Wayne Country Day started out hot against Epiphany on Thursday evening, but the Chargers could not close the deal.
The Chargers won the first two sets, but Epiphany came back to win the next three sets and claimed a 20-25, 24-26, 26-24, 25-18, 15-7 victory against Wayne Country Day in non-conference action.
“I just think we came out ready and excited. We did some really good things and some things we haven’t been doing all season. Things are starting to come back together,” Wayne Country Day head coach Haleigh Wilhide said. “I just think we ran out of gas.”
Wayne Country Day started out brilliantly.
Down 5-6 in the opening set, Abbe Harris served up four straight aces that sparked a 16-5 run. Throughout the first set, Epiphany struggled to keep up with the Chargers, but Epiphany discovered its energy in the second set.
“Our serving was on fire,” Wilhide said. “That was huge in the beginning, but Epiphany’s defense adjusted to that too.”
However, the second set was a back-and-forth affair.
The teams traded four ties, and three lead changes before Ja’Kea Brunson’s kill put Wayne Country Day ahead 23-21 and forced Epiphany to call a timeout.
The Falcons stayed within striking distance at 24-24, but the Chargers won two straight points to win the second set.
In the third set, the Chargers took an early 4-0 lead, but the Falcons started to claw their way back into the game and eventually took a 16-15 lead.
Jordin Whitney’s kill tied the game at 16-16, but the Chargers were unable to complete the comeback, and Epiphany went on to win the set 26-24.
“We gotta push. You have to finish and take it home,” Wilhide said. “No running out of gas, and just mentally, you have to stay in it.”
The Falcons flew over the Chargers in the fourth and fifth sets, and after dropping the first two sets, Epiphany snatched the game away from the Chargers.
The Chargers dropped to 2-3 overall and next host John Paul II (2-0) on Tuesday.