On brink of de­feat, Bay­hawks rally, stun Point­ers

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com

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.

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