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Charger VB Captures CAM Tourney Title

The ACGC volleyball team won the CAM Invitational Tournament in convincing fashion on

Saturday, as they went undefeated throughout the event. The Chargers won two matches in pool play, beating Panorama and Paton-Churdan and went on to defeat CAM in the semifinals and Riverside of Oakland in the finals.

Coach Noe was clearly pleased with her team's performance. "I was proud of the way we bounced back this weekend after the Earlham game last week. The girls practiced hard following that match, and they came out ready to play on Saturday."

In its first pool play match the Chargers topped conference rival Panorama 21-14 and 21-19. The team's kill efficiency was one of the best of the season at 41% with 21 total kills. MaKayla Hoing led the way with 8 kills in 16 attempts, while Genevieve "G" Hoover was successful on 15 of 17 serves with 5 ace serves. Paige Caltrider was tops in assists with 16, while Hoover led in digs with 7.

Paton-Churdan provided the competition in the second round of pool play, a match won by the Chargers 21-11, 19-21, 21-7. The second set of the match was the only set lost by ACGC during the tournament, and the Chargers came back with a vengeance in the third set to capture the match. Hoing again led in kills with 5 in 13 attempts. Olivia Laabs was perfect from the serve line, going 10 for 10, while Mady Smith was a near perfect 14 of 15. Laabs and Hoing each had 9 digs and Smith and Chelsea Larsen led in assists with 6 each.

In the semifinals the Chargers faced host CAM and stopped the Cougars 25-12 and 25-9. The team's kill efficiency, serve efficiency, and successful block totals were higher than season averages, all of which contributed to the win. Hoing led in kills with 5 in 13 attempts, while Smith and Hoover each were 10 of 11 in serving. Smith also had 4 ace serves in the match and led the team in assists with 7. Hoing had 7 digs and Jadeyn Carrick led in blocks with 4.

In the championship match the Chargers were pitted against Riverside of the Western Iowa Conference. The local girls were sharp in the finals, winning by scores of 25-20 and 25-23. With kill efficiency at 40% and serve efficiency at 92%, the Chargers were able to hold off the challenge. Hoing was tops in kills with 11 in 17 attempts and was also perfect from the serve line at 10 of 10. Laabs and Smith were also 100% from the line at 9 and 7 respectively. Chelsea Larsen led in assists with 13, followed by Smith with 11. Hoing, Hoover, and Smith led in assists with 9, 8, and 7 respectively.

Both MaKayla Hoing and Mady Smith were named to the all tournament team. It was their second all tournament honor, as they were also named at the ACGC tournament.

"This is exactly what we need going into the final week of competition before the post season starts," Noe commented. "The success this weekend is a result of all the girls contributing, and I am proud of each and every one of them."

The tourney wins gives the Chargers a season record of 18-8 overall, with the WCAC mark at 3-3. Next action will be Tuesday, Oct. 10 when the team will host a triangular with Madrid and Coon Rapids-Bayard. The match with Madrid will figure in the WCAC standings, while the CRB match is a non-conference match. The varsity matches will begin at 5 PM with ACGC vs. Madrid, followed by Madrid vs. CRB and then ACGC vs. CRB. The junior varsity teams will also compete in the practice gym beginning at 5.

Coach Noe emphasized that this event is the Guthrie County Relay for Life Coaches vs. Cancer game. "This year's event is a Childhood Cancer Awareness Rally, so gold is the color for the night," the Charger mentor said. "Regardless of who you're rooting for on the court, come support the kids and the cause and wear gold."

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