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Lady Chargers rally past Essex

by Tom Chillemi

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Varsity Lady Chargers Danielle Montgomery (left) and Jamie Davis run a “stack” during Monday’s win over Essex. Montgomery fakes the hit while Davis delivers the spike past a defending Lady Trojan.
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Lady Charger Hayley Guess (right) won this battle at the net in Monday’s victory over Essex. (Photos by Tom Chillemi)

The Middlesex Lady Chargers rebounded from a first game loss on Monday to defeat visiting Essex in four games in a non-district match.

Middlesex had some jitters in its opening game of the season and lost to Essex 26-24 in overtime. Serving hurt Middlesex in the first game but improved in each of the next three games.

The Lady Chargers then defeated Essex 25-17, 25-22 and 25-23 to claim the match victory.

“The girls really pulled it together and worked well as a team,” said first-year varsity coach Jennifer Harrow. “They put their hearts and effort into winning. They talked well and hustled.”

“Jamie Davis had a great game all around. She hit well and dug up a lot of hard, well-placed hits and tips,” said Harrow.

Maggie Hall also “had some nice digs.”

Ashley Figg “moved well on the court, getting the ball for sets.”

Danielle Montgomery and Hayley Guess “put up a strong defense at the net.”

Even with the tight games, all players were able to help out in the victory, said Harrow.

Maggie Hall served for 10 points (3 aces), and had 2 digs, a kill, and an assist; Jamie Davis served 8 points (2 aces), and had 6 digs, 5 kills, and an assist.

Danielle Montgomery served 9 points (2 aces), and had a dig, 2 kills, 2 assists, 2 solo blocks, and a double block.

Hayley Guess also served for 9 points (2 aces), and had 2 kills, an assist, a solo block, and a double block.

Ashley Figg had 6 points (3 aces) and 2 digs.

Also for Middlesex, Kelsey Hainley, 3 kills, 6 points (4 aces); Megan Payne, 3 kills, 3 assists, a solo block; Ashae Burnett, a kill; and Caroline Davis; 2 points.

Middlesex hosts W&L tonight, August 28, and travels to Lancaster on Wednesday, September 3.

Junior varsity games start at 6 p.m. and are followed by varsity games at 7:30 p.m.

posted 08.29.2008

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