- Keith Hjelle
Chargers Sweep Volleyball Quadrangular; Face Woodward-Granger Next
The ACGC volleyball team remained undefeated in the young season as it topped three opponents in a quadrangular event hosted by the Chargers last night. The Chargers opened the evening with a 2-1 win over class 3A Atlantic before going on to defeat both CAM and East Union by 2-0 scores. The three wins push the season match record to 5-0.
Things didn't start out the way the locals would have hoped, as Atlantic won the first set by a 21-13 score. The Chargers seemed slow to react to the Trojans' offense and also hit numerous balls into the net. Holding a 10-9 lead halfway through the match, ACGC was outscored 12-3 going down the stretch that included a seven point run by the visitors.
The Chargers played better as the match went on. Set two was a close contest, with neither team leading by more than two points until Reese Coffman began her service. With the Charger junior serving, ACGC score four consecutive points to take a 14-10 lead and never trailed again. Although the Trojans did manage to tie the score at 16 and 17, the Chargers earned a hard fought victory at 21-18.
The final set was dominated by the Chargers, as it took the set by a 15-8 score. Atlantic scored the first point of the set, but after that it was all Chargers. This observer's notes find numerous exclamation points by the names of the Charger hitters, indicating strong net play by the girls.
The Chargers had twenty seven kills, with Chloe Largent getting fourteen of them. Audrey Stowe led the team in assists with twenty four, while Olivia Laabs had eleven digs. Alaina Bunde showed strong defense as she led the team in blocks with seven. Stowe led the team in serving as she was ten of eleven from behind the line with three aces to her credit. Kylie Young also had three aces on eight of nine serving. Coffman was seven of eight in serving.
ACGC picked up the pace in its second match of the day when it scored a 21-12, 21-11 win over CAM. With solid defense played by the likes of Stowe and Laabs and strong play at the net by Largent, Young, and Saige O'Brien, the Chargers were never threatened by the Cougars. Stowe led the team in assists with twenty, while Laabs had five digs and Largent came up with ten kills. Stowe was five for five in serving with two aces, while Coffman was seven for eight.
In the final match of the day versus East Union, O'Brien stood out with her serving and Largent turned in another strong performance at the net with fifteen kills to her credit. O'Brien went eleven for thirteen is serving including two aces, while Coffman was a perfect six for six from behind the line. Stowe had twenty one assists and Laabs came up with six digs. ACGC picked up its third win of the day with set wins of 21-12 and 21-14.
The team will be off for a week when the competition gets tougher as WCAC play resumes. The Chargers will travel to Woodward on Tuesday, September 10 to face perennial conference power Woodward-Granger. The Hawks were ranked fourteenth in class 2A in the pre-season rankings before they dropped a match in three sets last night to the other conference powerhouse, Des Moines Christian. The W-G vs. ACGC match will give an indication about how good our Chargers are. A junior varsity match is scheduled for 5 PM with the varsity scheduled to play at 7 PM. Go Chargers!
ACGC 13-21-15, Atlantic 21-18, 8
ACGC 21-21, CAM 12-11
ACGC 21-21, EU 12-14