LINDEN – North Montgomery played well in their opening set against Covington, who returned all but one player from last year’s 30-5 team, falling in a tight set, 25-17.

However, Charger errors in the second and third sets sealed their fate, as they dropped the match to the Trojans 3-0.

“We had a fantastic first set.” Charger head coach Jodi Webster said. “We came out aggressive and played really well, and then we let it get away.”

North had three leads in the first, the last one coming at 6-5. They trailed just 13-12 before the Trojans went on 5-0 run, behind three kills from Trojan sophomore,  Esther Bridwell, to take an 18-12 advantage.

The Chargers would get as close as 20-17 before Covington ran off five in a row to end it 25-17.

Covington kept the runs going in both the second and third sets as they defeated the Chargers, 25-11 and 25-15.

“I hope it’s first-game jitters.” Webster said. “But, we will learn from this tonight, and we will get better.”

Kasey Krutzsch led North Montgomery with 17 assists, five digs and an ace. Megan Merica finished with eight kills while Mary Jackman had four and Kelsey Sabens had three kills.

Taylor Dyson led the Chargers with eight digs while Lexi Thomas added six.

“I thought our back row was solid tonight, we made some pretty good passes.” Webster added. “He's sever, give Covington credit, they’re a good team—we just made it too easy on them tonight.”

North Montgomery is back in action Thursday when they host the Gophers of Clinton Prairie. Junior Varsity match starts at 6:00.