The Smyrna high school volleyball team has been selected as the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters (DSBA) “Team of the Year” for 2023.
Head coach Daniel Wandless guided the Eagles to the state championship at the Bob Carpenter Center in November. Wandless has coached the team since its inception 19 years ago. He told Delaware Live, “We are extremely proud and honored to be selected for the DSBA team of the year.”
The trail blazing title is the first for any program south of the canal, first ever for a Henlopen Conference team, and the first for a traditional public school since Concord in 1992.
Smyrna Athletic Director Bill Schultz said the varsity volleyball program and the Athletic department are very exciting by the award. “ It is great to see the athletes and coaches be honored by the DSBA Team of the Year award. The players and coaches worked extremely hard, and it was fun for our community to enjoy the first ever volleyball championship for Smyrna High School and the Henlopen Conference.”
The Eagles recorded an overall record of 19-1, including 14 match “sweeps” dropping just 10 sets all year! Their tournament run featured 3-0 matches against Delmarva Christian, Newark Charter and Caesar Rodney before winning the title three sets to one against Ursuline. The team featured three DIAA All State players in Elise Carter, Eliza Schneider, and Delaware player-of-the-year Anna Richardson.
Smyrna’s team will be honored at the annual DSBA banquet and luncheon on Presidents Day, February 19 at the Riverfront Events Center. The Center is located at the Hyatt Hotel, 760 Justison Street in Wilmington. . Tickets may be purchased at this site: http://www.delasports.org/index.html
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