• Keith Hjelle

Chargers Finish Fourth in Griswold Volleyball Tourney


Despite playing competitive volleyball on Saturday at the Griswold tournament, the AC/GC volleyball team dropped three of five matches to finish in fourth place out of six teams competing in the Griswold tournament. The Chargers saw their six match and fourteen set winning streaks come to a halt when they fell to tourney champion IKM-Manning, 18-21, 23-21, 10-15 in the first round. “We played tough, but not tough enough to win,” commented coach Lyndsey Noe. “We were the only team to win a set against IKM-M.” All tournament selection Makayla Hoing led the team in attacks with 23 attempts and 11 kills, while Chelsea Larsen and Hoing led the squad in serve efficiency as they went 12 of 12 and 9 of 9 respectively. Olivia Laabs led in digs with 15, while Hoing and Genevieve Hoover each had 13. Larsen led in assists with 13 and Mady Smith had 10. In its second round match the Chargers fell to Southwest Valley of Corning in straight sets, 20-22 and 16-21. “That was a tough loss because we were at set point in the first set, but could not finish,” Noe lamented. The Chargers were not as effective as usual in attacks, as their kill efficiency was in the negative range. Mady Smith led in serving, going a perfect 11 for 11, with Hoing, Hoover, and Laabs each contributing 10 digs. The Chargers bounced back with consecutive wins over Heartland Christian 19-21, 21-16, and 15-11 and Riverside of Oakland in a 2-0 match, with 21-16 and 21-14 set scores. In the contest for third and fourth place, the Chargers came up short versus host Griswold 18-21 and 19-21. “At times we played hard against Griswold, but overall we were inconsistent,” Noe concluded. In the Heartland Christian match, Hoing again led the team in attacks with 10 kills in 19 attempts. Mady Smith was a perfect 11 of 11 in serving with 3 aces. Chelsea Larsen had 9 assists and Olivia Laabs had 8 digs. Against Riverside Hoing led the team in attacks with 15 attempts and 7 kills. The team served at nearly 90% efficiency, led by Larsen who went 8 for 8, Hoing at 6 for 6 and Hoover at 5 for 5. Hoover had 9 digs and Larsen led in assists with 6. In their final match of the day against Griswold, Savana Fuller led in kills with 4, while Hoing and Sierra O’Brien led in serving, with each going 8 for 9. Hoing led in digs with 10, followed by Hoover with 8. The team’s overall record now stand at 8-4, and 2-0 in conference play. The Chargers will play at Van Meter tonight (Sept.12) in a WCAC contest, with the freshman match to begin at 5 PM and junior varsity and varsity matches to follow.

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