Sep. 15—When their backs were against the wall, the Newton volleyball team never showed that they were in trouble. They stayed true to themselves.
The Eagles won a thrilling, three-set match against Charleston, 23-25, 25-16, 25-21, Tuesday for their eighth win of the season.
Senior Jenna Ochs finished the night with two aces, four blocks, three digs to go along with a flawless hitting percentage. Eight swings, eight kills, zero errors.
"Jenna was great tonight. We have struggled with our middle connection these last couple of weeks," Newton head coach Jill Kistner said. "When we started the season at Effingham, Jenna was fire, and then we lost it a little bit there. Tonight, I felt like Jenna was back again. Her blocking, her hitting. She had eight kills and no errors tonight; that's huge. For a night where our outside hitters struggled, to come away with a win with the hitting percentages that we have, we didn't give up. We found a way to win."
However, Och's brightest moment came with the match on the line.
As she headed back for her serve attempt, little did she know that would end it. Och's serve went off the hands of a Charleston receiver for her second ace and a Newton (8-2) win at Newton Community High School.
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