For The Dialog
WILMINGTON – In a rematch of last year’s state championship volleyball match, Padua again got the best of Tower Hill, sweeping the Hillers to kick off the school’s homecoming weekend.
Freshman Emily Jarome had 14 kills, including two in a tense first set that Padua needed extra points to win, 27-25. The Pandas were trailing, 9-2, when Sarah Wiley led a comeback. Wiley served up some aces and service winners to tie the set. It was back and forth until the Hillers went on a run to take it to set point at 24-20. Padua stormed back to tie it at 24 and again at 25. Jarome finished the set with two kills.
Padua dominated the second set, playing great team ball and receiving big plays from Haley Baker and Emma Lucey. The Pandas would win that frame, 25-9.
Tower Hill rebounded in the third, but Padua had too much and took the set, 25-18, to complete the sweep.
Padua is now 6-2 and travels to Unionville (Pa.) on Monday at 5 p.m. Tower Hill dropped to 5-3; they meet Wilmington Friends next Thursday at home at 5:15 p.m.