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Improving Skipjacks notch two more wins
Chesapeake volleyball places third in Charm City Classic

BALTIMORE – The Skipjacks, who have already won twice as many women’s volleyball matches as last season, played competitively all weekend on the way to a third-place finish in the Charm City Classic.

"We’re improving," said Jordan Glessner, Chesapeake College’s first-year head coach. "The Anne Arundel coach (Stephanie Carey) mentioned she’s seen improvement in us since we played Anne Arundel in a preseason scrimmage."

Chesapeake played 10 generally competitive games in Saturday’s tournament, beating host Baltimore City Community College (25-21, 25-23) and losing to CCBC-Essex (24-26, 25-21, 15-12) and Anne Arundel Community College (25-22, 25-19) in round-robin play. The Skipjacks (4-2) then beat BCCC again with a late burst, 25-16, 18-25, and 15-11, to end the day on a positive note while splitting four matches.

"The tournament showed we can play 10 games and still be able to play hard and give our best in the final five minutes of the day to pull out a win," said Glessner.

Glessner said the play of sophomore outside hitter Deja Acree and freshman middle hitter Rose Smith stood out during Saturday’s volleyball marathon.

"Deja really stepped up – she hustled, covered a lot of ground, picked up her defense and covered the other teams’ tips," said Glessner. "And Rose forced the opposition hitters to adjust with her blocking."

The Skipjacks missed their shot at reaching the tournament finals when Essex rallied from a Game 1 loss to win the final two games of the Knights’ match with Chesapeake. Glessner, however, said there was a silver lining to that defeat.

"Silly mistakes that we made, like getting called for being in the net, were the difference in that match," said Glessner. "But we control those things and we can correct those mistakes. I’m happy with our progress, but we still have things that we need to work on to keep improving."

The Skipjacks play at Anne Arundel Community College Tuesday night at 6 p.m. before hosting CCBC-Catonsville Thursday at 6 p.m.

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