• Keith Hjelle

Chargers VB Slump Ends, Take Two at Ogden

The ACGC volleyball team's mini-slump ended last night with two victories at the Ogden triangular. Last week the Chargers dropped a conference match to Panorama on Thursday and went 2-2 in the CAM tournament on Saturday. The team recovered nicely last night as it beat WCAC opponent Ogden, 3-1 and swept non-conference foe Greene County, 2-0.

The residue of the slump persisted in the opening set with Ogden, as the Chargers appeared a step slow in a convincing 25-13 win for the Bulldogs. In addition, with Jadeyn Carrick out with an injury, the Charger play at the net was not as solid as normal. That changed for the remainder of the match, as the team seemed to "wake up" and improved its play at the net to take the next three sets, 25-17, 25-22, and 25-19 and secure the win.

With the score tied at 15-15 halfway through set number two, the Chargers rattled off four consecutive points to take the lead for good en route to the set win. The third set was closer until ACGC broke a 15-15 tie with four consecutive points to take a lead they would not relinquish. In the deciding set, the Chargers took an early 6-4 early when Chloe Largent put together the best service run of the night, scoring seven consecutive points to give ACGC a 13-4 lead from which the Bulldogs never recovered.

Largent and Olivia Laabs both hit double figures in kills with 15 and 12 respectively, although the team's overall kill efficiency was a less than normal .179. The same duo led the team in digs with 16 for Largent and 13 for Laabs. Audrey Stowe had all of the 36 assists. Savana Fuller led in blocks with five, with Stowe and Largent coming up with four each. Olivia Laabs went 18 for 19 in serve success, while Largent (17-18) and Kylie Young (15-16) also missed only once from the line. Laabs had 5 ace serves, with "G" Hoover and Largent contributing 4 each.

The conference win gives the Chargers a 6-3 WCAC record with one game remaining. Thursday of this week the team will travel to Pleasantville to complete both the conference and the regular season schedules.

ACGC never trailed the Rams in its two set win, taking the first set 25-21 and the second 25-15. Leading by a single point at 17-16 in set number one, ACGC took control the rest of the way to capture the win. The Chargers were never really challenged in the second set in improving its overall season record to 19-9.

Statistically, the numbers are lower since only two sets were played. Largent and Laabs again led in kills with 10 and 6 respectively. Stowe had 20 assists, while Laabs had 6 digs. Fuller had 2 blocks, with Laabs going 9 for 9 from the service line.

Set scores:

ACGC 13 25 25 25 ACGC 25 25

Ogcen 25 17 22 19 Gr Co 21 15

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