Chargers' VB Win Streak to Four With Win Over Panorama
Updated: Oct 11, 2021
With a large crowd from both communities in attendance, the ACGC volleyball team topped the Panorama Panthers, 3-0, in a WCAC match played on the Panther home court on Tuesday 0f last week. Loud and boisterous student sections added to the atmosphere of the rivalry between the two schools.
The Chargers prevailed with set scores of 25-15, 25-14, and 25-20. The win was the fourth in succession for ACGC, including three straight in WCAC competition. The team's overall record now stands at 12-8 which includes a 4-3 mark in conference play. The Panthers fell to 3-4 in league play and 6-14 overall.
After falling behind at 1-0 the Chargers gained the lead at 2-1 in the first set and never trailed again in its ten point set win. Led by Chloe Largent's five kills in the early going, ACGC built its lead to 15-8. Mercedes Richter had three ace serves to lead ACGC at the serve. Alaina Bunde came up with two kills and a block. The Panthers hurt themselves as they lost five points to net serves and serves and hits that landed out of bounds.
The second set was similar to the first, with Panorama taking a 1-0 lead before ACGC took the lead at 2-1 thanks to an ace serve by Richter. The visitors did not trail again. With ACGC leading at 7-5, the Chargers scored four consecutive points to increase the lead to 11-5. The Chargers maintained the lead throughout the set, with the largest lead being the eleven point margin at the end of the set.
The Panthers played their best volleyball in the final set, as they challenged the Chargers going down the final stretch. With ACGC leading 13-6, a kill by Jaidyn Sellers ignited a Panther comeback. When Kaitlyn Sloss came to the serve for Panorama, the senior had two ace serves during a six point run and the Charger lead dwindled to one point at 13-12.
When Richter gained the serve the Charger lead increased to 18-12 thanks to an ace serve by Richter and two kills by Largent. Panorama once again rose to the challenge and got within one point at 18-17 and again at 20-19.
The final five points for ACGC included two miscues by Panorama including an out of bounds serve and a hit that also landed out of bounds. Kills by Largent and Richter, and a block by Bunde accounted for the other Charger final points.
Richter has emerged as a strong server for ACGC as shown by her 5 ace serves against the Panthers. Largent had 12 kills and Bunde came up with 4 blocks. Other ACGC statistics were not available when this story was posted.
Sellers led the Panther offense with 10 kills, while also coming up with 5 blocks. Tyme Boettcher had 9 digs and 4 ace serves.
ACGC 25 25 25
Pan. 15 14 20