Nerves, serves cost Chesapeake against Pioneers
Anne Arundel holds off Skipjacks in five-game marathon
WYE MILLS Nothing kills a volleyball rally quicker than service errors.
Chesapeake College illustrated that point dramatically in Monday night’s five-game, season-opening loss to Anne Arundel Community College. Skipjack service errors played key roles in Games 3 and 5 as the Pioneers posted a 25-17, 21-25, 25-23, 22-25, and 15-11 victory.
"They have to serve 25 in a row in practice every day," said Chesapeake head coach Jay Covey. "Basically it was nerves most of them were playing not to make mistakes. They were holding back."
The key game may have been the third one, when the Skipjacks used an 11-3 run to take an 18-13 lead. Three different Skipjacks then committed service errors to help fuel a game-winning, 12-5 run by the Pioneers.
Chesapeake rebounded to win Game 4, scoring 13 of the final 18 points. Jordan Glessner (five kills, seven digs, eight pass assists) served four straight points to help get the Skipjacks within 18-17, and eventually pulled Chesapeake even at 22 with a kill. Verushka Perez (seven kills, seven assists) put the Skipjacks in front with a kill to the middle of the court, Pioneer Heidi Rogers sent a hit long, and Glessner finished off the game with a point-scoring tip.
"When we played well, we played very well," said Covey. "That’s when we were able to run off a lot of points."
Chesapeake spent most of Game 5 which featured three more Skipjack service errors playing catch-up. Anne Arundel broke away from a 5-5 tie with a 5-1 run in which Rogers had a point-scoring spike and a service ace. The Skipjacks pulled within a point at 10-9 and 11-10, but AACC finished the game with a 4-1 run punctuated by an Ivanna Melindez block on the game’s final point.
Chesapeake’s Kyra Ringgold finished with team highs in kills (13) and blocks (five).
Anne Arundel head coach Kevin McGovern was pleased to see his Pioneers who have only sophomores Tracie Bell and Courtney Groff back from last year’s team hold on for a five-game win.
"It gives them the confidence they can win long points, long games, and a long match," said McGovern.
The Skipjacks host Harford Community College Wednesday at 6 p.m.
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