Skipjacks rebuilding after Final Four trip
Adams, Holder only returners for Chesapeake College volleyball squad
WYE MILLS Chesapeake College’s women’s volleyball program took a big step forward last fall, advancing to the NJCAA Region XX Final Four in Jay Covey’s second season as head coach. Covey, however, has only two players back from that team to mix with six freshmen of varying degrees of experience.
"It’s definitely going to be a challenge," said Covey, whose team hosts Community College Baltimore County-Catonsville Thursday night in a 7 p.m. season-opener. "I’m teaching at so many different levels because we have such a wide range of experience. The biggest challenge is going to be how to come up with the best lineup with the experience and inexperience combined. It’s not going to be the traditional way I would normally do it."
Covey’s returners left outside hitter O’Sha Adams (North Caroline High) and left outside hitter/setter Lexi Holder (Colonel Richardson High) provide a sound foundation upon which to build a team.
"I think O’Sha and Lexi are definitely going to be exciting to watch," said Covey, noting Adams is an explosive hitter and Holder was sixth in the nation in aces last season. "If we can get the ball to them, it will get exciting."
Covey expects more from Adams and Holder, and he said the sophomores are living up to their coach’s expectations.
"They’re definitely better and they’ve taken on leadership roles, explaining how things work to the other girls and trying to help me out," said Covey.
Sarah Porter (North Caroline High), cited by Covey as the most experienced freshman, will "probably be doing quite a bit of setting," according to her coach. Another freshman, Seaford Christian Academy’s Brooke Coppage, could also see time at setter.
Allison Sandrock (Easton High), Melanie Lyons (Colonel Richardson High), Meridith Farnell (Chesapeake Christian Academy) and Amber Sullivan (Dover High) will each fulfill hitting roles for the Skipjacks.
While Covey anticipates possible rough patches early in the season, he expects those issues to resolve themselves over time.
"As we get some experience and the girls learn how to play together, I know we’ll get stronger," said Covey.
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