Seven area teams make high school volleyball state tournament

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

The top eight seeds in the tourney earn first-round byes when the tournament gets underway on Thursday evening.

Fifth-seeded Delmarva Christian (14-1) and seventh-seeded Indian River (14-1) both received opening-round byes.

In a first-round doubleheader on Thursday at Smyrna, No. 17 Cape Henlopen (10-5) faces No. 16 Delaware Military (7-6) at 6 p.m. with No. 9 Smyrna (10-5) taking on No. 24 Brandywine (11-4) in the second match.

In a twinbill at Tatnall, No. 14 Caesar Rodney (9-5) plays No. 19 Wilmington Friends (5-10) at 6 p.m. before No. 22 Lake Forest (11-4) squares off with No. 11 Tatnall (10-5) in the second match. Also on Thursday, No. 23 Sussex Academy (8-5) plays at No. 10 Red Lion Christian (10-5) at approximately 7 p.m.

In Saturday’s second round, Delmarva Christian (14-1) will play at St. Mark’s at 7 p.m. against the winner of the first-round match between No. 12 Conrad (10-5) and No. 21 Wilmington Christian (8-7).

Also on Saturday, Indian River will play at Tower Hill at 7 p.m. against the winner of the first-round match between Sussex Academy and Red Lion.

Unbeaten Padua (15-0) is the top seed.

Henlopen North champion Smyrna and South winner Indian River will square off in the Henlopen Conference championship match today at 6 p.m. at Woodbridge.

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The Blue Hens finished a perfect 6-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association for the second straight year with the win on Sunday.

The top-seeded Hens (13-4 overall) will take on the fourth-seeded Huskies (8-11, 3-3 CAA) again on Friday at 3 p.m. in the first round of the CAA Tournament, which is being played at Rullo Stadium in Newark.

William & Mary and James Madison will face off in Friday’s other semifinal at 6 p.m. Sunday’s championship game is slated for a 1 p.m.

Freshman Femke Strien registered the first multi-goal game of her career by posting the first two scores of Sunday’s contest. Junior Greta Nauck added her second straight game with two goals while senior Taylor Lister notched the other tally for the Blue Hens.

Senior Emmeline Oltmans logged five saves for the 60th win of her career.

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