Skipjacks sweep Garrett for sixth victory
Ricker, shifted from setter to hitter, has team-high eight kills
WYE MILLS Chesapeake College sophomore Ciera Ricker is more accustomed to setting up her teammates than finishing plays herself. You wouldn’t have know that from Sunday’s match against visiting Garrett College as Ricker, moved from reserve setter to starting outside hitter, notched a team-high eight kills in a three-game sweep of the Lakers.
"We’ve talked a lot this season about players stepping up when called upon," said Chesapeake head coach Jordan Glessner, who needed a strong performance from Ricker after holding out several players for missing last Friday’s practice. "Ciera really stepped up for us."
"In high school my coach said I was a natural setter," said Ricker. "Then toward the end of my senior year I had a chance to hit and I found I really liked it."
Ricker said she simply tried to take what the Garrett defense gave her.
"My coaches told me to look for the holes in the defense," said Ricker. "I was trying to hit it hard into the holes, not just push it over the net."
The Skipjacks (6-4 overall, 3-2 league) dominated early and held on late while recording a 25-14, 25-9 and 26-24 victory over the Lakers. Garrett pushed Chesapeake to overtime in the final game, but Deja Acree (six kills) came up with the final point on a kill for the second straight match.
"We really played well as a team that was probably more together than we’ve been all season," said Glessner.
The Skipjacks recorded 25 service aces, accounting for just under one-third of their total points. Tiffeny Ricks had a team-high eight aces while Acree and Amber Labille added six each. Caitlin Quinton led the team with five assists.
The Skipjacks have already won three times as many matches as last year’s 2-16 squad.
"Last year we had a few outside problems," said Ricker. "This year’s team is a lot more together. Deja (Acree) and I are the only two players back from last year, and we saw right away that the talent is so much better this year."
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