The Chariton volleyball team lost 25-11 in the first set against a solid Albia volleyball team, came back to fall in a close set 25-19, then fell 25-8 to the withering hitting and ace serving pressure of the Dees. The 3-0 loss dropped Chariton to 1-12 on the season.
Albia came quickly out of the blocks in the first set, jumping to a 10-3 lead with kills by Ellie Spurgin and Abbey Griffin and ace serves by Ashley Beary and Emma Wenger.
The Chargers made a run with Albia committing four straight errors to close the score to 13-8, but a dink by Albia setter Alex Beard sent Albia on a 4-0 run with Jenna Gronewold serving an ace and Spurgin scoring on three kills.
Leah Doran stopped the bleeding with a dink kill and followed with another kill to make the score 19-9. Albia’s freshman Sophie Waber scored on a kill, Chariton had a service error, Tanae Thiravong blocked for a point to make it 23-10, Griffin drove a ball into the floor for Albia’s 24th point and Chariton had an unforced error to end the set.
In the second set, the Chargers played much better and Albia seemed to lose focus on their side of the court. Four Albia errors and a kill by Taylor Pennington gave Chariton an early 5-2 lead, Albia came back with a Griffin kill, then committed two unforced errors. An aggressive kill by Avery Hall and an ace serve by Riley Mackey gave Chariton its largest lead at 10-5.
The Lady Dees started to claw its way back into the game behind a kill and an ace serve by Griffin, but a block by Hall, an Albia error and an ace serve by Mackey let the Chargers lead 15-8.
An ace serve by Spurgin followed by a kill by the senior outside hitter cut the lead to 16-11, then Spurgin took over the game offensively, along with Beard at the serving line. Spurgin had four kills and Beard had four ace serves as the Dees roared to an 18-16 lead. Spurgin had two ace serves to make it 21-18, Chariton’s Pennington stopped the bleeding with a kill to make the score 23-19, then Waber and Griffin had consecutive kills to end the set, 25-19.
Read the October 3, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.