Roundup: Seven downstate teams to compete in volleyball state tourney

Seven downstate squads have made the 24-team field for the DIAA volleyball state tournament that was determined on Sunday.

The tourney begins on Thursday evening with the top-eight squads receiving first-round byes.

Henlopen Conference champion Indian River (13-2), the No. 6 seed, and No. 8 Cape Henlopen (9-6) won’t play until Saturday’s second round.

On Thursday night, Caesar Rodney, Smyrna, Delaware Military and Red Lion Christian will all host first-round doubleheaders.

In first-round matches involving downstate schools, No. 16 Dover (11-4) faces No. 17 Caravel (7-8) at DMA at 5 p.m.; No. 12 Delmarva Christian (13-4) plays No. 21 Wilmington Charter (6-9) at Smyrna at 5 p.m. with No. 9 Smyrna (10-5) hosting No. 24 Wilmington Friends (10-6) in the second game; No. 19 Sussex Central (9-6) takes on No. 14 Appoquinimink (10-5) at CR at 5 p.m. with No. 10 CR (11-4) hosting No. 23 Dickinson (10-4) in the second game.

On Saturday, IR will play at 6 p.m. at Ursuline against the winner of the first-round match between No. 11 Red Lion (9-6) and No. 22 Newark (10-5). Cape will play at Newark Charter at 7 p.m. against the winner of the first-round match between Smyrna and Wilm. Friends.

Newark Charter (14-1) is the No. 1 seed. The quarterfinals are slated for Nov. 5.

College field hockey

Delaware 7, Drexel 0: Delmar High grad Ashlyn Carr tallied the first and last goals of the contest as the No. 12 Blue Hens (4-0 CAA, 12-3 overall) blanked the Dragons.

Carr now has nine goals this season for Delaware, which led 3-0 at halftime and out-shot Drexel, 25-5. Sophie Giezeman also scored twice for the Hens.

College field hockey

WOMEN, Delaware 3, UNCW 2: The Blue Hens won yet another overtime thriller to secure the second seed and a first-round bye in next week’s CAA Tournament.

Sophomore Sara D’Appolonia’s goal from just outside the top of the box in the 95th minute gave Delaware it’s program-record fifth OT victory of the year. It also gave the Hens their 12th win of the year, marking the most in a season since 1994.

Senior Dani Kabat and redshirt freshman Anna Diffendal scored the Hens’ first two goals.

The second seed in the CAA Tournament is Delaware’s highest finish ever. The Hens will host either third-seeded UNCW or sixth-seeded James Madison next Sunday afternoon at Grant Stadium.

College football

Wesley’s Peele wins third award: Wesley College receiver Ruhann Peele was named the Offensive Player of the Week in the New Jersey Athletic Conference for the third time this season.

The senior finished with 13 receptions for 153 yards in the Wolverines’ 20-17, overtime win over Montclair State on Saturday. He also had a pair of touchdown runs, including a one-yard run scoring run to win the contest in OT.

Peele leads the NJAC in both receptions per game (9.7) and receiving yards per game (130.9).

Riddick honored again: Woodbridge High grad Terrique Riddick, a freshman running back at William Paterson, was named the NJAC Offensive Rookie of the Week for the third time this year.

Riddick ran for a game-high 84 yards and a one-yard touchdown run on 13 carries in a 21-14 loss to Rowan. He also had two receptions.

Riddick currently leads the NJAC in rushing at 90.4 yards per game.

College basketball

Hens drop exhibition to PSU: Penn State put three players in double figures as the Nittany Lions defeated Delaware, 75-49, in a men’s basketball charity exhibition game on Sunday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Newcomer Nate Darling paced the Blue Hens with 25 points, draining three three-pointers and going 6-of-8 from the foul line. Darling, a transfer from UAB, scored 19 of UD’s 23 points in the opening half.

Delaware shot just 31.4 percent from the floor and went 6-of-24 from behind the arc. The Hens played without last year’s leading scorer, Ryan Allen, who sat out with a sprained ankle.

College soccer

MEN, Wesley 2, Marywood 1: Kaiden Fields scored the game-winner in the 53rd minute to lift the Wolverines (3-2 AEC, 9-6-1) to the conference win on Saturday night.

Fields scored both goals for Wesley, which got four saves from goalie Jason Sommer.

College volleyball

Delaware 3, Charleston 1: The Blue Hens snapped a five-match losing streak behind freshman Ayala Plummer’s double-double to complete the season sweep of Charleston 25-23, 14-25, 25-18, 28-26.

It was the first double-double in Plummer’s young career with 12 kills and 11 blocks, the most rejections by a Delaware freshman since Paige Erickson had 12 in 2007.

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