The Dover Senators volleyball team ran into a buzz-saw Thursday night in dropping a 3-0 decision to Smyrna on the Lady Eagles Senior Night. The loss evened Dover's record at 6-6, and broke the team's four-game winning streak.
The Senators came out with emotion and enthusiasm, but were unable to keep up with a red-hot Eagles team.
The 10-3 Smyrna volleyball team has now won five matches in a row, and all in three sets.
Dover coach Ann Flocco said she was proud of her team despite the loss. "We came out very aggressive at the net, and that's what we wanted to do. We have good height, and we wanted to utilize the height advantage, but we are still a young team and we made some mistakes at the net," she said.
Smyrna started out a little slow in the first set, no doubt carrying the emotions of honoring the senior players on the team prior to the start of the match.
After the game was tied at 4-4, Smyrna took over the set, building a 10-4 lead, a 19-10 lead, then wrapped up the first set by the score of 25-19. The Senators had a small run towards the end of the set, but couldn't contain Smyrna's quickness and court savvy.
The second set was similar, in that Smyrna started out slowly in building a 7-4 lead, then went on a roll by increasing the advantage to 17-8 before Dover called a time out. But Smyrna kept their advantage and finished the second set with a dominating 25-9 score.
The third and final set was all Smyrna, as the Eagles built an 8-0 advantage before the Senators could get on the board. The Eagle lead increase from 14-2 to 16-3 before Dover went on a nice run and closed the gap to 16-8. The Senators played well, trading points down the stretch, but Smyrna prevailed 25-15.
The Lady Senators have a very busy week this week, as they play at Delmar on Tuesday, then host Woodbridge on Wednesday, and wrap up the regular season on Thursday at home against Caesar Rodney. All three matched begin at 5 p.m.