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’Jacks outlast Cecil to snap two-match skid
Acree ends Game 4 marathon; Smith, Carr are hitting stars

WYE MILLS – It wasn’t one of Deja Acree’s best performances, but she certainly ended it in style.

Acree’s off-speed hit to an open spot on the match’s final point Wednesday night sealed Chesapeake College’s 25-13, 13-25, 25-19, 28-26 win over the Cecil College women’s volleyball team. Her match-clinching kill came after the Skipjacks fought off two game points in the fourth game.

"I saw the hole and I just tried to go for the open spot," said Acree, who struggled with her hitting accuracy before coming up with half of her eight kills in the final game. "I was just trying to get the match over with."

The Skipjacks (5-4 overall, 2-2 Maryland JuCo) snapped a two-match losing streak behind the play of freshman hitter Rose Smith, who finished with a team-high 12 kills and also had three aces.

"This was a very important win for us," said Smith. "I think this one will really boost our spirits."

In stretches, the Skipjacks played some of their most impressive volleyball of the season. One of those stretches was a 14-2 run that wiped out a 4-0 deficit in Game 1. That run featured three kills by Jen Carr (seven kills, team-high four aces) along with two kills and an ace from Smith.

Cecil took full advantage of Chesapeake’s miscues – nine hitting errors, a service error, and four violations – to win Game 2, but the Skipjacks came back to claim Game 3 as Smith’s six kills helped Chesapeake pile up an 11-3 advantage in kills.

The Skipjacks played as well as the end as they did in the beginning, overcoming a 19-15 deficit along with those two game points in Game 4. Smith saved the second of the two game points with a kill that created a 26-26 tie. Cecil’s Lauren Webber then misfired on a hit attempt, setting the stage for Acree’s match-ending kill.

"Rose is a key player for us – a very smart player," said Acree.

Ciera Ricker also played a key role in Game 4 with three of the Skipjacks’ five aces.

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