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VB Team Loses First Match of Season at CAM Quadrangular

The Charger volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday night when it fell to host CAM in a quadrangular meet in Anita. Using a round robin format, the Chargers defeated East Union, 2-1, lost to CAM, 2-1, and came back to win over Atlantic, 2-0.

After losing the first set to East Union, 23-21, the Chargers bounced back to take the second and third sets, 21-18 and 15-13 to claim the victory. ACGC recorded 26 kills in the match, led by Chloe Largent's 11 and Jadeyn Carrick's 8. Audrey Stowe had 22 assists, while "G" Hoover and Olivia Laabs each came up with 10 digs. The Charger serve efficiency was a solid 93%, with Laabs going 13 of 14, Jorja Hoover going 10 for 11, Largent hitting on 9 of 10, and "G" going 8 for 9.

In their second match versus CAM, the Chargers took the first set 21-19, before falling 22-20 and 15-12 in the subsequent sets. The serving was even better, as the team was successful on 49 of 52 serves for an efficiency rating of 94%. Largent went 14 for 16 with 3 aces, while Jadeyn Carrick was 9 for 9, also with 3 aces. However, the number of kills dropped to 21, with kill efficiency at .138 compared to the Cougars' .271. Largent led in kills with 6, while Savana Fuller and Carrick each recorded 5. Stowe again led in assists with 21, while Laabs and "G" had 10 and 8 digs respectively. Carrick and Fuller each had 5 total blocks.

In the final match of the day, the Chargers topped Atlantic is straight sets, 21-5 and 21-18. Serve efficiency reached a season high at 95%, as the team was successful on 39 of 41 serves. Largent went 11 for 11 with 4 aces, while Laabs had 3 aces on 11 of 12 serving. Largent also led in kills with 8, with Laabs having 4. Stowe had 16 assists, while Laabs led in digs with 6, followed by Jorja Hoover with 4. Carrick had 3 blocks in the two set match.

Coach Irwin was pretty upbeat following the matches. "We knew going into the tournament that it was going to be a long night of volleyball, so our goal was to play smooth volleyball with minimal errors," he said. "Our volleyball team played with high energy throughout our matches and we really fought back when we were down. One of our overall goals this season is to play with high intensity every match and that is exactly what we did throughout the tournament. We will continue to work on our system of plays and situations. I see a lot of promise in the girls that we have."

With the two wins and one loss, the team record stands at 4-1 on the season, with a 2-0 record in conference play. The team will resume play following the Labor Day holiday when it will

host Audubon and Woodward-Granger in a triangular meet on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Line scores:

E. U. 23 18 13 ACGC 21 20 12 Atlantic 5 18

ACGC 21 21 15 CAM 19 22 15 ACGC 21 21

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