• Keith Hjelle

"No Place Like Home" for Charger VB; Sweep I-35 in Three Sets

"There's no place like home" was one of the themes of the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz." After Dorothy had experienced the travails of the Land of Oz, she was so thankful to return to Kansas that her final words in the film were "There's no place like home. There's no place line home."

One could sense that the ACGC volleyball team was glad to be home after its match at Madrid last week. The Chargers looked comfortable on their home court but ready to get after the Interstate 35 Roadrunners as they swept the visitors in three sets, 25-15, 25-17 and 25-13. There was little doubt about the outcome as the 2-17 Roadrunners (0-8 in the WCAC) were no match for the 18-3 (6-1, WCAC) Chargers. The local girls were business like in their victory over the Roadrunners.

I-35 took an early lead in the first set when it got off to a 4-1 lead before the Chargers took the lead for good at 5-4 with Audrey Stowe at the serve. With the Chargers leading 17-10 Charger freshman Saige O'Brien served four consecutive aces to give ACGC a commanding 21-10 lead.

ACGC never trailed in set number two with numerous blocks by the trio of Alaina Bunde, Chloe Largent, and EmmaKay McClain highlighting Charger play at the net. Five kills by Largent and two by Kylie Young helped the Chargers to its 25-17 win.

The Chargers fell behind early in the final set at 3-1, but took the lead at 4-3 and never looked back in its 25-13 win. ACGC recorded six aces in the finale to complete the sweep. The Chargers recorded a couple of team best for the season in the match. The twenty serving aces recorded by the team represents a team high for the season as does the 94.4% serving efficiency.

Thursday the Chargers will travel to archrival Panorama for its next match. Although the Panthers are only 2-5 in conference play, it's best to throw out the stat book when these two teams take to the court. The rivalry is such that both teams will be keyed up for the match. Varsity competition is scheduled for 7 PM and will be preceded by a junior varsity match at 5 PM. Go Chargers!

Set scores:

I-35 15 17 13

ACGC 25 25 25

Charger statistics: Bold indicates team best

Kills Kill Eff Assts Digs Blocks Serves Serve Eff Aces

Stowe 1 1.000 31 4 0 11-14 .786 5

Bunde 4 .571 0 0 4 0-0 X X

Coffman 1 1.000 1 1 0 8-10 .800 1

Laabs 1 1.000 1 9 0 8-10 .800 2

Largent 21 .543 0 5 3 7-8 .875 1

McClain 0 -1.000 0 0 1 0-0 X X

O'Brien 1 -.500 0 1 3 13-16 .813 5

Young 8 .286 0 4 2 17-18 .944 6

Totals 37 .360 33 24 13 64-76 .842 20

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