• Keith Hjelle

Would Trickery Have Won VB Match? Chargers Season Ends at Tri-Center

In Virgil's Aeneid and also Homer's Odyssey the Greeks used trickery to defeat the Trojans of Troy by offering a gift which became known as the Trojan horse. According to the tales, the Greeks retreated from battle with the Trojans and left a large wooden horse as a gift to the city of Troy. However, when the citizens of Troy pulled the giant horse into their city, Greek soldiers poured out of the horse and routed the Trojans, putting an end to the Trojan War. Perhaps the Charger volleyball team needed some trickery to defeat the Trojans of Tri- Center last Thursday in Neola. But it would no doubt take more than trickery to top the Trojans who are ranked seventh in class 2A.

Tri-Center took care of business in defeating the Chargers in three sets, 25-17, 25-17, and 25-11. The defeat in the regional semifinals ended the Charger season with a 21-11 record.

The Trojan trio of Brooklyn Hundt, Olivia Maasen, and Emma McDonald ruled the net area offensively, as the three combined for 39 kills. All three of the Trojans had double figure kills, with Maasen recording 17, McDonald 12 and Hundt 10. On the defensive side, Tri-Center had 86 digs. With a strong offense and defense Tri Center looks like a real challenger in the region four finals on Tuesday, October 30 when they will face BCLUW at a site to be determined. The winner will advance to the state tournament.

Chloe Largent had a good night at the net for the Chargers, as she had 12 kills and a .417 kill efficiency. Once again, Audrey Stowe led in assists with 23. Genevieve "G" Hoover and Olivia Laabs had the most digs with 18 and 10 respectively. Jadeyn Carrick led in serve efficiency as she went 7 for 7 for a perfect score. Largent also perfect from the line, going 6 for 6. As a team the Chargers had a kill efficiency rating of .179 and a serve efficiency rating of 87% (with only one ace serve), neither of which is sufficient to bring down a team the caliber of Tri-Center.

ACGC put up a good effort and turned in a good performance against a quality team. Coach Trevor Irwin saw it the same way when he said, ""The girls came out really strong, and played well throughout the game. Unfortunately we weren't able to capitalize when we were behind the service line and get on any type of runs. The girls did everything they could to succeed. We ended the season playing well."

The 21-10 record for the Chargers duplicates last season's record. Two consecutive years of winning at a 67% rate indicates that the Charger program is on solid ground, and the future is bright with many players returning. Four seniors have finished their volleyball careers with the Chargers including Sara Pauley, Savana Fuller, Jadeyn Carrick, and Genevieve Hoover. Their efforts have been significant in building the Charger program.

Set scores:

ACGC 17 17 11

Tri-Ctr 25 26 25


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