Indian River's 2019 Boys Volleyball State Championship Team

Indian River's 2019 Boys Volleyball State Championship Team

Indian River took advantage of the new-found support of their district to win the 2019 Delaware Boys Volleyball State Championship in straight-sets over Salesianum.

Boys Volleyball continues to try to find its footing in the state, with 11 schools taking part, still too few to be considered an official sport by the DIAA.

One school that jumped on board last year was Indian River, who finished 3rd in their initial campaign in 2017, but this year they were simply unbeatable.

That included in Wednesday's final against 3-time defending champion Salesianum, who pushed the Indians deep into the first two sets, including a 23-23 stalemate late in the 2nd, before I.R.'s Porter Palmer smashed down a Sals overpass to lock up a 25-23 victory.

With two sets in hand, Alex Canseco served the Indians to a 6-0 start in the third set, including two aces.

Their defense proved tough, as they jumped out to a 16-9 lead, with 5 of Salesianum's points coming on Indian River service errors.

The power game of Carson and Michael Barnes, Mitchell McGee, and others ultimately proved too much, and when Mason Singer's serve on championship point couldn't be returned, the celebration was on for the Indians.

It was a celebration buoyed by the support of the Indian River School District, who gave the Indians' athletic department the green light to fully support the program after their first-year success, and with another year of experience, the program fully blossomed this spring.

There is hope among the long-time coaches who have fought to get the sport upgraded that some new schools, perhaps in Kent County, will consider adding the sport now that a Henlopen Conference team has won, and get the sport to the 16 schools it would need for the DIAA to be pushed into recognizing the sport and organizing the state tournament.

WDEL/Delaware SportsZone Sports Director. National Sports Media Association's Delaware Sportscaster of the Year (2013).