Chargers look dominant in back-to-back victories
Wed, 08/29/2018 - 14:20 admin
Brandon Hurley email@example.com
A veteran AC/GC volleyball team appears destined for big things this fall, if the firs two games of the season are any indication, naturally.
The Chargers piled up six straight set wins an a pair of match victories last week, sweeping both West Central Valley on the road and Van Meter in their home opener.
AC/GC, fresh off a 21-win season have welcomed new head coach Trevor Irwin to the program quite nicely. They looked poised and determined while not dropping a single set last week.
The West Central Activities Conference leader began league play with a pair of triumphant victories, though the battle with WCV Aug. 21 wasn’t as easy as the score indicated.
After surging out to a nine-point lead in the opening set, AC/GC allowed WCV to climb back in, twice pulling within three points. But it was the poise of the veteran Chargers that allowed them to take the set, 25-20. AC/GC used a dominant 12-2 run to gain control in the second set, winning 25-16. It was all Chargers for most of the third and final frame as they built a 14-2 lead. The Wildcats refused to lay down, stringing together a 14-7 run to pull within six before eventually falling, 25-17. The Chargers finished the night with 33 kills and sit at 65 kills for the year.
Six-foot freshman Chloe Largent has amassed 27 kills so far (the second best mark in the West Central Conference), tallying 15 in her varsity debut Tuesday, Aug. 21. She answered her breakout performance with 12 more kills in the three-set sweep of Van Meter Aug. 23.
Senior Jadeyn Carrick flanked Largent with eight kills in the opener while Savana Fuller added six of her own.
Van Meter played AC/GC extremely tight in the opening set, forcing a one-point tie break before the Chargers prevailed, 26-24. They’d take the next two sets fairly comfortably, 25-17 and 25-20 to stay unbeaten.
Carrick added nine kills to aid Largent’s 12 attacks, bumping her total to 17 kills on the year.
Olivia Laabs leads the team with five aces and a 94.7 percent serve success rate while Fuller is tops on the team in blocks with eight, four in each win. Laabs and Genevieve Hoover are one-two in total digs, as Laabs has tallied 18 while Hoover comes in at 17. The duo each recorded 13 digs in their sweep of Van Meter. Sophomore Audrey Stowe leads the Chargers with 55 assists, a 9.17 assist per set clip.
West Central Valley dropped another match the following Thursday, a 3-0 loss to Woodward-Granger to drop to 0-2 on the year.
Junior Jenna Merical recorded six kills in the loss to AC/GC in addition to five blocks. The Wildcats mustered just eight kills in their loss to Woodward-Granger, though senior Abigail Speichenger recorded five blocks to push her season total to nine (second in the WCAC).
AC/GC was back in action Tuesday for a tournament at the CAM High School. Results were not available at press time. The Chargers will return home Tuesday for a tournament hosting the likes of Audubon, W-G and Earlham.
West Central Valley hosted Earlham Tuesday night and stay home Thursday to host Glidden-Ralston. The Wildcats travel to Urbandale Tuesday, Sept. 4 for a conference showdown with Des Moines Christian.