Skipjacks limited by youth, inexperience
Improvement by half-dozen freshmen leaves Covey optimistic about future
WYE MILLS You might think there wouldn’t be a lot of positive signs in a 2-18 season. In the case of the 2009 Chesapeake College women’s volleyball team, however, that would be an incorrect assumption.
"They all got better as the season went on," Chesapeake head coach Jay Covey said of his Skipjacks, who had six freshmen among their eight players. "Every one of them showed improvement in their understanding of the game and what was expected of them.
"The funny thing is, it wouldn’t take a lot for us to be right there with all but the top few teams," said Covey. "We weren’t that far away."
Chesapeake’s two sophomore outside hitters, Lexi Holder (Colonel Richardson High) and O’Sha Adams (North Caroline High), finished first and 13th in the nation in ace average per set.
"Lexi got on some unbelievable rolls serving," said Covey, specifically recalling a match with Allegany in which Holder served seven consecutive aces. "And O’Sha’s hitting came a long way this year. She could really pound the ball when she got herself in the right place. She’ll be able to play with just about anybody (at the four-year college level)."
Freshman setter Sarah Porter (North Caroline High) played a key role with her setting and her outlook, according to Covey.
"Sarah really helped a lot from the setter’s spot, which freed up O’Sha and Lexi to hit, and she was always so positive," said Covey.
Another freshman setter, Brooke Coppage (Seaford Christian), stood out on the service line for the Skipjacks.
"Brooke’s serving was really coming on at the end," said Covey. "She was getting three, four, five aces a match. Other teams were having problems because her ball really moved well."
The Skipjacks featured a pair of freshman 5-foot-8 middle hitters Meridith Farnell (Chesapeake Christian) and Amber Sullivan (Dover High) who also exhibited a lot of promise, according to Covey.
"Meridith came a long way from the beginning of the season to the end. She was probably our most consistent blocker," said Covey. "Amber is a very good athlete who was starting to be a force in blocking."
Hitters Allie Sandrock (Easton High) and Melanie Lyons (Colonel Richardson) rounded out the half-dozen freshmen who provide Covey with hope of a quick turnaround in 2010.
"Allie always found a way to make positive contributions and Melanie has a huge desire to make herself better at whatever she does," said Covey.
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