Del Tech-Terry sweeps Skipjack netters
Strong serving helps Hawks overcome slow start, move over .500
WYE MILLS Delaware Tech’s Terry Campus overcame a slow start with a strong service game Monday night to sweep Chesapeake College’s women’s volleyball team, 25-18, 25-20 and 25-15.
The Skipjacks bolted to 10-4 and 12-5 leads in the opening game, but Del Tech used a 9-2 run to create a 14-14 tie. Chesapeake reclaimed the lead on a Maggie Nagle kill, but Del Tech’s Sarah Eberly answered with a kill to retie the game and return the serve to the Hawks.
Chelsea Markel took it from there, serving seven straight points as Del Tech (10-9) took control of the opener. Markel had three aces and Ashlie Larimore added a block during the run.
"They (the Hawks) were serving them in," said Chesapeake head coach Jay Covey, who indicated the Skipjacks played a big role in Del Tech’s serving success. "For the most part all they had to do was get the ball in play and we’d make unforced errors.
"A lot of times when things aren’t going well, you start believing you can’t make the pass or make the hit," added Covey. "Volleyball is a sport that really depends on confidence. You have to believe you can do it."
Brittany Linaweaver was the serving star in Game 2 for the Hawks, serving three straight aces during a 5-0 run that broke a 2-2 tie. Chesapeake pulled even at 8-8 on a backhanded dink by Becca Wooten, but Del Tech answered with an 8-2 run that was capped by a Markel ace for a 16-10 lead.
The Skipjacks (1-10) rallied to pull within 21-19, but the Hawks’ front-line play pulled out the win. Shannon Green came up with two point-scoring middle blocks and Eberly had a kill and a stuff to account for Del Tech’s final four points and a 2-0 match lead.
Markel came up big again on the service line in Game 3, serving four straight points including two aces in a 5-0 run that broke a 5-5 tie and put the Hawks ahead to stay.
The Skipjacks were scheduled to host Cecil Wednesday night.
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