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Skipjacks rally past CCBC-Essex, top .500

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

ESSEX – The Skipjacks are having to deal with their share of adversity. Their solution has simply been to keep plugging along.

Chesapeake College´s women´s volleyball team suffered a key personnel loss last weekend when sophomore Diana Dieter broke her leg in a women´s softball game. The Skipjacks faced a different type of adversity Tuesday night when Community College Baltimore County-Essex took 1-0 and 2-1 game leads, but Chesapeake rallied for a five-game victory.

The Skipjacks´ 21-25, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20, and 15-11 victory ran Chesapeake´s win streak to three straight matches. Chesapeake (6-5 overall, 4-3 league) swept CCBC-Catonsville Monday night in its first match without Dieter, who played libero for the Skipjacks.

"We´ve had to adjust because of Diana, which set us back a bit, but we´re coming along," said Chesapeake head coach Jay Covey, whose team has already surpassed last season´s four-win total.

The Skipjacks spread out the responsibility in the Essex win. O´Sha Adams led the way with a team-high 13 kills, adding 15 set assists and nine service points. Kyra Ringgold (eight kills, 11 service points), Verushka Perez (nine kills, three aces, eight service points), Jordan Glessner (eight kills, 10 service points, eight digs), and Lexie Holder (25 set assists, six aces, and 11 service points) also came up with big numbers.

Covey was pleased with his team´s performance against winless Catonsville a night earlier.

"We executed well. We had some good passing, good sets, and good kills," said Covey. "We also had some good blocks, although Catonsville didn´t attack much."

Ringgold had 10 kills, three digs and two blocks to lead the Skipjacks over Catonsville. Adams added nine kills, 10 assists, and eight service points, while Holder had 17 set assists, four aces and 12 service points.

While the Skipjacks are 2-0 without Dieter, Covey stressed that her absence is being felt.

"We had to make some adjustments without Diana," said Covey. "We´ve got Sara Bailey coming in to play that position. She´s learning, but we hadn´t practiced her much at that position before Diana was hurt."

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