Concord's Volleyball team advanced to the DIAA State Tournament semifinal round with a convincing 3-0 victory over Tower Hill Tuesday night in the first game of a doubleheader played at St. Mark's. The Raiders' defense handled Tower Hill's attack throughout the match due to their size and quickness. It also helped that Concord was able to get an early lead on their opponents in each set, a key component to victory. In the first set, Concord won handily 25-16, but in the second set, the Hillers were able to get some momentum and closed the gap to 21-20 before the Raiders would close it out 25-20. Senior Alexia Bell said that the team got a little distracted in the second set, but were able to settle down and come back strong. “We were able to play well as a team, just as we were able to all season,” she said. The Raiders also played a very strong third set, and controlled the ball on both sides of the net to close out Tower Hill 25-15. Senior Paige Thommes said her teammates have the ability to jump high and get their hands on the ball at the right times. “I think we've been playing together as a team for a long time, and we know how to play as a team, and the only way you're ever going to win is to play together as a team, and I think we've mastered that team mentality,” she said. Thommes also mentioned that momentum is an important ingredient to winning at volleyball. “Yes, it really is a game of momentum, and tonight our chemistry was there, our teamwork was there, and it all worked really well for us tonight,” she said. Concord will now play Padua in the semifinal round on Thursday, November 8, at the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware, at 6 p.m.