Skipjacks use home-court advantage to stun Cecil
Supportive crowd helps Chesapeake erase 2-0 deficit in 5-game win
WYE MILLS When a football crowd helps will the home team to a tough win, the fans are often referred to as the "12th man." Whatever you call the women’s volleyball equivalent, the home crowd played a pivotal role in Chesapeake College’s dramatic, five-game victory Wednesday night over visiting Cecil College.
"I think the fans helped us a lot," said freshman outside hitter Deja Acree after the Skipjacks rallied for a 13-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-21, and 15-11 victory. "Once we saw people were rooting for us, it helped us get together and play as a team."
Becca Wooten, Chesapeake’s freshman setter, agreed.
"Honestly, I think we fed off the crowd," said Wooten. "They were cheering, dancing. . . and we played with a lot more intensity."
"They got us pumped up," added freshman outside hitter Jackie Buswell. "They were so loud. It was good to hear all that cheering for us."
Chesapeake (2-9 overall, 2-6 Maryland JuCo) beat a Seahawk squad that had won five of its previous nine matches after an 0-6 start. Head coach Jay Covey said the comeback was built on better offensive execution and improved court coverage on defense.
"When we get good passing it leads to good sets and that leads to good kills," said Covey, who saw all of those components working together over the final three games.
"We also started coming up with a lot of digs and hustle plays on defense, and that will always pick a team up," added Covey, who said Ashley Muhleman came up with multiple digs to allow the Skipjacks to extend points.
Covey agreed with his players that the crowd also played a pivotal role in Chesapeake’s first home win of the season.
"The home-court advantage definitely played into it," said Covey. "We had basketball players, baseball players, some of our former volleyball players, and also parents and friends of our players at the game. I’d have to say we’ve had more home fans than anyone else in the league that I’ve seen this year except Hagerstown."
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