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Women's Volleyball

Skipjacks continue strong play, avenge Frederick defeat
Latest win comes on heels of impressive loss at nationally-ranked CSM

WYE MILLS – The Skipjacks remembered their five-game loss at Frederick Community College – and they apparently learned from it.

Chesapeake College’s women’s volleyball team didn’t let the scrappy Cougars hang around for five sets in Saturday afternoon’s rematch. Instead, the Skipjacks put them away in four – 25-23, 25-13, 17-25, and 25-20 – for their sixth win in their last seven matches.

"We stayed ’up’ instead of letting other things affect us," said Chesapeake sophomore Jordan Glessner, contrasting Saturday’s win with the Skipjacks’ loss at Frederick. "We’re playing a lot better."

Even in their only loss over the last seven matches – a four-set defeat Friday night at nationally ranked College of Southern Maryland – the Skipjacks played impressively. Chesapeake had a set point in the second set and won the third set against a Region XX power by turning up the defensive intensity.

"It shows the girls what I’ve been telling them – when we play good defense, we can be as good as anyone out there," said Chesapeake head coach Jay Covey.

The Skipjacks (9-6 overall, 7-4 Maryland JuCo) had to stage two comebacks to win Saturday’s first set.

The first comeback, which came after Frederick (5-5, 5-5) built an 18-13 lead, was a 6-0 run that put Chesapeake in front. The last five points of the run came on Sara Bailey’s serve, including a set-tying ace that preceded Kyra Ringgold’s dink for a 19-18 lead.

"When she’s serving well, Sara comes up with a lot of aces," Covey said of Bailey, who is a Kent Island High graduate.

Frederick answered with a 5-1 run to take a 23-20 lead, but the Skipjacks scored the set’s final five points. Glessner served the final four points against the suddenly shaky Cougars, who had three errant spikes and a setting mistake during those last four points.

Chesapeake didn’t wait as long to take control of the second set. The Skipjacks broke away from an 8-8 tie with a 10-0 run that began with a Glessner kill. Ringgold then served nine straight points, including two aces and two service winners to all but wrap up the second set.

The Skipjacks had a golden opportunity to sweep the match, but let a 9-4 lead get away in the third set. Chesapeake rebounded from the third-set loss by starting the fourth set with a 14-4 run, the final six points on Bailey’s serve and the last three on aces.

""I love getting them – it feels so good to get an ace," beamed Bailey after the match.

Frederick made one final push, getting within 18-16 on a Sharelle Laucomb hit. The Skipjacks responded with a 6-1 run, including three Ringgold kills and an impressive block by Tiara Whye. After the Cougars scored three straight points to make it 24-20, Glessner finished off the match in style with a point-scoring kill.

"It feels good to beat them in four after the last time," said Ringgold. "We’re playing a lot better. We’re playing more as a team."

The Skipjacks travel to Harford Community College Thursday and Anne Arundel Community College Friday for 6 p.m. matches. Chesapeake lost to Anne Arundel in five games to open the season and then beat Harford in four games for its first victory.

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