Generous Skipjacks swept by Catonsville
Chesapeake gives away ton of points to aggressive Cardinals
WYE MILLS The Skipjacks were generous to a fault Thursday night against visiting Community College Baltimore County-Catonsville.
Chesapeake College gave away 23 points in the first two games 12 hitting errors, seven service errors and four violations and the Cardinals were only too willing to accept the gifts. Catonsville then scored the final five points of Game 3 to pick up a 25-18, 25-16, and 25-22 women’s volleyball sweep.
"We fought back, but we fought back a little too late," said Chesapeake head coach Jordan Glessner, whose team fell to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference with its second straight loss.
Catonsville, meanwhile, put the pressure on the Skipjacks with an aggressive front line featuring Audrey Gerlach (team-high seven kills, one ace), Meredith Runkle (six kills, team-high five aces), and Julie Renner (five kills, one ace).
"We just didn’t block, which left open holes and they (Catonsville) kept being aggressive up at the net," said Glessner.’
Game 1 featured four early ties, but the Cardinals broke away from an 8-8 deadlock with a 7-1 run featuring two kills by Rebekah Atherholt and three hitting errors by the Skipjacks. Catonsville took command early in Game 2, running off seven straight points for a 7-1 lead.
The third game was much more competitive.
Chesapeake raced out to an early 7-3 lead as Tiffeny Ricks and Jen Carr served up aces, Deja Acree threw in a kill, and Rose Smith contributed a point-scoring block. That was a sign of things to come for the Skipjacks, who had four aces in Game 3 after Catonsville put together a 9-1 advantage in aces over the first two games.
Catonsville (3-3, 1-1) rallied for a 20-18 advantage, but the momentum seemed to shift back to the Skipjacks when they strung together four straight points on a Myrea Carroll dink, a Lisa Hood ace, and consecutive miss-hits by Renner for a 22-20 edge.
The Cardinals, however, answered with their 5-0, match-ending run that included kills by Renner, Runkle and Atherholt.
"I think we get a little too comfortable once we get in front," lamented Glessner. "We start getting flat-footed and that’s when the other team takes advantage of us."
Notes: Glessner praised the play of Emon Heath, saying the freshman outside hitter from Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore "really stepped up in the front row."
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