• Keith Hjelle

Charger VB Team Tops Ogden, 3-0

It was literally a "hot time in the old town tonight", as the temperature inside the ACGC gym was in the mid eighties with 77% humidity while the Charger volleyball team "warmed up" for its WCAC match with Ogden on Tuesday night. The Chargers stayed "hot" throughout the evening , as they "blistered" the Bulldogs in three sets, 25-14. 25-18, and 25-20.

Leading 7-6 in the first set, the Chargers went on a seven point run with MaKayla Hoing serving to take a 14-6 lead. ACGC extended its lead to 21-10 before Ogden had a mini-run of its own, but it was too little, too late for the Bulldogs in set one.

The second set was somewhat closer, as Ogden held an 8-7 lead when Charger senior Mackenzie Davis took the serve. In perhaps what is the longest Charger run of the season, Davis had the serve for nine consecutive ACGC scores to give the local girls a 16-8 lead. The set, and for that matter, the entire match, featured solid defense with strong play at the net by Savana Fuller, Mady Smith, and Jadeyn Carrick. The Chargers recorded a season high thirteen blocks for the match with Fuller accounting for six and Smith for four. Leadng 24-18, it only seemed appropriate that Davis was at the service for the final point of the set to give the Chargers a match lead of two sets to none.

By the time the third set rolled around, the heat was beginning to take its toll on both teams. Both coaches used all of their timeouts and players were fanning themselves on the court. Early in the set ACGC went on a five point run to lead by a score of 10-5. The teams traded serves throughout the rest of the set, and the Chargers went on to complete the sweep, 25-20.

Hoing again led the team in kills with 7 in 15 attempts. Hoing and Davis were perfect from the serving line, as Hoing went 18 for 18 and Davis was 15 of 15. Six of Davis' serves were aces. As a team ACGC had a serve efficiency of 92%. Olivia Laabs had 13 digs, followed by Hoing with 11 and Smith with 7. Chelsea Larsen led the team in assists with 9.

"We relly did some positive things tonight," coach Noe commented. "I thought we were strong at the net, with a lot of blocks. We also had a good night behind the serving line, and overall did a good job of finishing."

The win improves the overall record to 14-6 and the conference mark to 3-2 for the Chargers, while Ogden fell to 3-2 in the conference and 8-8 overall.

The Chargers will continue their home stand next Tuesday, September 26 when they will entertain defending conference champion Woodward-Granger, beginning at 5 PM with the freshman match.

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