Cecil exploits Skipjack weakness in net sweep
Seahawks' tipping exposes holes in middle of Chesapeake's defense
WYE MILLS It’s not like the Seahawks were the first team to try exploiting Chesapeake College’s defensive difficulties. They just did a better job of it than most of the Skipjacks’ opponents.
Cecil College rolled to a 30-17, 30-18, 30-23 women’s volleyball victory over host Chesapeake College Friday night as the Seahawks’ front line combined excellent hitting with off-speed returns that had a knack for finding holes in the Skipjacks’ defense. Chesapeake head coach Jay Covey said the Skipjacks’ performance simply emphasized the areas where they need improvement.
"We’ve got to do a better job of picking up those balls that fall inside the 10-foot line," said Covey. "Teams are tipping on us and we’re still not picking that up."
Cecil (6-3) dominated the first two games behind sophomore middle hitters Caroline Farrell and Chelsea Richardson.
Farrell blocked a pair of Skipjack hits during an 8-0 Cecil run that broke a 4-4 tie and put the Seahawks in control of Game 1. She added an ace in a 5-0 spurt that stretched Cecil’s lead to 19-9, then had two kills and a point-scoring tip as the Seahawks scored eight of the final 12 points in Game 1.
Richardson did a little bit of everything in Game 2, including a point-scoring tip that gave the Seahawks the lead for good at 12-11 and a block that stretched Cecil’s lead to 15-12 as part of a 19-7, game-ending run.
The Skipjacks (1-4) were much more competitive in a Game 3 that included 10 ties. Chesapeake used back-to-back kills from Kyra Ringgold (team-high 10 kills) to take a 16-15 lead, and Diana Dieter followed with an ace to make it 17-15. After Cecil answered with four straight points, Ringgold scored again on a tip and hit a serve that wasn’t returned to create a 19-19 tie.
Cecil, however, responded with a game-ending, 11-4 run. That run including well-placed, off-speed hits by both Farrell and Richardson that found holes in Chesapeake’s defense.
Amanda Parks had seven kills, an ace and a dig for the Skipjacks, and teammate Verushka Perez added five kills, two aces, and a block. Chelsea Cohee had 18 assists for Chesapeake, which lost its second straight match.
"We just have to play better defense and serve better," said Covey, who indicated he still feels his first-year club has the talent to compete against most teams in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.
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