Local roundup: Middletown tops Dover in volleyball

Middletown High won the first two sets before posting a 3-1 victory over Dover in a tightly-contested non-conference volleyball match on Monday evening.

The Cavaliers won by scores of 25-22, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23, to hand the Senators (8-2) just their second loss of the season.

Pacing Middletown (9-2) were Morgan Nolte (14 kills, 1 ace), Jaida Lumpkin (9 kills, 1 ace, 16 digs), Paula Guevara (6 kills, 1 ace, 14 digs) and Ashten Robino (2 aces, 39 assists).

Delmarva Christian 3, Sussex Tech 0: The Royals topped the Ravens, 25-12, 25-12, 25-21, to improve to 11-2.

Sarah Perdue had four kills and an ace, Nataleigh Hunter had two kills and five aces with Sydney West contributing 10 assists for Sussex Tech.

Archmere 3, First State Military 0: The Auks downed the Bulldogs by scores of 25-8, 25-6, 25-16.

Boys’ soccer

Delmarva Christian 3, Holly Grove Christian, Md. 0: The Royals improved to 5-5 with their third shutout of the season.

College soccer

MEN, Wesley 2, Gwynedd-Mercy 1: Justin John-Langba netted a pair of first-half goals to lead the Wolverines (2-0 AEC, 7-4-1 overall).
Jason Sommer made three saves for Wesley, which out-shot Gwyneded-Mercy, 42-4.

College football

Wesley’s Peele wins second NJAC award: Wesley College receiver Ruhann Peele was named the NJAC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Peele had nine catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in the Wolverines’ 21-20 win over Rowan on Saturday. He currently leads the NJAC in both receptions per game (9.5) and receiving yards per game (122.8).

College volleyball

Two Hens honored again by CAA: For the second time this season, both Delaware senior Maria Bellinger and freshman Ezgi Basaranlar were named CAA Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively.

The duo helped Delaware go 2-0 this past week with a sweep of Charleston at home before a four-set victory at James Madison, the Blue Hens’ first since 2011.

Bellinger collected 39 kills between the two matches, hitting .333 for the week. She made just one error, coming on her 48th attempt, with 19 kills in the sweep of Charleston.

She followed that with a double-double that included 20 kills and 10 digs to help the Blue Hens knock off CAA favorite JMU.

Basaranlar had a pair of 40-plus-assist performances. Against the Dukes, she put together a double-double with 41 assists and 10 digs after a 40-assist night vs. Charleston.

Pair of Hornets earn awards: Delaware State outside hitter Jordan Vang (Fr.) has been selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference top rookie for the second week in a row, while DSU’s Jelena Dukic (Jr.) has been recognized as the league’s most outstanding setter.

Vang tallied 33 kills on a .292 hitting percentage, to go along with 11 digs and five aces in two matches. She had a career-high 18 kills (.351 pct.) and also a personal best four aces in the Hornets’ 3-1 victory over Norfolk State.

She also recorded 15 kills, four aces and an ace vs. defending conference champ Howard.

Dukic tallied 83 assists and 21 digs in two matches. She had 50 assists, 10 digs and two aces in DSU’s win over Norfolk State, and tallied 33 assists and 11 digs two days earlier against Howard.

College equestrian

Hornets split events: The Delaware State equestrian team squeaked by UC Davis before falling to host Baylor at BU’s Willis Invitational this weekend.

The Hornets opened the competition with a victory over UC Davis that was determined by a series of tiebreakers. DSU came out ahead after the final calculations 1150.5 to 1119.5.

DSU won the Jumping Seat competition 5-3, while the Aggies were 5-3 winners in the Western rides.

Delaware State’s Erin Gordon was named Most Outstanding Performer in Fences after topping all competitors with a score of 78 aboard “Lucky Jack.” Zoe Kirsch was also a winner for the Hornets in Fences, while Gordon, Sydney Wicklund and Miranda Adcock posted victories for DSU on the Flat vs. UC Davis.

In the Western competition, Grace Wilson and Kylie Bond had winning rides in Reining, while Blayne Bell earned a point for the Hornets in Horsemanship.

Wicklund (Fences), Bell (Horsemanship) and Wilson (Reining) also posted victories in the Hornets’ 12-3 loss to No. 8 Baylor.

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