GREENSBURG — Saturday was a long day for the North Decatur Chargers, but worth it in the end.
An 11 a.m. start time for the Chargers to face the Southwestern (Hanover) Rebels, continued well into the afternoon after a delay because of the lights in the South Ripley gym going out and five sets of volleyball needed for the teams to determine who advanced to the sectional championship match.
North won the first set 25-21, dropped the next two 25-27, 21-25, and were then able to rally and take sets four and five 25-21 and 18-16.
“The girls played with so much heart and desire throughout the duration of the match,” Chargers head coach Ashley Gauck said. “In previous matches, when we have found ourselves down two sets, we tend to just accept defeat and think we can’t come back. However, the girls kept their focus and fought for every point to get the victory.”
Sarah Bohman was huge for the Chargers totaling a season high 29 kills and 25 digs in the match. In addition, she contributed three solo blocks and two aces.
Erika Kramer was also big at the net with 11 kills, seven total blocks and also adding three aces.
Kara Muckerheide set 114/116 with a season high 44 assists. Kara also totaled 10 digs.
Libero Erica Gauck, serve received well, passing 31/34 and adding 12 digs.
Rounding out our hitters, Olivia Bohman added four kills, Kiara Nobbe had three kills and Paige Howell stepped up and contributed seven kills.
Jesse Closser added nine digs and Maddy Day had seven digs.
The Chargers found themselves with a break until their 7 p.m. meeting, but before that match they had to learn their championship match opponent. Quickly, the South Ripley Raiders disposed of the Austin Eagles.
The Championship was set.
North Decatur faced South Ripley in the Sectional 45 Championship Match and were able to come away with a Sectional Title in four hard fought sets. North won the first set 25-23, dropped the second set 18-25 and then rallied to take set three 25-23 and finally, the fourth set 26-24. The last time the Chargers won Sectional was 2013.
The record for the season now is 19-11 for the Chargers.
“I am so proud of the way these girls played, battled for every point, hustled and never gave up when we would find ourselves down — which happened quite a few times,” Gauck said. “We sat 15-20 in sets three and four but the girls were able to stay focused and fight for every point. You could just tell by watching them, that they all wanted to win. Each and every one of them stepped up tonight and played a key part in winning the Sectional Championship. I can’t think of a group of girls who deserve it more.”
Sarah Bohman once again led the Chargers at the net with 17 kills and defensively contributed 19 digs.
Kramer added 12 kills, six total blocks and two aces.
Rounding out the hitters were Olivia Bohman with two kills, Nobbe added four kills and Howell contributed six kills.
Muckerheide set a perfect 91/91 with 30 assists, contributed three total blocks and served a perfect 10/10.
Erica Gauck added 10 digs, Closser eight digs and Day six digs.
Sarah Bohman, Erika Kramer and Kara Muckerheide were named to the All-Sectional Team and Sarah Bohman was selected as Sectional 45 MVP.
The Chargers now will gear up for another week of volleyball in preparation for regionals. The Chargers will play Christian Academy (New Albany) in Mitchell, Indiana on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Noon.
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