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90 o CAPE GAZETI'E, Friday, Sept. 22 - sept. 28, 2000 Cape volleyball off to 0-3 start By Dave Frederick The visiting Caesar Rodney Riders volley- ball team found themselves in an unexpected dogfight last Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 19, in Cape's Little Big House trailing winless Cape 6-1 in the first game in a best of three match. "We are capable of playing great and we had them on the run, "said Cape coach Nick Del- Campo. Cape's Amber Smith bumps a pass to a teammate during last week's loss to Caesar Rodney. "We tell the kids three things: keep their eyes on the bail, always be ready and to talk. We didn't do a good job communicating and it cost us three points in the first game." The Riders came back scoring six straight points off of serve to take a 7-6 lead. Valerie Wolfgang and Andrea Carey brought Cape back to 8-7, a highlight of the rally being a monster block at the net by sophomore Toni Jones playing in her first varsity season. "I thought at any time Cape could take the game over," said veteran CR coach Cindy Sav- age. "My kids were pretty dead today. We were just inconsistent all afternoon." Cape came back to tie the game at 12 on a well-placed backwards, two-handed over-the- head shot into dead space by Toni Jones, but CR ran off the last three points to win game one. Cape players Jen Mickel, Jen Carter, Valeria Wolfgang, Anne Funk, Andrea Carey, Chris- tine Williams and Amber Smith all played well for Cape in game one, taking the Riders back and forth over the net with some long rallies. The Riders exploded in game two, jumping Cape like a teacher on a piece of cheese toast, scoring eight straight points before cruising home for a 15-10 game victory which sewed up the match. "The schedule is favorable for us over the next two weeks so maybe wecan pick up some wins," said Delcampo. "We have talent - we just have to play more consistently. Andrea Carey led Cape with eight kills fol- lowed by Toni Jones and Amber Smith with three each. Jen Carter had four perfect passes and three digs. Next up for the Vikings was Sussex Central. Dan Cook photos Amber Smith gets ready to launch a serve to her Rider opponents. The Vikings are still looking for their first win of the season. Cape Region Athletes Of The Week ALEX HENSE The senior football player came of age Friday night in a 14-0 victory over Arch- mere. And Alex is still but 16 years old. "I had my hands on the quarterback a couple to times but just missed him,  Hense said. True, true but Alex graduated from playing defensive end i0 be- ing a defensive end. "Alex has a lot of varsity experi- ence in football and lacrosse and I expect him to have a big year for us," said coach Brian Donahue. Hense also plays special teams. ANDREA CAREY This broad-shouldered and athletic sophomore is a solid player for the Cape Henlopen volleyball team. Andrea is proficient in all facets of the game from digs to kills to aces off of her serve. Last Tuesday against Caesar Rodney, Andrea led the team with 8 kills, 3 blocks, 5 digs and 3 perfect passes. Sophomore Carey, along with classmates Toni Jones and Jen Carter, will be counted on to take Cape volleyball to the next level. ERIC SIRMAN "Big Daddf' just turned 17 the same day his coach turned 40. Sirman plays left offensive tackle and defen- sive line for the Cape foot- ball team and the senior has worked himself into a lean, mean fighting machine at 6- foot-2-inches and 245 pounds of quickness. "Eric also plays special teams,  said coach Brian Donahue. "He has become such a consis- tent and solid player that it's easy for teammates to forget how good a lineman Eric has become.  MEGAN DEAN This senior honor student is one good reason that the Viking hockey squad has al- lowed just one goal in the past three games and outscored opponents by a 19-1 margin. From her half- back position, Megan helped keep the Spartans well out- side the scoring circle, exe- cuting quick passes to Viking midfielders and for- wards who kept the Cape of- fense humming. People Continued from page 87 Penn State is playing they're the first team I'd put on the schedule. SNIPPETS - Charlie O'Donnell has resigned as the Seaford boys basketball coach. Former Indian River boys coach Pat Kelly has left after a brief stay as Indian River girls coach to become an as- sistant boys coach at Delmar. Newly appointed Cape coach Jer- ry Peden will bring back Tony Sposato as a varsity assistant. Cape's open gym program has un- covered lots of talent which is both good and bad news. The good is obvious. The bad is that some pretty good players are go- ing to be cut! And Peden never has been a coach to use a deep bench. Hey, that's two bad! What's up with 123-pound weightlifters with short arms snatching 357 pounds off the floor and over their heads in one explo- sive motion'? What is that? And what useful purpose would it ever serve.'? And how about 30-year-old Mike Niell, a former Seaford player, blasting a 13th inning homerun to win a game for the Americans. Who is the fastest man ever to run for Cape? Ricky Pitts, 1986 Division I state champion in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes. CR graduate Janice Savage is playing fall softball for Georgia Southern University and is listed as a pitcher. Georgia Southern opens the fall season on the road at Florida State. Cape cross country and track di- visional assignments will be an- nounced after the September 30 unit and enrollment counts, but it is expected that the Vikings will move up to Division I because of a high school that is bulging at the bricks. Speaking of bulging, I'm off to Wawa for a breakfast sandwich. Go on now, git! I Warriorssplit twinbill with Cockeyvflle team The Southern Delaware War- riors took on the Cockeysville (Md.) Cardinals at their home field in Millsboro on Sept. 17 for a doubleheader. The Cardinals took the first game 6-2, The losing pitcher for the War- riors was John Hoffer, who pitched a complete game and had seven strikeouts. Dave Russell went 2-for-3 for the Warriors, in- cluding a double. In the second game, pitchers Chris White and Brandon Mc- Cabe combined for an 8-6 Warrior win. Dan Cleary had a 2-RBI dou- ble and Chase Korneman and Jer- ry Wells added RBI singles. Travis Layton had a single shot home run. The next doubleheader is sched- uled for 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23 at Millsboro Little League against Sussex West.