Thursday evening’s North Montgomery and Crawfordsville volleyball match had all the makings of a toe-to-toe heavyweight bout, and for those in attendance, it didn’t disappoint.

The Chargers came back from a 2-1 game deficit to defeat the Athenians in 5-sets, 18-25, 25-15, 18-25, 25-8 and 15-10.

 “It’s always an exciting rivalry when we play Crawfordsville.” Charger head coach Jodi Webster said. “You know it’s always going to be a competitive match, and it’s going to be about heart—I thought our girls showed a lot of that tonight.”

Crawfordsville took two of the first three sets, winning sets one and three by identical 25-18 scores, while the Chargers took the second set 25-15.

“Tonight’s match was a roller coaster.” Athenian head coach Kelly Johnson said. “It was definitely about momentum, and we couldn’t stop their momentum late.”

North Montgomery dominated the fourth set, behind the service of Kelsey Sabens. She served nine straight points to give the Chargers an 18-5 lead, as they went on to win 25-8 to set up the fifth set.

Crawfordsville jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead, only to see the Chargers storm back to lead 8-5. The Athenians would claw back to an 11-10 deficit only to have North win the last four to clinch the match 15-10.

“I’m proud of what the girls did tonight as a team.” Webster added. “We had a lot of youngsters step up tonight.”

Taylor Jenkins led North with nine kills, while Tori Warren added seven. Taylor Dyson had 23 digs while Kasey Krutzsch and Caroline Turner each had 18 assists. Sabens finished with four blocks and five kills.

The Chargers (4-11, 1-2 SAC) are back in action Tuesday when they host Clinton Central.

Madison Wendelin led Crawfordsville with 12 kills and three blocks. Zoe Walbert had nine kills, while Fabiola Castro had 13 digs to go with 10 from Lilly Bushong. Caroline Schueren had 20 assists.

The Athenians (1-16, 0-2 SAC) will travel to county and Conference rival Southmont on Tuesday. They will look to keep the Mounties from winning the county crown.