From HCC Sports Desk
BEL AIR, Md.—The Harford women’s volleyball team was plagued by errors, hitting just -.034 for the match as they fell to Chesapeake, 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-20) on Thursday night at Harford Gymnasium.
The Fighting Owls (6-9) totaled 16 errors for the match while tallying just 14 kills on 59 attacks, but the Skipjacks (10-6) did not fare much better as they recorded 18 errors on 59 attacks with 25 kills for a .119 hitting percentage.
Sophomore Claire Sheldon (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace) and freshman Brittany Kaszak (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) were the only Owls on the positive side in hitting efficiency as Sheldon totaled four kills on 14 attacks with three errors for a .071 hitting percentage and Kaszak hit .500 with three kills on six attacks and no errors.
Sheldon also added four digs and one service ace, while freshman Brittany Corbin (Joppa, Md./Joppatowne) led the team with three blocks, two solo and one assisted and freshman Selena Ortega-Marvel (Elkton, Md./Rising Sun) took the main setting duties, tallying eight assists.
Verushka Perez led Chesapeake with seven kills on 11 attacks with just one error for a .545 hitting percentage, while Lexie Holder was just two aces away from a double-double with 14 assists and eight aces.
The Skipjacks got off to an 8-2 lead in set one, but a Sheldon kill set up a five-point serving run behind sophomore Brielle Webster (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace) that saw a service ace and four consecutive Skipjack attack errors to knot the score at eight.
After trading points twice, Chesapeake went on its own five-point run to take a 15-10 lead and would hold that advantage on the way to the 25-15 set win.
Set two once again saw the Owls down, this time 8-4, but Webster came through again and served for six consecutive points after Sheldon’s kill to give the Owls an 11-8 advantage.
Chesapeake, not to be outdone, added a run of their own once again, this time an eight-point affair that saw Harford down by six points, 18-12. It would prove to be too large a deficit as the Skipjacks cruised to the 25-15 victory.
In the third and final set the Owls were down, 2-1, but a Chesapeake service error and two points behind freshman Kelsey Sullivan’s (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) put them up, 4-2. The Skipjacks would tie at five, 10 and 11 points, but a Chesapeake attack error set up Sullivan to serve for another two points, giving Harford a 14-11 lead.
The Owls got up to a 16-12 lead, but the Skipjacks began to chip away with a three-point run, followed by a four-point run to take the lead for good, 19-17.
Harford tied the set at 19 points apiece, but a Harford error followed by a four-point serving run gave Chesapeake a 24-19 advantage. Harford gained a point thanks to a Skipjack service error, but Kyra Ringgold sealed the 25-20 set and match win with a kill from Holder.
The Fighting Owls will take to the road this weekend as they face the likes of Genessee, Mott, CCBC-Catonsville, and host Hagerstown at the BJ’s Embroidery Tournament. Harford kicks off tournament action with a 9:00 a.m. match versus Genessee on Saturday.