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Chesapeake nets first volleyball victory

Posted on Friday, September 21, 2007

WYE MILLS – The Skipjacks are starting to resemble the women´s volleyball team Jay Covey expected to put on the floor this season.

"Today we played much more aggressively," the Chesapeake College head coach said Wednesday after the Skipjacks´ 30-17, 30-19, 21-30, 30-22 victory over visiting Community College Baltimore County-Essex. "When we play that way, we´re a pretty good team. Today we had a lot better passing, which led to better setting, which helped us run our offense and increase our kills."

Three Skipjack hitters – middle hitters Kyra Ringgold (14 kills) and Verushka Perez (10 kills), and outside hitter Jordan Glessner (11 kills) – reached double digits in kills as the Skipjacks (1-2) earned their first victory at the expense of winless Essex (0-3). Perez also threw in a team-high seven aces. Outside hitter Jermara Trott had a team-high seven digs while registering another seven kills and six aces for the Skipjacks.

"We knew we had the ability – all it took was us cheering each other up, playing hard, and being aggressive," said Perez.

Chesapeake broke away from a 5-5 tie in Game 1 with a 16-5 spurt fueled by the strong play of Glessner and Trott. Trott helped the Skipjacks close out Game 1 by scoring three of Chesapeake´s final four points on strong hits.

The Skipjacks dominated from the start in Game 2, using a Glessner kill, a Perez ace, and two Essex errors to score the game´s first four points. Essex hung around for a while, trailing only 9-6, but Ringgold used an off-speed hit to get Chesapeake´s 10th point and then hit three serves that weren´t returned as the Skipjacks opened up a 13-6 lead. Essex never got closer than six points the rest of the way.

Chesapeake appeared headed for a sweep when the Skipjacks rolled to an 8-1 lead in Game 3, but the Knights caught their hosts at 12-12. There were six more ties, the last at 20-20, before Essex hitter Tiffany Wagers took over.

Wagers broke the final tie with an ace and served seven straight points as the Knights fought off elimination in Game 3.

"Mentally we let up in the third game," said Covey. "We just had to get back up and play to our level."

Game 4 looked a lot like Game 3 as the Skipjacks blew out to a 19-12 lead only to be caught by Essex at 20-20. Chesapeake committed a myriad of hitting errors during the Knights´ 8-1, game-tying run, but Chesapeake setter Chelsea Cohee (40 assists, three kills) helped the Skipjacks pull themselves together. Cohee had a point-scoring dink and an ace while serving six straight points as the Skipjacks built a 27-20 lead.

"Sometimes one good play can pick us right up," said Glessner of the Skipjacks´ late-game turnaround in Game 4. "We try to keep each other up all the time."


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