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Stephen Decatur volleyball team tops Worcester

(Sept. 19, 2014) Stephen Decatur and the Worcester Prep Lady Mallards met on the Seahawks’ volleyball court in Berlin Monday for competition.

The first game was a back-and-fourth battle, but Decatur, a public school of the Bayside Conference, came out on top, 25-21, over Worcester, a private school that participates in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference.

The second game was also close, but the Seahawks took it, 25-18. Decatur maintained a steady lead in the third game and went on to win, 25-14.

Since Decatur had its schedule set for this season with conference opponents, the match counted as a scrimmage for the Seahawks. Worcester had a spot open for Decatur on its schedule so it counted as a regular-season match for the Mallards.

“The scrimmage came at a perfect time because we had an injury in our last game…we had to do a lot of flipping around so this was really good practice for them to try out their new positions,” said Decatur Coach Sarah Purnell. Junior Hannah Saulsbury tore a ligament in her ankle last Thursday during Decatur’s game against Kent Island.

“I think that they still have a little bit to work on. They need to get used to their new positions,” Purnell said. “I thought their passing was a lot better, their setting looked good and when that happens then we usually get good kills.”

Decatur senior captain Hannah Adkins had five kills. Marina Jones, a senior, contributed with three kills and two blocks. Senior setter Haley Trice tallied 11 assists.

For Worcester, junior Bridget Brown logged 12 digs, four kills, one block and an ace. Setter Cecily Sass, a senior captain, had three kills, nine digs and five assists. Senior captain Mattie Maull chipped in with 10 digs, six kills and two blocks.

“The first game was definitely our best game. I always say volleyball’s a game of momentum and a couple times we got a lot of momentum,” said Prep Coach Kristin Jehle. “We had a few lulls in the second and third games where Decatur had the momentum and we weren’t talking and communicating like we’re supposed to. We just had a couple little errors here and there…I saw some good things, but there’s definitely things we can work on like getting off the net for free balls and communicating, but every time I watch them play they’re getting better and better.”

The Mallards next match is today, Friday, against Salisbury Christian at 4 p.m. in Berlin.

The Seahawks have an away game on Tuesday at 4 p.m. against North Dorchester.


Worcester Prep sophomore Amy Lizas (11) and senior captain Mattie Maull attempt to block Stephen Decatur senior captain Hannah Adkins’ hit during Monday’s competition.

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