Sea­hawks vol­ley­ball earns first win of sea­son

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

— Ce­cil Col­lege fell be­hind in the first, third and fourth games of its non-con­fer­ence vol­ley­ball tilt against visit­ing Har­cum Col­lege Wed­nes­day night, putting its back up against the wall.

With the pres­sure on, the Sea­hawks ral­lied back with late surges to blow past the Bears for a 3-1 vic­tory (25-23, 15-25, 25-22, 25-23) and earn their first match win of the sea­son.

“I think our team wins un­der pres­sure, so I feel ev­ery­one knows they have to get ahead,” Ce­cil sopho­more Ally Jen­nings said. “And that’s when ev­ery­one says ‘it’s time to pick up.’ I think it sets a fire un­der us when we’re trail­ing.”

The Sea­hawks (1-1) gave up the first five points in the first game en route to a 15-10 deficit mid­way through, but they slowly worked their way back, ty­ing the Bears at 16-16. They took con­trol from there by build­ing a 23-19 lead be­fore hold­ing on for a two-point win to take the match.

The sec­ond game was close early as Har­cum held an 11-9 ad­van­tage be­fore clos­ing the frame on a 14-6 surge to earn a 25-15 vic­tory and level the game at 1-1.

Just like the first set, Ce­cil gave

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up the first five points to fall into an early hole, and it spent the re­main­der of the frame dig­ging out of it. The Sea­hawks tied it four times be­fore grab­bing the lead at 23-22 and adding two more to win 25-22 to move one vic­tory away from tak­ing the match.

“We had a lot of heart tonight, and we re­ally wanted to win. In- stead of play­ing not to lose, we played to win. I think it spurred us to get go­ing and not to fold,” said Ce­cil’s Kirra Bar­rett, who had six kills and five aces. “We played our best and ag­gres­sively through­out the en­tire game. We talked more, got to the ball and sac­ri­ficed our body for the ball. Ev­ery­one was try­ing ev­ery sin­gle point be­cause ev­ery point mat­ters.”

The Sea­hawks gave up the first four points of the fourth game but re­mained within strik­ing dis­tance of the Bears through­out as they never trailed by more than five points. Late in the frame, they scored six straight points to take the lead for the first time at 24-21 to set up match point.

Vic­tory was de­layed as Har­cum scored twice to make it a one­point game, but the Sea­hawks scored the fi­nal point to earn a 25-23 win and take the match.

Ce­cil head coach Gary Pre­ston said there were many fac­tors to his team’s abil­ity to rally for the three vic­to­ries, but he would like to see them find a way to avoid giv­ing up early runs.

“The girls didn’t give up,” Pre­ston said. “They started talk­ing more and com­mu­ni­cated more. There were a few less ser­vice er­rors. We talked about that af­ter the game was over, hav­ing those runs of five or six points scored against us. It’s okay to give one or two away, but we have get away from those long runs.”

The Sea­hawks re­ceived 13 kills and four aces from Jen­nings, six kills and three blocks from Natalie Da­ley, and three blocks each from Brit­tany Ad­kins and Mary Haines. Michaella Pa­trick added 24 as­sist, while Kylie Shi­flett contributed six digs.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

Ce­cil Col­lege sopho­more Ally Jen­nings, left, digs out the ball dur­ing the Sea­hawks’ 3-1 win over visit­ing Har­cum Col­lege in non-con­fer­ence women’s vol­ley­ball ac­tion at Ce­cil Col­lege on Wed­nes­day.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

Per­ryville ju­nior Jon Ha­mam­cioglu con­trols the ball on the of­fen­sive end dur­ing the Panthers 5-1 non-divi­sion win over visit­ing Bo­hemia Manor.

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