Lady Chargers fall in sub state final
Story and photo by Dennis Sharkey
The JCN Lady Chargers Volleyball team’s run at the state tournament fell short in the class 3A sub-state finals Saturday on their home court.
The Lady Chargers were the second seed in the substate tournament and evenually fell in the finals to number one seed ACCHS 21-25 and 22-25.
The Lady Chargers quickly disposed of seventh seed McLouth in the first game of the match 25-14. However, the Lady Bulldogs showed some fight before finally falling 25-11 to the Lady Chargers.
The Lady Bulldogs quickly built a 6-0 lead before Lady Chargers Coach Jeremy Gish called a timeout. Right out of the timeout McLouth shot themselves in the foot when the serve failed to make it over the net. JCN then rattled off five straight points before the Lady Bulldogs stopped the bleeding with a point. JCN eventually tied the score at eight and then never looked back as they strung together 13 unanswered points to pull away 25-11.
The Lady Chargers then had to face third seed Sabetha in the semi-finals.
JCN got off to a slow start in the first game but then went on a 10-1 run to build a 12-3 lead before Sabetha could score again. JCN won the first game 25-14. In the second game Sabetha played with JCN keeping the Lady Chargers within three points before JCN went on a 12-1 run to win 25-11.
The prospect of advancing to state seemed promising beginning game one of the final match against ACCHS. The Lady Chargers jumped out to a 4-0 lead before ACCHS went on a run to lead 4-5. The Lady Chargers came roaring back and extended their lead to three points but could never pull away from the Lady Tigers. ACCHS then built a 17-23 lead, but JCN again came roaring back to get the score to 21-23 before finally falling 21-25.
The second game was even closer with neither team able to build more than a two-point lead early on. With the score tied at 13-13, ACCHS then began to pull away on a 4-0 run. However, JCN players refused to give up and came charging back to get within one score at 22-23, but the Lady Tigers then scored the next two points for the championship.
JCN finished the season at 21-15.
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