3-0 Wednesday afternoon in a home match for the Lady Eagles fourth consecutive victory.
The Smyrna Lady Eagles volleyball remains on a roll, defeating Delmarva Christian High School 3-0 Wednesday afternoon at home. “We covered the court well today, and we played our angles very well,” said Smyrna coach Danny Wandless. “We also had good communication on the court, which is always very important,” he said. The 7-3 Lady Eagles have won four consecutive matches, all in straight sets. The Lady Royals, meanwhile, are working through a rebuilding year. They currently have a 2-9 record, but have split their last four matches. Last year, Delmarva had an 11-4 record and made the DIAA state volleyball tournament. In the first set, the Royals served first, and built a 4-2 lead, but the Eagles got control at 10-8 and eventually moved out to an 18-12 advantage. The Royals then managed to get within 19-16, but a Raven Luckett spike gave Smyrna the momentum to finish the first set at 25-17. The Eagles controlled the second set from the outset. After establishing an 8-6 lead, Smyrna then dominated play from that point, moving from a 14-8 lead, and they continued to play well and move the score to 20-9 behind the play of Morgan Popovich, Kylie McKusker and Hannah Boyles. The Eagles finished the set with a 25-14 score. In the third set, the Royals played well and led in the early going 7-3, but the Eagles soon reversed the momentum. After tying the score at 7-7, the Smyrna squad continued to play well, moving from a 12-11 lead, then a 16-11 lead before closing out the third set, and the match, at 25-17. “We're getting more comfortable playing together during the season,” said Wandless. “Our defense end is playing well, and a good defense allows for a good offense, and we're doing a good job putting our shots away,” he said. The Eagles are back in action Thursday, hosting Delmar at 5 p.m.