Pioneers dig out a win against Chesapeake College
Defense dominates in two-hour match that leaves both coaches pleased
ARNOLD If you’re a women’s volleyball fan who digs digs, Anne Arundel Community College was the place to be Friday night.
The host Pioneers outlasted Chesapeake College in a defense-oriented, four-set match that took nearly two hours to play. Anne Arundel head coach Kevin McGovern said every defensive dig was needed to notch the 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, and 25-22 victory.
"To be honest, they (Chesapeake) were hitting the ball hard, hard, and harder," said McGovern, whose team improved to 8-3. "We just stepped up defensively and picked up our serving."
Chesapeake head coach Jay Covey was pleased with his own team’s defense while praising Anne Arundel’s as well.
"That was probably the best defensive match we’ve played all year, but they (Anne Arundel) wouldn’t go away defensively," said Covey, whose team lost for only the second time in its last nine matches. "I’ve got to give it to them they played hard the entire match. Offensively, we couldn’t get in sync, but we’re getting better as a team. You can see it."
Chesapeake moved out to 13-10 and 14-11 leads in the first set, and had a 15-14 advantage after an O’Sha Adams spike. The Pioneers, however, ran out the set with an 11-5 spurt aided by two Chesapeake serving errors and four hitting miscues.
Anne Arundel appeared to take control of the second set, overcoming a 6-1 deficit with an 18-10 run that gave the Pioneers a 19-16 cushion. The Skipjacks, however, rallied behind Sara Bailey, who came off the bench to serve four straight points in a 5-0 run that put Chesapeake ahead to stay in a set that Lexie Holder finished off with an ace. The Skipjacks dug themselves an early 9-4 hole in the third set, but rallied for an 11-9 lead as Adams served six straight points, including back-to-back aces. The set featured six ties, the last one at 17-17, before Anne Arundel pulled out the 25-22 win by scoring the final two points on an Ivanna Melendez hit and a lift call against Holder.
The fourth set was just as competitive as the first three, with nine ties and three lead changes.
Chesapeake took its final lead, 15-14, on an errant hit by Pioneer Courtney Groff. The Pioneers tied the game on an Ivanna Melendez kill and took a 16-15 lead on a botched Chesapeake setting attempt. Chesapeake then forced a 16-16 tie on a Jordan Glessner hit, but Glessner then misfired on a cross-court spike attempt as the Pioneers took a 17-16 lead.
That was the start of a 5-0 run by the Pioneers, including consecutive aces by Tracie Bell, as Anne Arundel built a 21-16 lead. Chesapeake pulled within 23-21 on a Glessner ace, but a Groff kill and a service line violation by Holder allowed the Pioneers to wrap up the win.
"I saw a lot of hustle from both sides of the net," said Covey. "Our serving hurt us, especially on some big points, but I was pleased with what I saw defensively."
Chesapeake College 3, Harford CC 0
BEL AIR Verushka Perez had a team-high seven kills and Lexie Holder contributed 14 assists and eight service aces as the Skipjacks swept Harford Thursday for their seventh win in eight matches.
Chesapeake dominated the match, posting 25-15, 25-15 and 25-20 wins. Kyra Ringgold and O’Sha Adams each had six kills, while Ringgold and Jordan Glessner led the team with seven digs each. Sara Bailey added four aces.
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