By: Dr. Richard Midcap, President, Garrett College
McHenry, MD – It took a 4-0 closing run for Garrett College to net a 25-21 win in the first set of Sunday's women's volleyball match against visiting Chesapeake College. The host Lakers then took command of the match, trailing for just one point in the final two games while pulling off a 25-21, 25-16, 25-13 sweep.
"I think we were very timid and weren't talking in the first game," said GC freshman setter Samantha Kennell (Northern Garrett High), who finished the match with 19 assists. "We did better in the second and third games once we got our energy up and started talking."
"We started to become more disciplined and we stopped making as many unforced errors after the first game," said GC head coach Kim Windstein Harsch, whose team opened its season Friday night with a three-game sweep of host Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.
Windstein Harsch found a lot of positives to take away from the match against rebuilding Chesapeake (0-1 overall, 0-1 MD JuCo).
"Sammi [Kennell] did a great job and I thought we hit well," said Windstein Harsh. "We're getting better timing between our hitters and setters, and our defense played very well."
Freshman outside hitter/middle blocker Teyaurra Harris (North High/Akron, OH) finished with 9 kills and a .333 hitting percentage, while sophomore outside hitter Kendra Friend (Northern Garrett High) had a team-high 5 aces. Libero Lauryn Moon (Southern Garrett High) led the Lakers with 18 digs.
While Garrett improved to 2-0, Chesapeake lost its opening match after getting a late start on putting together a team.
"We didn't get a team together until four days ago," said first-year head coach Gerry Szabo. "We haven't even scrimmaged. I'm really happy with what we did after four days together."
Szabo said Garrett's size – the Lakers' 6-foot Jada Maxwell (East High/Akron, OH) and 5-10 Harris were taller than anyone Chesapeake put on the floor – was a factor.
"We don't have any size," acknowledged Szabo.
Even so, Chesapeake erased 15-10, 18-15 and 21-19 deficits in Set 1 to pull even at 21-21 on an ace from Sarah Mast (North Caroline High). Garrett, however, took command thanks to three Skipjack miscues – including a pair of hitting errors by Emilie Todd (Easton High) – and finished off Chesapeake on a middle kill from Maxwell off a Kennell set.
The Lakers blew out to an 8-2 lead in Set 2 as Harris had a pair of kills and both Moon and G'Vahn Pace (East High/Akron, OH) contributed aces. A 4-0 Garrett run, including consecutive Friend aces, stretched the Laker lead to 13-5.
Garrett never led by less than seven points the rest of the second set.
Todd's cross-court kill gave Chesapeake a 1-0 lead to start the third set. The set was also tied at 3-3 and 4-4, but Skipjack Se'ri Miles (Kent Island High) sent a serve wide to give Garrett a 5-4 lead and start a 5-1 Laker run that was climaxed by a Harris middle kill that made it 9-5.
Garrett broke the final set open with a 5-0 spurt – finished off by a pair of Friend aces – that gave the Lakers a 14-6 cushion.
Garrett College (2-0, 1-0) travels to Frederick Community College (1-1, 1-1) Thursday night for a 7 p.m. conference match. The Skipjacks host Potomac State College of West Virginia University Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a non-conference encounter.