Alicia Corrado had 13 kills and five aces to lead Brandywine to a 3-1 nonconference volleyball win over Newark Monday afternoon. With the 18-25, 25-16, 25-22 and 27-25 victory, the Bulldogs moved to 10-4 on their way to the state tournament.
It was an entertaining Senior Day at Brandywine, with the final set going to extra points. The Bulldogs took early leads in every set, but Newark came back each time. In the final set, Corrado and fellow senior Heather Spiess staked the Bulldogs to a 5-0 lead. Spiess, who finished with 10 kills and four blocks, started the set with a kill, followed by a Corrado ace. After that, it was Spiess with a block, then the spike of an errant Newark bump, followed by another ace by Corrado.
The Yellow Jackets fought back, and an ace by sophomore Emma Voigt tied the set at 12. Voigt gave her team the lead on the next point, as her dig drifted over the net and found open space. The teams traded points before Brandywine found itself with match point at 24-22. Newark fought off two match points to send it to extras and survived match point No. 3 at 25-24. But a tip kill by Bulldogs senior Tiffany Stanchek restored Brandywine’s one-point advantage, and a service winner from Meghan Brown secured the victory.
Brandywine began the first game with a four-point run, but Newark climbed back in due to the strength of its service game. An ace by the Jackets’ Alexis Smoot made the score 19-10, Newark’s largest of the day. Newark would go on to win that one.
The Bulldogs used an 8-2 run midway through game two to take a 13-7 lead, and Newark never got back into it. Brandywine’s lead was 3-1 to open the fourth, but this time Newark rebounded, and the set was very close. Corrado nailed an ace to give the Bulldogs a 17-12 lead, but, with Voigt on serve, Newark responded with the next six points for a one-point Jackets advantage. It was then Brandywine’s turn for a point streak, as the Bulldogs went up, 22-18. Stanchek finished the third set with an ace.
Brandywine (10-3) won its fourth straight. The team will travel to district rival Mount Pleasant on Wednesday for a 6:15 p.m. start. The Bulldogs have earned an automatic bid to the state tournament by virtue of their Blue Hen Conference Flight B championship. It is their first conference title since 2000.
Nicole Carter had 10 kills for Newark, which also received six blocks from Smoot and 45 digs from Lexus Christopher. Rachel Newman-Sanders had five aces and 29 digs. The Yellow Jackets (9-5) complete the regular season at home vs. Dickinson. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m.