Photo by Lori PoteetMegan Warren set the North spikers up all night and they delivered.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Megan Warren set the North spikers up all night and they delivered.
It's a classic rivalry. And this year it went to the Chargers.

North Montgomery and Crawfordsville met on the volleyball court Thursday night and the Chargers won in three sets, 25-18, 25-18, 25-23

"This is a special game every time we play them. The intensity of this match compares to a sectional and the momentum shifts are comparable to a sectional game too," North Montgomery head coach Jodi Webster said. "It's a great thing to have a rivalry like this between the two schools. This is a rivalry with respect."

The Charger offense clicked from the start. They hit the ball hard in the first set and never trailed after the first point. Ally French got her swing tuned in early to lead the Chargers. She finished with a match-high 10 kills.

It looked as if Crawfordsville would answer in the second game. They jumped out to a 9-1 lead, but the Chargers chipped away. They tied it at 13-13 on a kill by French and took the lead on a lifted ball by Crawfordsville. An ace from Tori Martin made it 19-17 in North's favor and stole the rest of the momentum away. She forced an Athenian timeout with another ace that made it 21-17 and the Chargers cruised the rest of the way.

Another comeback was in order for North Montgomery in the third set. The Athenians were in control with a 17-10 lead shortly after a timeout by North. The Chargers went on a 13-3 run to take the 23-20 lead. Crawfordsville grabbed some momentum with a big block by Kim Hampton and Erika Brooks that tied it at 23-23. But North settled with a timeout and took the final two points.

"Hats off to North. They did a nice job tonight," Crawfordsville head coach Kelly Johnson said. "I thought we made some positive adjustments and they worked. We were prepared. We had a great practice yesterday and we were coming off of a win against North Putnam. But we can't be hesitant and when something doesn't work for you, you have to make adjustments and make things happen. It just wasn't in the cards for us tonight."

The comebacks weren't exactly what Webster drew up, but it got the job done.

"I'm impressed with the way the girls came back and fought. This game wasn't won by one person. It was won by an entire team making a difference" Webster said. "All the cogs have to be in line for this to work and the girls did great tonight. "