Video, story & photos -- In a battle of two of the top teams in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division, the Eagles overcame an early Dover lead in the first set and then cruised to the 3-0 win. The match was also a "Be Bold, Go Gold" event sponsored by the Smyrna High Letterman's Club to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer.
The Smyrna High School volleyball team improved to 4-3 with a 3-0 home win over Dover Wednesday during the "Be Bold, Go Gold" match for childhood cancer awareness.
Before the match, guest speakers from Kay's Kamp, a summer camp in Middletown for kids with cancer, told the players and spectators about the camp. Camp Director Dave Wessell talked about the programs the camp offers for about 60 campers each year, and 11-year-old camper Lilly Plocharz described what she likes most about the camp after attending this summer for the fifth time.
Along with accepting donations for Kay's Kamp during the match, the Smyrna High School Letterman's Club also sold tickets for a 50-50 drawing, won by Barbara Sterling, who donated the winnings back to Kay's Kamp.
The Senators entered the match with a 6-0 record and jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first set, causing Smyrna Coach Danny Wandless to call a timeout.
On the first point after the timeout, Kenley Cook's kill got Smyrna back on track, and the Eagles surged in front 9-8.
Then the Senators battled back. After trailing 11-8, they scored six straight points to take a 14-11 lead and extended the advantage to 20-13.
The Eagles chipped away at the lead, closing to within one point at 20-19 and then later tying the set at 22-22.
Then Smyrna won the next three points including one on a kill by Alexandra Faragher to win the set 25-22.
The Eagles used that momentum to roll to wins in the next two sets, 25-10 and 25-12.
In the individual statistical categories, the leaders for Smyrna were Sophia Basler with 12 kills, Hannah Osborne with six aces, Shelby Fedele with one block, Morgan Holman with eight digs and Osborne with 16 assists.
NEXT MATCHES: For Smyrna, Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Wilmington Friends, 5:15 p.m.
For Dover, Monday, Oct. 1, home vs. Middletown, 5 p.m.