’Jacks play well in third set; still swept by Allegany
Smith, Mills, Stansbury spark late-match rally in Chesapeake’s home opener
WYE MILLS The Skipjacks hope their third-set improvement in Tuesday night’s women’s volleyball home opener will prove to be a building block.
Allegany College of Maryland swept Chesapeake College, 25-2, 25-9 and 25-20, but the Skipjacks put on an 8-3 run down the stretch in the third set that pulled Chesapeake within four points. Sophomore outside hitter Rose Smith led the Chesapeake charge up front along with freshmen middle hitters Hayli Mills (Colonel Richardson High) and Ta’Nia Stansbury (Queen Anne’s County High). Meanwhile, sophomore setter/hitter Caitlin Quinton (Colonel Richardson High) served three straight points to cut Allegany’s lead to 24-20.
Allegany, totally in control of the match until Chesapeake’s late run, called a timeout to stop the Skipjacks’ momentum. It worked to the Trojans’ benefit as they won the first point out of the break to complete the sweep.
Smith had three kills, an ace and a dig in Set 3 while Mills (two blocks) and Stansbury each had two kills in the final set for Chesapeake.
"We need to find that drive from the beginning instead of waiting until we have to fight back," said Chesapeake head coach Jordan Glessner, whose team fell to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.
The Skipjacks committed four of their seven service errors in Set 3, which became all the more costly as they made their late-set rally.
Allegany (1-3, 1-0) opened the match with an 8-0 run on Kayla Hutson’s serve. Leading 9-2, the Trojans then ran off with Set 1 by scoring the final 16 points, including a 15-point spree on the serve of Jessica Yoder, who had four aces during the run.
Bailey Sinai had a tip, a block and a kill in Set 1 for the Trojans, who also benefited from Chesapeake’s serve-receiving difficulties.
"Our passing, especially our serve-receive, has been weak all season," acknowledged Glessner. "It starts with focus and anticipation and we’re not there yet."
Chesapeake took three early leads in Set 2, but the Trojans used a 14-1 run to build a 16-4 cushion. Courtney Keolker finished with four aces, Parris Duncan had two kills, and Sinai contributed two aces, a block, and a kill for Allegany while Smith had two kills to lead Chesapeake in Set 2.
Allegany appeared in control of Set 3 with a 21-12 lead, but kills by Smith and Mills, along with a hit by Lisa Hood and a hitting error by Allegany’s Dymond Williams, quickly pulled the Skipjacks within 21-16. The Trojans rattled off three straight points to get to match point, but Mills had consecutive blocks to keep the match going and the Trojans made two hitting errors as Chesapeake got within 24-20.
"When we had good passes we proved we can set it up and put the ball down," said Glessner.
Notes: Sophomore hitters Jen Carr and Katara Pressley and sophomore setter Lisa Hood (Colonel Richardson High) join Smith and Quinton as returners for the Skipjacks. Jessica Dove (North Caroline High) and Jessica Catron join Mills and Stansbury as the nine-player squad’s freshmen.
The Skipjacks play CCBC-Essex and Baltimore City Community College Saturday at BCCC beginning at 11:30 a.m. Their next league match is next Tuesday at the College of Southern Maryland starting at 7 p.m.
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