Local roundup: Riders advance in volleyball tourney

Caesar Rodney High knocked off Dickinson High in straight sets, 3-0, in the first round of the DIAA state volleyball tournament on Thursday night.

The Riders, seeded 10th, advanced to play No. 7 Conrad on Saturday at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s. Conrad was one of eight teams to have a first-round bye in the 24-team tournament.

Caesar Rodney improved to 12-4 overall with the win.

It is the first time the Riders won a tournament game since the 2016 season.

Wilmington Friends 3, Smyrna 2: The two teams went to a fifth set for the second time this season but this time it was Wilmington Friends who prevailed.

The 24th-seeded Quakers won the final five points to take the fifth set 15-11 in the first round of the state tournament. Smyrna, the No. 9 seed, ended its season at 10-7 overall.

Smyrna had defeated Wilmington Friends in five sets back on Oct. 2 in the regular season.

Wilmington Friends will now meet No. 8 Cape Henlopen in the second round Saturday at 7 p.m. at Newark Charter.

Appoquinimink 3, Sussex Central 0: The Golden Knights fell 25-7, 25-14, 25-22 in the first round to the tournament’s No. 14 seed.

Appoquinimink advanced to play the third seed Ursuline on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Ursuline.

Wilmington Charter 3, Delmarva Christian 0: The Royals dropped their first round matchup 25-18, 25-14, 25-15.

Boys’ soccer

Sussex Academy 2, St. Mark’s 0: Ryan Burke and Kyle Berdini each scored in the Seahawk victory.

Smyrna 0, Middletown 0: Shawn Mannering recorded five saves as the two teams settled for a tie.

Dover 1, Caravel 0: The Senators scored a first half goal to win their season finale.

Lake Forest 4, Red Lion Christian 0: The Spartans earned a victory in nonconference action on Thursday.

Field hockey

St. Thomas More 2, Glasgow 0: The Ravens won the final game of their season on Thursday.

Women’s soccer

Six Hens earn CAA honors: The Blue Hens received the most All-CAA awards in program history with six student-athletes being recognized. Junior Olivia Schuck became the first player in program history to earn a major conference award, being named the CAA Defensive Player of the Year.

Joining Schuck on the All-CAA First Team was sophomore forward Sara D’Appolonia, who scored a team-high six goals for the Blue Hens. Senior captain Jessica Kennett, along with sophomore keeper Kamryn Stablein and junior defender Maria Gentile, were all named to the All-CAA Second Team. Freshman Claudia Benz rounded out the honorees with a spot on the All-Rookie Team.

Schuck, Gentile and Stablein were part of a defensive unit that led the CAA in goals against average (0.83) and shutouts (9). The 0.80 goals against average is the lowest in 10 years for the Blue Hens and the fourth-lowest in program history.

In addition to her defensive prowess, Schuck played a critical role on set plays, scoring two goals, including the game-winner in a 1-0 defeat of Drexel.

D’Appolonia had a breakout season for the Blue Hens, leading the team in goals (6) and points (16). She also had three golden goal winners in the final five games to help Delaware secure the highest finish ever in dramatic fashion. In the final five games of the regular season, D’Appolonia had a hand in seven of the Blue Hens’ 10 goals.

Kennett was a stable in the middle for Delaware, serving as the defensive midfielder on a stout unit, while also logging a career-high two goals, and tied for the team lead with four assists. Her two penalty kick goals this year tied for the most-ever in a single-season by a Blue Hen.

Stablein was a standout in goal, playing over 1,600 minutes, logging 59 saves and guiding the way to nine shutouts on the year. Her .797 save percentage ranked tops in the CAA and her 0.83 GAA ranks among the top-25 in the country. In just two years, Stablein has 11 shutouts, which ranks fifth all-time in program history.

Benz, who played in all 18 games for the Blue Hens, scored two goals and was a sparkplug to Delaware’s midfield down the stretch.

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