(Nov. 1, 2019) The Worcester Prep volleyball team fell to the Delmarva Christian Royals in three games last Wednesday during the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinals in Georgetown, Delaware.

Despite the season-ending loss, Prep Coach Cheryl Brown said the girls were all smiles and had good, positive energy.

“It made me feel good even though we lost,” she said. “They gave it their full, best effort.”

This was her first full season as head coach of the Lady Mallards. Brown started last season as the assistant coach, but six matches in she took over as head coach.

She enjoyed her time with the girls and saw improvement over the last few months.

After every match she would give each player a sticky note with her written comments how individually they contributed that day.

She would also spend time with the girls one-on-one to discuss their strengths and weaknesses. The girls recognized what they did well and what they need to work on, she added.

“There’s always some bumps in the road, but with the girls, everything was great,” Brown said.

The Mallards finished the season with a 3-10 record.

Brown said the girls had a stronger performance this season and it showed in their stats.

“Numbers do speak volumes compared to this year and last year,” she said.

Two players received Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference accolades.

Senior captain Kathryn Marini earned All-Conference honors. As the libero (defensive specialist), she led the team in digs, with 62. She also had 22 kills, 19 aces, 10 assists and two blocks.

Junior Sophia Ludt was presented an honorable mention award. The setter led the team in assists, with 63. She also had 54 digs, 27 aces, 22 kills and four blocks.

Junior CC Lizas led the squad in kills (61) and aces (47). Senior captain Sami Repass led the Mallards in blocks (23).

The team will graduate its three captains – Marini, Repass and Jenna Elrick.

With the six juniors on the team this year and the three on JV, Brown could potentially have nine seniors on her roster next season.

“We’re really going to go places,” she said. “We should be really solid if everyone comes back.”

Not only is Brown looking forward to next year, but the girls are excited as well, she said.

“We’re hoping to pick right up from where we left off,” Brown added.

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