Skipjacks peaking in time for weekend net playoffs
Chesapeake sweeps BCCC, shades Cards to post first winning streak
WYE MILLS -- The Skipjacks’ timing couldn’t be any better.
Chesapeake College’s women’s volleyball team swept Baltimore City Community College Monday and outlasted Community College Baltimore County-Catonsville in five games Tuesday for the Skipjacks’ first back-to-back wins of the season. Head coach Jay Covey hopes his team makes good use of that momentum in this weekend’s NJCAA Region XX Division II championship tournament.
"We played well. In fact, we played like I knew we could play all year long," said Covey, whose team improved to 3-8. "We’ve been right on the edge of being good the last two or three weeks. Our team is finally starting to play together."
While the 30-8, 30-13, and 30-17 win over BCCC was more convincing, Chesapeake’s victory over Catonsville was much more dramatic. The Skipjacks blew a 2-0 lead, but regrouped in the decisive fifth game to beat Catonsville, 30-23, 30-28, 26-30, 26-30, and 15-13.
Kyra Ringgold -- who left with an injured ankle only to return with the match on the line -- finished with a team-high 14 kills and added five digs, two blocks, and two aces in the Catonsville win. The victory avenged an early-season loss to the Cardinals.
"It felt good to get that win," said Ringgold. "We just stepped it up. It’s a big difference from the beginning of the season when we weren’t all playing together -- now we’re playing like a team."
Myrushka Perez led the Skipjacks in aces (seven) and blocks (four) while adding 13 kills and seven digs against Catonsville. Jordan Glessner (19 service points, 15 digs, six kills, three aces), Amanda Parks (12 digs, five kills, three aces) and Chelsea Cohee (29 assists, 11 service points, five digs) also had fine all-around matches as the Skipjacks concluded their regular season.
Cohee had 24 assists and a team-high eight aces in the win over BCCC. Ringgold (team-high 14 kills, six aces), Perez (10 kills, six aces), Glessner (eight kills, three aces), and Tiara Whye (five kills) also contributed heavily in the win over the Panthers.
The Skipjacks picked a perfect time to pick up their game, with the regional tournament scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Hagerstown Community College. The seven-team tournament begins with pool play on Saturday, with the top two teams out of Pool A and Pool B advancing to Sunday’s regional Final Four.
Chesapeake will play seventh-seeded Beaver (Pa.) County College (11 a.m.), second-seeded College of Southern Maryland (1 p.m.), and third-seeded Harford Community College (2 p.m.) Saturday in Pool B. Pool A consists of top-seeded Hagerstown, fourth-seeded CCBC-Catonsville, and fifth-seeded Garrett College.
Each pool winner takes on the second-place finisher in the opposite pool during Sunday’s 11 a.m. semifinals, with the winners playing for the region title in the 1 p.m. championship match.
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