Skipjacks lack second comeback against Garrett
Covey sees improvement in 5-game loss that drops team to 0-2
WYE MILLS Two comebacks proved too much to ask of the young Skipjacks.
Chesapeake College had seemed down and just about out of Monday night’s match against visiting Garrett College, trailing both 2-1 in games and 23-21 in the fourth contest. After the Skipjacks pulled within a point on Maggie Nagle’s kill, Deja Acree served the final three points two on Jackie Buswell kills to stun Garrett and force a fifth game.
Garrett, however, regrouped quickly, blowing out to a 6-1 lead in Game 5. Chesapeake rallied again, pulling within 14-12 on a Nagle service winner, but Buswell hit long on the next point to clinch the Lakers’ 14-25, 25-18, 25-14 and 15-12 win.
"We improved a lot in a few days," said Nagle, whose Skipjacks (0-2 overall, 0-1 league) were swept in their opener by Northern Virginia Community College. "We just need to play together more. I think we’re just getting used to each other now."
Chesapeake’s all-freshman team started quickly, moving out to a 12-2 lead in an opening game that featured five Buswell kills. Garrett turned the tables in Game 2, racing to 6-2 and 15-8 leads while coasting to a match-evening win despite four more Buswell kills.
Garrett kept the momentum in Game 3, scoring the first five points and leading all the way. The Skipjacks’ offensive suffered a total Game 3 breakdown, with the team having as many service errors as kills (three each).
"We had too many service errors," lamented Chesapeake head coach Jay Covey. "I think if we would have kept our serves in during Game 3 it might have made a difference."
The offense rebounded in Game 4, with a special emphasis on setting up Buswell and Acree. Buswell, who had 19 kills for the match, finished with eight in Game 4 while Acree had three kills including the one that created the 23-23 tie and an ace.
Nagle opened Game 5 with a kill, but Garrett answered with six straight points. The last five points of the run came on Jessica Yoder’s serve, including an ace to cap the streak.
Chesapeake twice pulled within two points at 12-10 and 14-12 but could not quite make up the early, five-point deficit in the short Game 5.
"We got down, but then we got ourselves back up and played closer to the way we are capable of playing," said Covey.
"It’s still coming," added Covey. "We still have some girls who are learning to be aggressive all the time right now they are still tentative and we have to get our blocks down. We have some tall girls who can jump. I think by the end of the season we’ll be hard to push out of the gym."
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