Ocean City Today

Prep volleyball players show improvement

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Oct 26, 2017

(Oct. 27, 2017) The Worcester Prep volleyball team’s season came to an end with a loss to Delmarva Christian in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinals last Wednesday in Georgetown, Delaware.

“I knew it would be a tough one to win,” Prep Coach Keith Donoway said. “The girls started very slow and the [first] game didn’t become competitive until they already had about 12 points on us. The other games had better play each time.”

Delmarva Christian won 25-8, 25-10 and 25-14.

Prep defensive specialist, senior captain Caroline Pasquariello, received All-ESIAC honors. Senior Stevie Eppard-Annis earned honorable mention accolades.

Worcester went 4-9 this year. The Lady Mallards played most teams twice and Donoway said he saw improvement from the first match to the second.

Overall, Donoway was pleased with the season. This was his third year coaching the squad.

“Over the three years they’ve definitely shown lots of growth. Each season we had a little better record and we took games from teams we haven’t before,” Donoway said. “It was the first time I came in and had to build up a program when I started. I taught them a new system to play. We started from the ground up.”

His roster this year consisted of nine seniors and three juniors. He developed a good rapport with all of the players, he said.

“They’re a great group of girls. They have great personalities and they were receptive to constructive feedback,” Donoway said. “I’ve had a blast.”

Most of the seniors have been on the team since Donoway started.

“They’ve been a really fun group to work with,” he said. “I’ve coached different sports and different teams over 10 years now and this group will probably be the one I get a little teary-eyed, which is not something I normally do.”

Donoway said assuming the three juniors return next year, graduating nine, there will be a number of spots to fill. There are some talented players on the JV squad who will move up to varsity next year. He encourages players who didn’t make the teams this year to try out next season as well as newcomers.

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