Lady Pirate Volleyball Tops Eastern and Lanesville
Charlestown, in a three game stretch plus a Saturday Invitational this week, dispatched MSC foe Eastern (Pekin) (25-17, 25-19, & 25-18) Tuesday evening; then sweeped Lanesville (25-14, 25-20, & 25-11) Wednesday evening. The Lady Pirates (8-9 and 4-2 MSC) will travel to Salem Thursday for an important MSC clash; a game that will be broadcasted live on www.CPPSB.com by Pirate Pride Sports beginning at approximately 7:15 pm. “I was proud of the focus my team had tonight against Lanesville. We passed better and did a better job of getting into our defensive positions. We also made good decisions at the net. We played aggressive when the ball was on the net, and made good choices if we were out of system”, commented Lady Pirate Head Coach Tammy Nuxoll. Charlestown got balanced offense Wednesday evening with Kaia Reid and Emalee Craven each having 11 kills and Kiersten James adding 10 kills off of 30 assists from Maddie Nuxoll. Emalee Craven had a good serving night having 22 service points, 11 in a row in the third set, and four aces. The Lady Pirate defensive was led by Kaia Reid, who finished with 16 digs, Chrissa Ledbetter added 12.
Concluding Tuesday win over Eastern, Coach Nuxoll summarized the game, “I am always happy with a win, especially a conference win. We struggled with our passing tonight early in each set, but were able to maintain our composure to get ourselves back in the match and steadily move ahead. We tried to run a few plays tonight, so I was glad to see the girls gaining some confidence to try something new”. Kaia Reid led the Charlestown offense Tuesday evening with 12 kills, while Kiersten James had 9 kills off of 27 assists from Maddie Nuxoll. Maddie finished Tuesday with 21 service points and five aces. The defense was led by Kaia Reid with 12 digs and Chrissa Ledbetter contributing 11.
The Charlestown Lady Pirate Junior Varsity also defeated both Eastern (25-13 & 25-12) and Lanesville (25-18 & 25-15); improving their record to (7-5 & 3-1 MSC).
The Lady Pirates will now attempt to carry this week’s momentum into Thursday’s conference match at Salem.