Volleyball revived in Charles City; Lady Panthers drop contest to Northumberland
In high school sports, results usually matter on the scoreboard when a contest is over. However, in some rare cases, it’s about the progress of the situation. Such was the cause during an Aug. 28 volleyball home opener for the Charles City Lady Panthers.
Despite falling in straight sets 4-25, 4-25, 4-25 to the Northumberland Lady Indians, the game marked the first time a team was fielded in two years. Enthusiasm and support took the forefront of the contest.
Charles City’s only lead of the night came at the very beginning of the match, as they notched the first point of the contest. But trailing 4-3 in the opening frame, Lady Indian Ashley Burgess converted three consecutive aces to catapult the visitors to a 11-3 advantage. From there, the Lady Panthers inability to set up volleys along with poor returns over the net resulted in the setback in the opener.
First year head coach Vickie Williams talked about the importance of getting the jitters out of the way for her young and inexperienced team.
“I was so happy that they got over their nervousness in their first game,” she said, pointing to only one player who remained from the team dissolved two years ago. “It was their first time playing varsity volleyball. They got over the nerves and I was so proud of them.”
As far as improvement, the head coach emphasized communication and teamwork would be the main factors.
“Our serving, setting, and front line defense are areas we must improve on,” Williams concluded.
Charles City falls to 0-1 on the year.