Tech volleyball earns season-opening 3-0 win over Milford

GEORGETOWN — Last year, Sussex Tech’s volleyball program finished the regular season with a 10-5 record to earn the program’s first-ever DIAA playoff appearance.

Though the season ended with a 3-0 first-round playoff loss to Caesar Rodney, Tech is extra-motivated to make a return in 2017.

The squad showed this in a 3-0 season-opening victory over Milford Monday, Sept. 11.

“It felt great getting our first win and opening the season that way,” head coach Carle Kling said. “I felt really good about getting all of the girls in – we have a large varsity squad and all of our girls were able to play today.”

Tech handily won the first two sets of the Monday night match-up, 25-15 and 25-17. The third set, however, took a bit more effort to complete.

Trailing 19-13, Tech scored six straight points to knot the score 19-19. Tech would go on to finish the comeback with a 28-26 third set victory to complete the sweep of the Bucs.

I saw a lot of strength from some of our returning seniors. Our captains showed some strength in this last, tight game,” coach Kling said. “My captains – seniors Aliyah Browning and Megan Perdue – showed some great leadership in the end. Aliyah was serving for the last two points and Megan had that run of six towards the end. So, they showed a lot of leadership in a tight match.”

Browning finished the match with three kills and three aces, while Perdue collected three kills and 11 aces.

“I think we all came out with really good attitudes and we all were much more hyped up then we were last year,” said Perdue following the win. “I think that helped us get the win.”

“I feel like we have much better team chemistry than we have had in the past,” Browning added. “We all get along very well, work really hard and we all have the same goals and motivation. I think that’s a big part of this year’s team, is we all have the same end goal in mind.”

That end goal she’s referring to? Return to the DIAA playoffs and make some noise.

Tech will hit the road for three consecutive away games at Concord (Thursday, Sept. 14), Delmarva Christian (Tuesday, Sept 19) and Woodbridge (Tuesday, Sept. 26).

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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