Skipjacks dig deep, rally to defeat Harford
Chesapeake College notches season's first volleyball victory
WYE MILLS In the preseason, head women’s volleyball coach Jay Covey pointed to freshman Lexie Holder’s serving as a potential strength for Chesapeake College’s women’s volleyball team. Covey looked like a prophet Wednesday night when Holder provided clutch serving at just the right moment against visiting Harford Community College.
Holder served a team-high five aces, including one just inside the back line for the final point of Game 2 as the Skipjacks rallied from a 17-13 deficit. Chesapeake then swept the final two games for a 19-25, 25-23, 25-23, and 25-19 victory as the Skipjacks (1-1) notched their first victory of the season.
"She’s getting better every day," Covey said of Holder, who is a Colonel Richardson High graduate. "She’s going to be a force for us down the road."
Covey said his team’s tentative play an issue in Monday’s five-game loss to Anne Arundel Community College contributed to the Skipjacks’ slow start against Harford.
"We started out again trying not to make mistakes," said Covey.
Harford won Game 1 with a 9-1 run that broke a 13-13 tie. The Skipjacks turned the match around with their Game 2 comeback, which featured two late kills by Kyra Ringgold and one by Verushka Perez. Ringgold and Perez each finished with 10 kills and five blocks, while Perez also chipped in three aces.
"They started playing more aggressively," noted Covey. "When we’ve played aggressively so far this year, we’ve controlled the games."
The Skipjacks jumped out to big leads in the final two games, then held off Harford comeback attempts to secure the victory.
O’Sha Adams had 16 set assists, five kills, and eight digs while Holder finished with 15 set assists. Jordan Glessner added eight kills, 10 digs and three aces.
"Jordan’s really doing a great job on defense," said Covey. "She’s my best passer right now."
The Skipjacks play Friday and Saturday in the eight-team College of Southern Maryland tournament.
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