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Mallards’ serves on point, tally 22 aces during match

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Sep 14, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Worcester Prep junior Hailey Merritt sets the ball during Tuesday’s match against Seaford in Berlin. Worcester won 25-4, 25-17 and 25-8.

(Sept. 15, 2017) The Worcester Prep volleyball team passed, set and hit its way to a three-game victory over the Seaford Blue Jays on Tuesday in Berlin.

“I think they did very well. It was a really strong game for them. I was happy with their performance,” Prep Coach Keith Donoway said. “Since our first match [on Aug. 30], we’ve spent a lot of time on getting consistent with our serving and on the first pass, and it’s worked really well.

“Our focus is on first contact every rally, whether we start it with the serve or we pass the ball on our opponent’s serve,” he added.

The Lady Mallards outscored the Blue Jays 25-4 in the first game. Senior captain Camryn Sofronski’s kill finished it.

Junior Hannah Merritt put the ball down to make it 24-17, then served an ace and Worcester won the second game 25-17. The Mallards topped their opponent 25-8 in the third game.

Donoway was pleased with his players’ serving. The girls only missed four serves and recorded 22 aces during the match.

“Last year we were lucky if we had only four [missed serves] in one game,” Donoway said. “They set the bar for themselves for the season. I’ll be glad if we can have more games like that.”

Senior Stevie Eppard-Annis had 11 aces and two kills. Senior Leigh Menendez tallied four aces. Sophia Bandorick, a senior, chipped in with three aces and three kills. Sofronski added seven kills and two aces.

Senior captain Caroline Pasquariello, the team’s defensive specialist, recorded eight digs.

“She did a great job getting digs and she had good passes to the setters,” Donoway said.

The Salisbury Christian Jaguars will come to Berlin today, Friday, to play Worcester at 4 p.m. The Mallards will host the Delmarva Christian Royals on Monday at 5:15 p.m.

Donoway said the key to success will be serving and passing.

“We have some good hitters,” he said. “We need to make sure they get sets, which means we need good passes.”

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