Chargers' VB Team Narrowly Misses Title at ACGC Invite
Updated: Sep 20, 2021
ACGC hosted seven other volleyball teams for the annual Charger Invitational on Saturday and bested every team it played until the title match when it lost to Colfax-Mingo, 2-1, with set scores of 21-11, 16-21, and 14-16.
The eight teams were divided into two pools with four teams in each pool. The Chargers were in the black pool along with West Central Valley, Perry, and Colfax-Mingo. Teams in the gold pool inlcuded Audubon, Exira-EHK, Glidden-Ralston, and Nodaway Valley.
ACGC went undefeated in pool play, starting with a 21-12, 14-21, 15-6 win over Colfax-Mingo. The Chargers followed that up with a 21-6, 21-16 defeat of Perry, and completed the undefeated run with a 21-12 and 21-13 victory against Nodaway Valley.
The rematch for the title with C-M stared out well for ACGC, with the team breaking away from an 8-7 lead to score seven consecutive points with Jordan Lemke at the serve. Lemke's service included four ace serves by the Charger junior. and three kills by Chloe Largent going down the stretach.
C-M turned the tables on the Chargers in the second set to take a 21-16 win. With the score knotted at 14-14, a net serve by ACGC gave the Tigerhawks a lead it would hold to the finish.
The third set was a nail biter as there were six ties and four lead changes during the set. The Chargers held an 11-7 lead in the set that would be determined by who scored 15 points first. ACGC held the lead until C-M gained a 12-12 tie, after which Largent's kill enabled ACGC to take the lead at 13-12.
With the score tied at 13 apiece, C-M served the ball out of bounds to let ACGC regain the lead at 14-13 with only one point needed for the win. After a Charger net serve tied the score again at 14, C-M scored the final two points of the set and clinched the win and the tourney title.
Despite the loss, Charger mentor Jen Policky was upbeat when she said, "The girls have come a long way in a short amount of time. The team has shown improvement in their fundamentals which allows us to play much more consistently in system. we play much more aggressively across the front row and use the back row attack more consistently."
Just before the title match the all-tournament team was announced. Largent was named to the team along with Maddox Devault of Nodaway Valley, Kyra Lester of C-M, Jaci Christensen of Audubon, Morgan Van Dyke of C-M, and Mattie Nielsen of Audubon.
With the three wins and one loss the Chargers evened their season record at seven wins and seven losses.