(Nov. 2, 2018) Despite only winning a couple matches, players on the Worcester Prep volleyball team improved and learned throughout the season.

“Overall, we grew a lot as a team in our skills and ability,” Prep Coach Cheryl Brown said. “For example, the two wins we had were both against Salisbury Christian school. On Sept. 26, we played five total games to fight for our win. When we played them again on Oct. 17, we won in three games.”

Worcester lost in three games in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinals to the Holly Grove Eagles in Westover, last Wednesday.

The Prep squad finished the season with a 2-12 record. The season began on Aug. 15 and Brown, the then assistant coach, took over as head coach, Sept. 26, after the Lady Mallards had played six matches.

“I enjoyed every minute learning and growing with them,” she said.

The team will graduate three seniors – captains Hailey Merritt and Maria Deckmann, and Julia Godwin, who were all main contributors.

Their aces, digs, assists, kills and blocks stats for the season were: Merritt - 48, 19, 49, 52, 14; Godwin - 30, 9, 4, 32, 12; and Deckmann - 4, 7, 53, 22, 10.

Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference awards were presented to Merritt and Godwin. Sophomore Maddy Warren earned honorable mention accolades.

“We will have a solid group of juniors (four) and sophomores (nine) moving up to take leadership roles [next year],” Brown said. “It is expected that most players will come back to play another season.”

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