Volleyball: Charlestown at Christian Academy
CHS JV lost 9-25, 6-25 / CHS Varsity lost 8-25, 8-25, 8-25
Coach Nuxoll: Tonight we played a good CAI team. Our inexperience at watching our hitters and blocking showed tonight. We did not have an answer for #23 their outside hitter or for #11 their middle. Playing against a tough team like that can be frustrating, but I’m proud of how the players didn’t take out their frustrations on each other. Despite the loss, the players stuck together and that was a step in the right direction. Shelby Goedeker showed good leadership tonight and led the team in serve reception.
Our JV team played some really long rallies in the first match, but couldn’t come out on top. We struggled a little with our serving and just couldn’t gain momentum. In the second match we didn’t’ communicate as well as the first match. Again, the players stuck together and didn’t give up.
Charlestown Volleyball at Silver Creek
CHS C-team lost 8-25, 13-25 / CHS JV lost 5-25, 13-25 / CHS Varsity lost 6-25, 7-25, 6-25
Coach Nuxoll: We really didn’t show up to play tonight, and you cannot do that with a team like Silver Creek. Silver Creek has a good team, and I was hoping that we would make them earn a win. We really struggled passing tonight at the JV and the Varsity level. When our passing wasn’t working, we got frustrated and started to hang our heads. We have got to learn that we can make mistakes, but still communicate and play as a team. On a positive note, our Cteam played Silver Creek last week and scored more points against them this week. Brooke Bowling showed hustle while Hannah Vincent passed well in the second set. Tyrah Martin got a block and two service aces to give the JV a tiny spark in the second JV set.
Charlestown Lady Pirate Volleyball hosting Southwestern
CHS JV won 25-22, 25-21 / CHS Varsity lost 10-25, 14-25, 14-25
In the first set against Southwestern, it took us a while to get going, and we allowed their servers to string together several points before we could side-out. We made some mental errors and just let the ball drop between players. When our passing improved, we just weren’t able to put the ball way. In the second and third matches we were about to make small runs, but not enough to gain any momentum. Emalee Craven led the offense with four kills and Danielle Miles contributed two kills. Emalee also was a force at the net with 6 blocks. Shelby Goedeker had five digs to lead the defense.
The Junior Varsity came away with a win tonight. The team played well together and despite a strong comeback by Southwestern in the first set, our girls continued to fight for the win. Allana Brock and Maddie Nuxoll had consistent serving in the first set to help the team earn points along with good passing by Chrissa Ledbetter. In the second set we were down 9-15, Maddie Nuxoll served 11 serves in a row and the team rallied behind her with good net play by Bri Harvey and Kiersten James to earn points.
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Charlestown at Henryville: JV lost 5-25, 6-25 / Varsity lost 13-25, 15-25, 4-25
Coach Nuxoll: Henryville has a solid volleyball program. They have two strong left side hitters and a left handed middle hitter that gave us trouble. We have a small line up and Henryville’s outside hitter took advantage of that. They hit over our block in the beginning of the match and after switching our line-up with taller players we weren’t closing the blocks and our defense had to cover too much area. Emalee Craven led the team with four kills and three aces. Shelby Goedeker contributed 6 digs. We have another tough match at home tomorrow when we play Madison.
We did not put a lot of points on the board tonight during out JV match. I have asked a lot of these girls to play JV and play several minutes at the Varsity level. This is our third match in a row this week, and the girls understandably looked a little tired. Our passing was actually better tonight, but we could not put a ball away and we had trouble getting to some balls on defense. I know these girls will bounce back with a little rest.
CHS JV lost 18-25, 23-25; CHS Varsity lost 7-25, 26-28, 17-25
The Lady Pirate Volleyball Varsity started out lethargic in the first set, making some errors and couldn’t get together. Line-up adjustments were made in the second set and the second group played with a lot of enthusiasm and heart. Charlestown passed better in the second game and that allowed to run an offense; however despite lots of effort, the Lady Pirates lost a close battle 26-28. The third match Charlestown just ran out of gas losing 17-25; as many of the girls in that second and third match, also played in the Junior Varsity match. “I was encouraged about our play tonight. Keeley Couch showed good leadership, and she and Maddie Nuxoll did a nice job of running the offense”, commented Coach Nuxoll. Emalee Craven contributed 15 kills tonight for a solid performance on the front row. “That is the most kills from a single player since I started at Charlestown last year”, continued Nuxoll. “We were able to get her more sets tonight because our passing was better. Shelby Goedeker, Emalee Craven and Chrissa Ledbetter led our passing efforts. Sidney Goedeker, Hannah Vincent, Bri Harvey and Morgan Eldridge also made good contributions tonight. I hope we can carry these improvements into our match against Henryville tomorrow.”
“Overall we played better tonight in both the JV and Varsity matches. The JV started out slow, but started to gain momentum at the end of the set. They carried that momentum over into the second set and lost a nail-biter 26-28. We just had small break downs in passing and serving which is improved from yesterday’s match. I thought overall the play was more consistent. I was also proud of our bench tonight. Some players didn’t get in the match, but showed great team spirit” concluded Coach Nuxoll.
Score line: CHS vs. Jeff
CHS C-team lost 5-25, 11-25; CHS JV team lost 18-25, 11-25; CHS Varsity lost 7-25, 20-25, 12-25.
In our C-Team match up we struggled in the first game with our serve receive. We played better in our second match by communicating more and moving our feet better to get to passes. We did better tonight with making our offense and defensive switches.
Overall our JV team had a solid performance. We had a few mental lapses with some basic fundamentals like passing free balls over the net and breaking down in our passing at times, but for a very young team we are preforming well. We are still learning to control our bodies when on the net blocking, but we are doing better with that also. Hannah Vincent had another all around good night for us, and Maddie Nuxoll got to almost every second ball with her hands which gave the team more opportunities to hit.
No team likes to lose and as a coach and former player I don’t like to lose either, but despite the loss I have more positive than negative things to say. This team have very little Varsity and Club volleyball experience, but they are still showing teams that they can compete. This team works well together and is capable of getting some wins this year. Emalee Craven was our leading offensive threat again tonight and led the team with 9 kills. She also contributed three blocks. Danielle Miles, Alex Chester and Shelby Goedeker also contributed 3 kills each. Although we continue to struggle with our serve reception, our defense helped us stay in the game. Shelby Goedeker led the defense with 5 digs. I was also pleased with no serving errors tonight. We will continue to work hard in practice tomorrow and face two tough conference opponents, Brownstown and Clarksville, this Saturday.