On brink of defeat, Bayhawks rally, stun Pointers
Chesapeake was three points away from being swept by visiting Sparrows Point last week. Three points away from yet another discouraging loss to the Pointers.
After losing the first two sets of the match 25-23 and 25-16, the Bayhawks trailed 22-17 in the third set and Sparrows Point had the ser ve.
Then it was as if a different group of Bayhawks took the court.
Sasha Solomon landed a spike to regain the serve, and Nadya Smith ser ved seven straight points to rally Chesapeake to a 25-22 win.
Chesapeake rolled to a 25-8 win in the fourth set before taking the fifth set 15-13.
“We have six seniors who had never beaten Sparrows Point, and this is a rivalry match for them,” Chesapeake coach Krystal Romanowski said. “They live and breath this rivalry. It got into their heads, and they went out too intense for the first two sets.”
After Sparrows Point errors on Smith’s first three serves, Nyla Johnson tied the score with a block and Solomon gave Chesapeake a 23-22 lead with a spike.
A Pointer error on a spike attempt put Chesapeake one point away from extending the match, and Johnson delivered it with a spike.
Granted new life, the Bayhawks charged out in the fourth set and rolled over the Pointers to tie the match.
Chesapeake charged out to a 17-6 lead during which five of Sparrows Point’s point came from the Bayhawks losing the ser ve.
Brooke Sherman served five straight points, including four aces, to extend Chesapeake’s lead from 12-6 to 17-6.
Solomon followed with another five-point service run, with four aces, to make it 23-7. Two Pointer errors clinched the set.
“I told the players to just start loving the game,” Romanowski said. “Once they start loving the game, they pull out amazing things.
“We rely on a lot of young players. It literally took all of us coming through tonight to accomplish this win. All of them played their roles, and did what we needed them to do.”
Sparrows Point jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fifth set before turning the service over to Chesapeake on a spike error.
Solomon served eight straight points (five aces) to give Chesapeake a 9-4 lead.
The Pointers rallied to tie the set at 10-10. Two spikes by Johnson put Chesapeake ahead 1210, and a service ace from Smith made it 14-11, Bayhawks.
With the score 14-13, Sparrows Point put a serve into the net for the Bayhawk win.
Earlier this month during Chesapeake’s invitational tournament, the Bayhawks went unbeaten in pool play, beating Mercy, but lost to Mercy in the semifinals.
(Mercy lost to Mount Carmel in the championship match.)
The Bayhawk squad that beat Mercy was the one that took over when Chesapeake was three points away from being swept by Sparrows Point.
“When the girls bring me the team that beat Mercy, we play like we did in the last three sets today,” Romanowski said.