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Region I Volleyball: Chargers fall in region final
By TOM LEISS
Chancellor and visiting Jamestown both faced some stiff competition on their roads to the last night’s Region I final.
The Chargers (18–10) started off slow, but earned Battlefield District regular-season and tournament championships. The Eagles (25–4) did the same in district play, earning the Bay Rivers title.
Last night, Jamestown’s experience won out over Chancellor’s, as the Eagles took advantage of numerous Chargers miscues to secure a 25–17, 22–25, 25–11, 25–16 victory and the region championship.
“It’s been a while since we’ve played a team that’s at this level,” Chancellor coach Bob Walsh said. “We were a little slow today.
“They had three big hitters on the front row and we’re kind of young there, and I think they kind of took advantage of it.”
The Chargers committed 15 hitting errors and eight service errors to aid the Eagles’ cause last night.
Walsh said that can’t happen once you get to this level.
“If you play sloppy volleyball like that against good teams, you’re not going to win,” he said.
Jamestown came out strong in the first game scoring the first seven points to take a 7–0 lead on the serve of Monique St. Cyr.
The Chargers fought back to cut the deficit to 12–11 before St. Cyr reeled off four straight service points as Jamestown pushed its lead to 17–12 en route to a 1–0 lead in the match.
Chancellor rallied in the second game, aided by some strong net play from Shea Sullivan and Janay Frazier to level the match at one game apiece. Sullivan finished the match with 14 kills and Frazier with 13.
The Chargers seemed to have seized the momentum and jumped out to a 2–0 lead in the third game. However, Jamestown went on a nine-point run to take a 9–2 lead.
Chancellor tried to fight back into the game, getting within three points twice, but the Eagles put the game away to take a 2–1 lead.
Jamestown’s momentum carried over into the final game. It never trailed on its way to closing out the match and the championship.
“I thought we had the momentum after that second game,” Walsh said. “Our girls battled hard for that, but then they got nine straight points at the beginning of that third game and we just never recovered.”
On Tuesday, Chancellor visits Region II champion Loudoun County—the four-time Group AA state champion—in the Group AA state quarterfinals.
Tom Leiss: 540/374-5440