Seahawks volleyball earns first win of season
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
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 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.
Perryville junior Jon Hamamcioglu controls the ball on the offensive end during the Panthers 5-1 non-division win over visiting Bohemia Manor.