Only two starters returned from last season.
This year’s Dulaney volleyball team clearly has a different look.
But the Lions keep winning.
They improved to 6-3 with a 25-11, 25-16, 25-20 victory over visiting Franklin (5-4) Thursday night.
Still, Dulaney coach Cary Lyon says his Lions have a long ways to go to match the success of past teams.
They lost in the Class 4A state final last year to Northeast and won a state championship in 2013.
“We have been one of the top teams in the state for three years in a row,” said Dulaney coach Cary Lyon, whose team was swept by South River Wednesday. “We are rebuilding for sure. But the team is having fun and jelling nicely."
“We are playing for our seniors,” he added. “We want to be really good for them by the end of the year.”
Senior setter Sophie Sun totaled 11 assists and four aces for Dulaney against Franklin while teammates Mykayla Milchling, a senior outside hitter, had eight digs and four kills and Kathryne Parler, a sophomore setter, finished with five kills and seven assists.
Lyon has been particularly impressed with Sun, the team’s lone captain.
“I would say she is the top player on the team right now,” the coach said. “She is taking that as a challenge.”
Dulaney’s win over Franklin was its fifth sweep of the season.
The Lions jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first set behind the serving of Ann Benzinger and Chandler Roseboro.
Franklin trimmed the margin to 9-6 on Emily Krueger’s kill before Dulaney went on a 7-0 run.
In the second set, the Lions ran off the first seven points.
Dulaney fell behind 5-0 in the third set when Lyon put his subs in, but the Lions recovered quickly to end Franklin’s momentum.
“They are definitely a tough team to beat,” Franklin coach Denikwa James said. “But I think we did well competing against them. I have only one club player. They have a lot of players that play club.”