- Keith Hjelle
Charger VB Sweeps in Griswold Tournament; Laabs and Largent Named All-Tourney
It doesn't happen very often that a volleyball team will go 5-0 in matches on the same day. Until yesterday, it had been nearly a year since the Charger team accomplished the feat in its own 2017 invitational tournament. Of course, it isn't very often that a team plays five matches in a day, making the five game sweep in the Griswold tournament even more rare. The Chargers seemed to have found their game once again, after a less that stellar performance in last Tuesday's losses to Woodward-Granger and Audubon.
The Chargers opened play against Denison-Schleswig and knocked off the 3A school, 3-0. According to the Iowa Girls Union website, ACGC topped the Monarchs, 18-21, 21-12, and 15-12.
The Chargers served well in the match hitting on 93% of their serves, wth Olivia Laabs, Audrey Stowe, and 'G" Hoover going 9-9, 7-7, and 5-5 respectively. Chloe Largent had 13 kills, while Audrey Stowe had all 21 Charger assists. The team came up with 47 digs, led by Laabs with 15, with Stowe and Largent each having 8.
The Chargers followed up their initial win of the day with a 2-1 victory over Southwest Valley (Corning). The most impressive stat of the match was the 58 digs that the team produced. Four Chargers reached double figures in digs, led by Largent with 14, Laabs with 13, "G" with 11 and Jorja Hoover with 10. Serving dropped off a bit at 89%, with Stowe the only perfect server at 9 for 9. Largent had 12 kills for the match, and Savana Fuller had 4 blocks.
Round three found the locals topping Heartland Christian in two sets, 21-11 and 21-18. With serving at 92% and six aces scored by the Chargers, the team moved to 3-0 on the day. Jadeyn Carrick led in serving at 11 for 11, with Laabs right behind at 10 for 10 with three aces. Largent had an impressive kill efficiency at 42.9% on 12 kills out of 21 attempts. (Kill efficiency=Kills less Kill Errors divided by Attack Attempts.)
Statistically the fourth game of the day was one of the better performances the Chargers have turned in this season. With a TEAM kill efficiency of nearly 41%, led by Largent's 74%, and a team serve efficiency of 93%, the Chargers topped Riverside (Oakland), 21-15 and 21-13 to claim win number four for the day. Carrick and Laabs both went 11 for 11 from the service line.
In the championship match versus Denison-Schleswig, the Chargers won two of three sets, 25-13, 23-25, and 15-10. With a serving efficiency of 95%, the Charger were 4 for 5 in 90% or better in four of the five matches on the day. Laabs, Largent and "G" were all perfect from the line with 19, 15, and 7 successful serves respectively. Laabs also had three aces. Largent had 10 kills, Stowe 23 assists, and Laabs and "G" had 11 digs each. Jadeyn Carrick led the team in blocks with 5.
Two Chargers were awarded all-tournament honors, as Chloe Largent and Olivia Laabs
were honored for their performances. The five wins upped the season record to 9-3 headed into Tuesday's WCAC match with Earlham on the Charger home court. The junior varsity match is scheduled for 5 PM with the varsity match to follow.