Roundup: Delaware State volleyball team to compete in NIVC tourney

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The Delaware State volleyball team will compete in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship Tournament, marking the first national post-season competition in team history.

Modeled after the NIT and WNIT college basketball tournaments, the NIVC features 32 teams in a single-elimination format.

DSU (26-4) will square off against regional host Boston College (16-16) in the NIVC opening round on Saturday. The Boston Regional also includes Connecticut (21-10) and North Carolina A&T, which is in its first season in the Big South Conference after nearly five decades in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

The Hornets’ .867 winning percentage is tied for ninth among all NCAA Division I teams as Nov. 28. DSU lost to Howard in the MEAC Tournament finals.

College basketball

WOMEN, Towson 76, Delaware State 47: Redshirt senior Zoe Holmes, who missed the first four games of the season due to injury, made her regular season debut and collected 13 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Hornets (0-5) in the loss.

Sianny Sanchez-Oliver added another double-digit point performance to her freshman campaign as she scored 12 points.

UD’s Dickey honored again: For the second-straight week, Delaware junior Jasmine Dickey was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week.

In Delaware’s 2-0 week, Dickey averaged 35.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per contest while shooting 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from the field. Dickey posted the second-highest point total in program history by netting 48 points against Eastern Michigan.

DSU’s Carter on HBCU watch list: Delaware State senior guard Myles Carter is among the candidates to compete in the inaugural HBCU Men’s Basketball All-Star Game.

The contest will be played during the NCAA Final Four weekend, April 3, in New Orleans. The game will be televised live on the CBS Television Network.

Carter, a Preseason All-MEAC first-team selection, is the current conference scoring leader at 16.8 points per game.

Football

State finals back at UD: The DIAA football state championship games will be played at Delaware Stadium for the first time in two years.

Last year’s state finals were held at Dover High because of the pandemic.

This year’s title games are set for Dec. 11 with four contests being played under the new classification system. The starting times for the games are: Class 2A (11 a.m.), Unified (1:30 p.m.), Class 3A (3:30 p.m.) and Class 1A (6 p.m.).

Fans can purchase one general admission ticket and stay for all four championship games. General admission tickets are $10 with club level seating $20. Tickets will go on sale on Dec. 6 through the University of Delaware.

All attendees at UD athletic events, ages 12 and older, must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of the event. “Full vaccination” means that guests have received their final COVID-19 vaccine dose at least 14 days in advance of the day of the game.