Ringgold, Glessner, Holder earn Region XX honors
Three recognized after Chesapeake’s dramatic women’s volleyball turnaround
Three Skipjacks earned NJCAA Region XX honors after helping direct Chesapeake College’s turnaround from a four-win season last year to a regional semifinals appearance.
Sophomore hitter Kyra Ringgold was one of six athletes named to the Division II all-Region XX first team. She joined two players each from region champion Hagerstown (Rebecca Morgan and Morena Ribero), two from region finalist College of Southern Maryland (Chantal Hebron and Liberty McLean) and one from Potomac State College (Ashley Sallee-Robinson) on the first team.
"Kyra was one of the top three or four hitters in the region. She’s in pretty good company on that first team," said Chesapeake head coach Jay Covey. "She moved her hits around and hit a lot smarter this year. She was also more aggressive as a hitter."
"I really improved this year, and my attitude was better," said Ringgold, who was a standout at North Caroline High School before coming to Chesapeake in 2007. "We were more together as a team this year, and that also made us more successful."
Sophomore hitter Jordan Glessner (Colonel Richardson High) was named to the all-Region XX honorable mention squad.
"I was very excited," said Glessner of her reaction to her selection. "I did feel this year everything went a lot better (triple the number of wins compared to 2007) and I thought I might get noticed."
"Jordan is a very solid player, especially defensively," said Covey. "She did a great job reading our opponents’ hitters, which is why she had so many defensive digs. She was our team captain and did a great job keeping our girls up."
Freshman setter Lexie Holder (Colonel Richardson High) was one of 13 players named to the all-Region XX tournament team.
"It was a big surprise. I thought Jordan and Kyra would get it," Holder said of her selection to the all-tournament team. "It (the regional tournament) was a lot of fun a lot different than high school (when regional playoffs are spread out over several weeks)."
"Lexie’s tough she had a lot of aces and as a setter she continually improved through the course of the season," said Covey. "She’s probably the most improved player on the team, and she’s definitely not afraid to go down on the floor."
Covey said the honors were recognition of the players’ outstanding individual achievements as well as the Skipjacks’ dramatic team improvement. Just 4-10 last season, the Skipjacks were 12-10 this year while reaching the Region XX Final Four.
"We matured as a team everybody got better and our team definitely got along a lot better this year," said Covey.
"In the beginning we were all a little bit shaky I know I was nervous," added Holder. "After that I think we really pulled together and did well."
"I think this year we showed we want to build a winning program," said Glessner, who plans to attend Salisbury University next year and play softball and maybe volleyball for the Sea Gulls. "I’m just really happy with how we played throughout the season."
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