Nearing the midway point of the volleyball regular season, the Sussex Tech Lady Ravens have put themselves within striking distance of the state tournament.
However, even though they posted wins in four of their first seven matchups, there’s still work to be done.
Last season, the Lady Ravens finished just 4-11. With seven games to go, Tech has reached last year’s win total.
Sussex Tech head coach Carle Kling believes the team’s early success is due to the attitudes the players came with at the start of preseason.
“We’ve picked up where we left off from last year and even a little improved,” Kling said. “In past years, we have had to start fresh and rebuild in the preseason, but this year we are far ahead of where we were last year.”
Through seven games, the Lady Ravens have already navigated their way through some tough opponents, earning wins over Milford, Concord, Delmar and Woodbridge.
While they’ve dropped matchups against Lake Forest, Cape Henlopen and Caesar Rodney, there have been positives for the team throughout the first half of the year.
Tech has leaned heavily upon their leaders, Hayley Wilson, Kaylar Booros and McKenna Longo.
“These young ladies organize team bonding on their own time without being asked and are always asking for ways to help,” Kling said. “They continue to teach the younger girls and those that have switched to new positions. They’re also helping a lot with the JV girls when they have free time.”
While Wilson, Booros and Longo have gone above and beyond, the way in which they approach the game every day is what has impressed Kling the most.
“These ladies possess a relentless pursuit to improve their skills,” Kling said. “They bring their ‘A’ games to practice every day and take every criticism and critique to heart and apply it almost immediately to their game.”
With strong leadership and a young and improving core, the Lady Ravens now prepare for games against Polytech, Sussex Academy, Sussex Central, Seaford, Smyrna, Dover and Indian River.
One major factor in Tech’s turnaround is that they’re having fun each and every time they step onto the court, something Kling believes will continue.
“The girls already seem to be jelling really well and there have been too many laughs to even count,” Kling said.
The Lady Ravens are back in action this week, hosting Polytech Thursday at 5:30 p.m.