BEAR – After comfortably winning the first two games of its nonconference volleyball match against Sanford, Caravel found itself in a battle in the third set Thursday night.
The Buccaneers fell into an early six-point hole before edging the Warriors to finish off the sweep (25-13, 25-14, 25-23) to complete a historic regular season
The win capped off the first undefeated regular season in Caravel girls volleyball history.
“We were down, and we came back. We believed in ourselves, and as long as we can do that, we’ll be fine,” said Kody Dillon, who had nine kills and two aces, blocks and digs for Caravel (15-0)
After losing the first two games, Sanford scored eight of the third set’s first 10 points. But the Buccaneers mounted a 10-4 run to tie it at 12-12.
The teams then had 10 ties until Caravel scored the last three points to erase a 23-22 deficit and take the match.
“I think it was huge because the other team really stepped up their game and brought a lot a heat, picking up a lot of our balls. It definitely became more challenging to find ways to get kills,” Buccaneer head coach Ray Helie said. “I think [we] started to tighten up a little bit, focus a little bit more and realized that [we] needed to work smarter.”
Senior outside hitter Sydney Badel said she’s proud to be a part of a history-making unit.
“It’s best feeling you can imagine. It’s never happened in Caravel volleyball history,” said Badel, who had seven kills, four aces and five digs. “We made history, and I can’t wait to go into playoffs strong and confident like we did in the regular season.”
Patricia Swanson had 14 kills and 11 digs for Sanford (8-7) while Brianna Wolfle had 20 digs and Megan Snyder dished out 16 assists.