Momentum swings play a big part in volleyball, with the team who can gain the momentum most frequently likely to win any given match. Those momentum swings were rare for the AC/GC volleyball team last night, as they dropped a WCAC match 3-0 at the hands of Van Meter on the Bulldog home court.
In the first set the teams traded points early, and with the score deadlocked at 7-7 Van Meter began to gradually pull away and assume a 16-12 lead two thirds of the way through the match before going on to post a 25-17 win.
The Chargers benefited from an impressive momentum swing in the second set when they made a strong run to erase a 19-15 deficit and assume a 23-20 lead to put the Bulldogs on the ropes. Van Meter answered the call by scoring the last five points of the set to win 25-23.
The Chargers appeared demoralized as they headed into set three, falling behind 8-0 at the start of the set and never challenged the Bulldogs, giving Van Meter a 25-16 win and a three set sweep. The loss drops AC/GC’s record to 8-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
AC/GC coach Lyndsey Noe found some positives in the loss when she said, “None of our attacks could find the floor last night. We were swinging aggressively, but Van Meter was defensively sound. They were better at finding holes on our court, which gave them the momentum to win.”
Statistically, the Chargers served with 90% efficiency, led by Mady Smith who was 12 of 12 and MaKayla Hoing who was 10 for 10 in serve success. Hoing also led the team in attack attempts with a season high of 33 resulting in 7 kills. Smith was tops in assists with 7, while Genevieve Hoover and Olivia Laabs led in digs with 20 and 18 respectively.
AC/GC will seek to get back on a winning track on Saturday when it hosts its own invitational tournament on the Charger court. Noe had this to say about the upcoming invitational: “I am looking to play at home this weekend and win our tournament. We’ve had a lot of road games and I think some home court advantage will give us the boost we need to capture more wins.”
Eight teams will participate on Saturday including Audubon, CAM, CR-B, Exira-Elkhorn-Kimballton, Glidden-Ralston, Underwood, and West Central Valley in addition to the host Chargers. Matches are scheduled to begin at 9 AM.
AC/GC 17 23 16
Van Meter 25 25 25
West Central Activities Conference Standings
Conf. Only All
W L W L
DMC 2 0 10 4
Ogden 2 0 7 6
Van Meter 3 1 5 3
ACGC 2 1 8 5
W-G 2 1 9 8
Madrid 1 2 4 3
Earlham 1 3 8 7
Panorama 0 3 3 9
WCV 0 4 0 12