Skipjacks fall in four to Montgomery/Rockville
Knights’ hitters rally team after opening-game loss to Chesapeake
WYE MILLS The Knights (11-5 overall, 8-2 Maryland JuCo) rallied from a first-game loss Monday night as hitters Hunter Schallhorn and Amie Clark combined for 31 kills in a four-game women’s volleyball victory over Chesapeake College.
"We were unusually slow coming out of the gate," Montgomery College/Rockville head coach Amir Mafinejad said after his squad dropped a 29-27 decision in Game 1. "Once we got settled into the match we were fine."
Rockville controlled the final three games (25-12, 25-14, 25-12), but the young Skipjacks (2-13, 1-9) more than held their own in the opener. They survived two game points at 26-25 and 27-26, tying the game at 27-27 on a Lexi Holder dink. Holder then threw down an ace to get the Skipjacks to game point, and Chesapeake claimed Game 1 when Asha Brown hit a return into the net.
The Knights led from the start in Game 2 and took over Game 3 with a 15-4 run that wiped out a 7-5 deficit. Chesapeake was called for five violations and Clark had four kills during the 15-4 spurt.
Rockville put together another huge run in Game 4, using an 11-5 spree to break open what had been a 9-6 Knights advantage. Schallhorn had four straight kills in the middle of that run to pace Rockville.
Schallhorn finished with a match-high 19 kills and Clark added 12. Chesapeake head coach Jay Covey indicated the Skipjacks’ inconsistency on defense contributed to those kill totals.
"We’ve got to defend," said Covey. "We block sometimes and sometimes we don’t. If you don’t block, you’ve got to defend on the floor."
The Skipjacks host Anne Arundel Community College Wednesday at 6 p.m.
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