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Women's Volleyball

Skipjacks raise level of play, and cancer awareness
Chesapeake gives powerhouse CSM tough competition during ’Dig for Pink’

WYE MILLS – The Skipjacks played their best match of the season on an evening with special meaning.

The Chesapeake College women’s volleyball team was impressive in defeat Friday night, gamely competing against Region XX power College of Southern Maryland in a 14-25, 25-19, 28-26, and 25-19 loss to the Hawks. The Skipjacks’ strong performance came as part of an event called "Dig for Pink" dedicated to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Both teams wore special pink uniforms, all players received pink roses, and fund-raisers that included both pink uniform sales and baked goods sales took place to support breast cancer research via the Side-Out Foundation.

"Our girls were really ’up’ for that first game – it was our best game of the season," said Chesapeake head coach Jay Covey. "Everybody was talking, moving, doing a great job. There was a lot of emotion connected to all the events that evening, and they played with a lot of emotion."

The Skipjacks dominated the opening set and seemingly had control of the third set, with a 24-18 lead. Chesapeake was a point away from taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five match, only to have CSM (26-11) fight off seven set points and win the set with a closing, 10-2 run.

"Obviously, we should have won that third game, which would have put great pressure on CSM," said Covey. "I told our players after the game that we’ve proven we can play with these people right now.

"Hopefully it (playing so competitively against CSM) will be a big boost to the team," added Covey. "We’re playing our best volleyball at the right time with the regional tournament coming up this weekend."

Kyra Ringgold (13 kills, six digs), Lexie Holder (14 set assists, 13 service points, six aces), and O’Sha Adams (10 set assists, four kills) were among the Skipjack standouts.

Despite the loss, the Skipjacks ended the regular season with an 11-8 record compared to last year’s 4-10 overall mark with an all-freshman team.

"I’m very pleased. We’ve come a long way," said Covey. "Having the sophomores here, who’ve been down this road before, obviously helps. We’re playing our best now. That’s the goal. It’s good we have a week off to give us a chance to work on everything before the regional tournament."

Covey said the evening’s importance went well beyond the volleyball, and was pleased with the college’s and the team’s commitment to the Breast Cancer Awareness Month events. The activities raised $406, including donations that were taken at the door in lieu of an admissions charge.

"I was very pleased to see the support that we got from the hospitals, the fans, parents, and players," said Covey. "The girls put a lot of that together along with (Athletic Director) Frank Szymanski, (Athletics Assistant) Becky Fauver, and (Athletics Specialist) Bill Faust."

Szymanski also praised the team’s commitment to the event, singling out sophomore hitter Jordan Glessner.

"I thought it was an outstanding event. We had a lot of community support, including a lot of business support," said Szymanski. "I really want to recognize Jordan Glessner for her efforts and ideas – Jordan, Jay, Becky and Bill were the driving forces from the college end. I was just very proud of everyone associated with the event."

Businesses also participated in the event. Jack Mullins, owner of Bi-Rite Auto Sales, donated $500 to help defray costs for the pink Chesapeake College volleyball shirts. Other participating businesses included the Barnes & Noble Bookstore located on Chesapeake’s campus and Tri-Gas & Oil, which brought a pink-and-white delivery truck that included cancer research messages on the truck.

The various events raised $406 for cancer research.

Photo caption (Photo by Melanie Covey)
Chesapeake College’s women’s volleyball team donned special pink uniforms for last Friday’s match against the College of Southern Maryland, which was dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The team members, pictured left to right, are (back row) Head Coach Jay Covey, Lindsey Farinholt, Jordan Glessner, O’Sha Adams, Lexie Holder, Diana Dieter, Assistant Coach Bill Faust, (front row) Sara Bailey, Verushka Perez, Tiara Whye, and Kyra Ringgold.

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