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Charger VB Team Resembles Cartoon Characters, and That's a Good Thing!

Back in the 1920'2s Kellogg's Rice Crispies cereal featured three cartoon characters known as Snap, Crackle, and Pop, indicating that the cereal had a lot of zip to it. Watching last night's Charger volleyball match with Madrid, it appeared to this observer that "snap, crackle, pop" could have been the theme for the ACGC team as it played with a lot of zip against the Tigers. Serving had more "snap" to it, attacks were full of "pop", and play at the net really "crackled". In short, the Chargers played with more zip that they had in their most recent matches, and the result was a sweep of the Tigers, 25-12, 25-14, and 25-12.

Statistics on the night seem to bear out this perception. Serving first. The Chargers were 68 of 73 in serve success, good for 93%. But the most impressive serving stat was the 18 aces served up by ACGC, with Chloe Largent getting 7 and Kylie Young 5. Jaydeyn Carrick and Largent were perfect from behind the serving line, with Largent going 16 of 16 and Carrick 15 of 15. Young wasn't far behind at 16 for 18.

Kill efficiency was impressive as well, as the team came up with a kill efficiency rating of .301, its third highest of the season. Largent led with 11, while Carrick and Savana Fuller each had 6. Olivia Laabs was not far behind with 5.

Laabs led the team in digs with 11, while "G" Hoover came up with 7. Fuller was impressive at the net, as she came up with 5 blocks, each of which pumped up the boisterous Charger student section.

Coach Irwin was equally impressed by his teams efforts. "The girls put in a lot of effort last night," he commented. "We had girls diving on the floor after balls and putting in maximum effort. The types of plays the girls showed last night will ideally trickle down through our program and create an aggressive volleyball culture at ACG. We will continue to improve behind the service line. All of the girls are working on one thing or another-consistency, speed, accuracy, topspin and float. As a team, we will continually push to get better from the service line so we can gwt more teams out of system."

The win was one of the most impressive of the season by the Chargers, as they are now into the second half of the season. The win gives the locals a 4-2 record in the conference and a 14-6 record overall. The team will not play again until next Tuesday, Oct. 2 when it travels to new conference member, Interstate 35 High School. The match will be played in Truro.

Set scores

Madrid . 12 15 . 12

ACGC . 25 . 25 . 25

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