Photo by Lori PoteetThe North Montgomery volleyball team came together one final time after a 3-1 loss to Western Boone.
Photo by Lori Poteet

The North Montgomery volleyball team came together one final time after a 3-1 loss to Western Boone.
LINDEN - Slow starts meant the end of the volleyball season for North Montgomery. They never managed to win either of the first two points in any set in a four-set loss to Western Boone in the sectional championship Saturday night, 25-13, 24-26, 25-22, 25-8.

"Our girls have struggled with height at times. But then they came back and they were aggressive again," North Montgomery head coach Jodi Webster said. "I can't fault my team. They fought today."

The Chargers got hands on the ball in an effort to slow Western Boone's high-powered attack down from the start. But for every run the Chargers had, Western Boone had a bigger answer.

"WeBo would go on a lot off a run and we would try to fight back," Webster said. "We just couldn't get our rhythm out there tonight."

After dropping the first set and going down 6-1 in the second, it was time for North Montgomery to pull it together. They called a timeout and narrowed the deficit to 9-6. With senior Megan Warren serving, they went on a 6-0 run to make it 12-9. During the run junior Carhil Cahill was unreal. She had two blocks and a kill in a span of three points that forced a Western Boone timeout.

Action evened back out and Western Boone was able to knot things back up at 19-19 and 20-20. With Western Boone leading 24-23, North Montgomery let a serve go that landed just out of bounds, evening things back up. Lindzy Sabens delivered a kill for the lead and the Chargers went on to win the set 26-24.

The Chargers came out stagnant again in the third set. Western Boone jumped out to an 8-1 lead before a Charger timeout. The lead

extended all the way to 22-12 before North found its rhythm. With the score 24-15, the Chargers went on a 7-0 run highlighted by a kill from Ally French that forced a Star timeout. Western Boone would cap it with a little bump over the net to end it.

"To work all year for this one single day is a big deal," Webster said. "It teaches them a lot about a lot of things that will happen to them in their lives. You know, you may work your tail-end off and you may do all the right things, but there may be that one moment where you just don't make it. And that's how life is. It's hard. It's hard to see my seniors walk out of the gym for the last time."

North Montgomery's energy was drained as they attempted a rally in the fourth set. They never got going, leading to a Western Boone sectional championship.

"I had a tremendous bunch of girls," Webster said. "My seniors have been fabulous role models for everyone. You can't beat what they have given to the program."

North Montgomery graduates four seniors. Western Boone plays Tuesday at Brebeuf Jesuit in the regional. The winner will advance to the two-match Jasper semistate on Saturday.