Skipjacks competitive at volleyball regional
Chesapeake’s Carr, Smith named to all-tournament team
LA PLATA Chesapeake College didn’t win a single regular-season game against the three teams the Skipjacks were scheduled to play in the NJCAA Division II Region XX tournament. While they didn’t advance out of Saturday’s pool play, the Skipjacks did play very competitively in their rugged pool.
"I think we brought our offensive game, but weren’t ready to adjust defensively," said Chesapeake head coach Jordan Glessner after her Skipjacks took games off of both the College of Southern Maryland and CCBC-Essex.
Hagerstown Community College, which went on to win its ninth straight Region XX title, was the only team to sweep Chesapeake, 25-17, 25-8, and 25-13. Host College of Southern Maryland held off the Skipjacks, 25-11, 23-25, 25-11 and 25-18, and CCBC-Essex rallied past Chesapeake, 22-25, 25-16, 25-20, and 25-21.
"We played pretty solidly against Hagerstown and we had our strongest blocking and offensive game against CSM," said Glessner. "We started strong against Essex, which seemed a little tired from just having played a match, but Essex turned it back on after that."
Glessner praised the play of middle hitters Jen Carr and Rose Smith who were both named to the all-tournament team along with outside hitter Katara Pressley and setter Lisa Hood. She said her team’s inability to adjust defensively kept the Skipjacks from making an even bigger splash in their pool.
Glessner who became head coach at her alma mater just months after graduating from Salisbury University said she "learned a lot about not only the coaching part but managing people" during the course of her first season as head coach. The former all-Region XX performer said she is already recruiting to upgrade the program for next season.
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