Roundup: Eight downstate teams in volleyball state tournament

Eight downstate teams made the 24-team field for the DIAA volleyball state tournament that was announced late Saturday night.

Smyrna High and Delmarva Christian both earned first-round byes.

Delmarva Christian is seeded fifth and will face the winner of No. 12 Newark Charter vs. No. 21 St. Elizabeth on Saturday, Nov. 3. The time and place for that second round matchup has yet to be determined.

Smyrna is the seventh seed. The Henlopen Conference champions will play either No. 10 St. Marks or No. 23 Caravel. That second round matchup is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3 and will be hosted by Archmere Academy.

Caesar Rodney High is the ninth seed and hosts St. Georges, the 24th seed, in a first-round contest on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Cape Henlopen is seeded 16th and will face No. 17 Dover on Thursday at 6 p.m. That contest will be played at Caesar Rodney as the first game of a doubleheader.

St. Thomas More earned the 19th seed and meets No. 14 Red Lion Christian Academy in Thursday’s first round at 7 p.m., hosted by Tower Hill.

Indian River is seeded 15th. The Indians play Appoquinimink on Thursday at St. Mark’s in a 6 p.m. game.

Sussex Central rounds out the downstate squads in the tournament with the No. 22 seed. The Golden Knights take on Tower Hill, the 11th seed, at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Tower Hill.

College field hockey

Delaware 6, Hofstra 0: Senior Greta Nauck notched her fifth career hat trick and added two assists as the Blue Hens closed the regular season with a shutout win on Sunday.

No. 16 Delaware (12-6 overall) finished 6-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association for the third straight year.

Senior goalie Sydney Rhodes split time in the cage with freshmen Lizzie Gaebel and Becca Harbert in posting the Hens’ fifth shutout of the season.

College volleyball

Charleston 3, Delaware 1: Junior Maria Bellinger led the Blue Hens (3-9 CAA, 9-15 overall) with 26 kills on 59 swings in the loss.

Senior Brooke Robertson posted her second-best league kill total with 11 while junior Bailey Pearlman had 10. Sophomore Courtnie Roberts dished out 50 assists in four sets.

MDES 3, Delaware State 1: MDES won the first two sets, 25-13 and 25-17, before the Hornets stayed alive in the match with a 25-18 victory in set three. The Hawks bounced back to take set four 25-17.

Mayah Ngundam and Caroline Rakoski led Delaware State (0-6 MEAC, 2-23 overall) with nine kills each. Milexa Cardona topped the Hornets with 27 assists, while Nia Scott tied for match-high honors with 11 digs.

College soccer

MEN, Delaware 2, Northeastern 1: The Blue Hens scored two early goals and held off a Northeastern charge in the final minutes on Saturday night.

Delaware (5-9-1, 4-3-1 CAA) has secured the fourth seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament, and will host a quarterfinal match next Saturday. The Blue Hens will take on the fifth seed, which will be either William & Mary or Northeastern.

Delaware wasted little time in taking the lead, as Soren Frost collected a header from Ryan Mertz and scored from six yards out just 3:27 into the contest. A little over eight minutes later, John Schroeder sent a long ball toward the left side of the net, which was headed in by Timo Hummrich from eight yards out.

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