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82 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 25 - October 1, 1998 Late-game heroics save Cape volleyball from bite-in-butt loss By Dave Frederick Coach Nick DelCampo was ready to take the blame for Cape volleyball's near disastrous three- game loss to a Middletown team that didn't win a game last year. "I took them lightly and made some stupid moves and it almost came back and bit me," coach DelCam- po said. 'q'hank God Sarah Rawl- ins was getting her serve in when we were trailing 13-8 or we would have lost. Give Middletown cred- it. They smelled the upset and went after it. They looked like a completely different team than they did in, the first game." Cape completely dominated game one, behind front line play- ers Jessica Witherspoon, Sagita Cahoon, Lindsay Barkauski, Tiffany Morris, Rawlins, Briton Nelson, Synthya Whitaker, Jen Forte, Amber Smith and Julie Parseghian, jumping to a 9-0 ad- vantage and winning 15-5 in a game that really wasn't that close. Bob Bolen photo Cape volleyball coach Nick DelCampo works with his team on some digging maneuvers. q2ape Relgion Athletes Of The Week SANDY PARKS The 1989 Cape graduate turned in a satisfying perfor- mance last Saturday at the Sea Colony Triathlon, com- pleting the grueling three events - 1.5K swim, 36K bike and 10K run in 3 hours 2 minutes. Sandy improved her full distance triathlon time by 31 minutes. "I love the training and competing,  said the research biologist. "I do this for myself. I'm not that serious when you con- sider I do the bike portion on a mountain bike." DEAN POPOVICH The freshman cross-coun- try runner ran in the JV race at last Saturday's Lake Forest Invitational and sur- prised his coach and imme- diate family by turning in a personal record 20 minutes 24 seconds for the 3.1-mile course. Popovich placed fifth in the JV B race and may soon move up to the varsity level. Dean's older brother, Mike, ran for Cape; his sister Sarah is on the girl's team and mother Cindy is an assistant coaeh. SARAH RAWLINS The senior volleyball play- er took serve with Cape trailing underdog Middle- town, 13-8, in the final game and her hard overhand serve brought Cape back to deuce with five straight points as the Vikings went on to win the game, 16-14, and the match two games to one. uI was never nervous at all,  Rawlins smiled after the game. "We needed Sarah to just make good serves to give us a chance and she did just that," said coach Nick DeICampo. "We kind of gave them the sec- ond game (6-15) figuring we would just come back and win but then they got the jump on us in the last game (2-6) and we were in a battle," said Cape's Witherspoon. Trailing 8-3, Morris' serving got Cape back in contention as the Vikings closed to 6-8. But the nightmare at the net con- tinued as Middletown crept away to a 13-8 lead in spite of some great and crucial hits from Amber Smith and Cahoon. "The game could have been over but different players kept Middletown from making the big play," DelCampo said. After the Vikings tied at 13 off the Rawlins serve, Middletown won side-out and the next point to serve for the game at 14-13. After winning side-out following a long and tense rally, Smith had a crucial set off a dig by Witherspoon and Cahoon, who was instructed by her coaches to just get the ball over the net. smashed the ball into an open area to tie the game at 14. Cahoon followed with another spike as Cape led 15-14 with Smith serving for the match. A long rally, with Middletown desperate for a point, fell short for the upset-minded Cavaliers as Cape escaped with a come-from- behind victory. 'q'hat's the first time since I've been coaching volleyball here that we came from behind in the third game to win a match," DelCampo said. Cape defeated Sussex Central last Saturday and the girls are now 3-1 on the season. TOM SHEEHAN The "Mad Stork  delivered twins Friday night scoring a pair of touchdowns from Johnny Howard-passes in Cape's 54-0 victory over Mil- ford. Sheehan hauled in a 12- yarder in heavy traffic and later caught a 43-yard strike over the outside shoulder for a touchdown. "Tom im- proves every day and he can be a heck of a weapon for us,  said coach Brian Don- ahue. Sheehan also starts at the defensive end position and contributed to Friday's shutout. People00 Continued from page 81 cy desserts, overruling Bill who wanted to serve Tastycake Crimpets, Peanut Butter Tandy Cakes and Coconut Juniors. SNIPPETS - Bob Moore and Jeff Plummer, accompanied by su- per spotter Johnny Morris of The Firm health club, will travel to Cleveland this weekend to com- pete in the National Bench Press championships. Both Bob and Jeff are expected to bring national hon- ors back to the beach communi- ty... Larry Oliver is playing varsity football for Division III Wesley Col- lege and has been rotating in at the de- fensive tackle position... Cape coaches feel Elijah Worthy is a OLIVER Division 1AA- caliber back that would fit in nicely at the University of Delaware... The Boardwalk was crowded with NASCAR T-shirts Sunday night, some of which dis: played more advertising that an entire stockcar. And lots of tatoos with daggers and blood, but that's just the women... Robin Adair, the Cape hockey player and Tower Hill coach who played on a na- tional championship team while at Salisbury State, will be inducted into the Sea Gulls' athletic hall of fame sometime in October... Rip- kin took ldmself out of the lineup in the last home game against the Yankee's as the Bronx Bombers stood on the top steps of the dugout and tipped their hats while applauding. Cal just didn't want to hear it all summer and now he'll be in the lineup only because he belongs there... The baseball play- offs really begin this weekend with the Mets in Atlanta and the Cubs in Houston, with the Mets and Cubs tied in the wild card standings: Steelers, Redskins, Ravens and Eagles all losers. I've become a Jaguars fan because it's the only pro hat that fits my pro head. And you know what they say. "Big Head...Big Fred!" Go on now, git! Owens soccer team falls to sister campus Delaware Technical & Com- munity College, Owens campus, lost to the Stanton campus by a score of 9-1, with Roadrunner Je- remy Hurd scoring the lone goal for his team. Owens' goalie Scott Bleile had 23 saves against the Spirit, which won its sixth game of the season. Delaware Tech-Owens had one comer kick and six shots on goal. The Roadrunners' record dropped to 3-3.