Charles City continues to take bumps, drop straight sets to Essex
Charles City Lady Panthers volleyball team continues to adjust as a developing program as part of its return to athletic competition. A Sept. 5 matchup against the visiting Essex Lady Trojans showed how difficult the rebuild can be in all aspects.
Essex invaded the Panthers Den in the opening sets before the Lady Panthers put forth a modest effort, as the visitors outmatched Charles City 25-6, 25-3, 25-13.
While promise was shown in the first two sets by the hosts, Essex’s power forced Charles City to struggle in returning the ball over the net. A loss of confidence in the deeper parts of the second set could not halt preventable errors.
The third set showed a growing period, as the Lady Panthers returned the ball better. Overall play that was highlighted with an overhead shot by Senior Aysia Wallace during an opening rally ignited the team as well as the fans. But Essex wasn’t interested in feel good stories, putting the final set away with a kill to seal the win.
After the game, Lady Panthers head coach Vickie Williams elaborated on her team’s constant growth and not giving up in the contest.
“Believing that they can do it and going off their defense, we need to just get ready for defense,” she said. “We need to brush up on our defense and we will get it.
“Our set-ups were much better,” the coach continued. “I know it seemed confusing to them, but they are my girls and I want them to learn who they can play with. I am trying to get them to practice with different teammates and that’s how we will continue to get better.”
Charles City’s record drops to 0-4 on the season.