Charleston controlled momentum on the road against Effingham after winning a close second set, but all the momentum it gained went away at the flip of a coin.
Effingham won a coin toss prior to the start of the third set that allowed them to pick the side of the court they wanted to play on, and they picked the side they won the first set on and Charleston won the second set on.
In what turned out to be almost a mirror image of the first set, Effingham controlled the scoreboard, winning the definitive set and the game, 25-15.
Charleston head coach Susan Babers said her team lost momentum by switching sides to start the set, even though she said that shouldn't be an excuse.
“It shouldn't, that's the problem,” Babers said. “I changed the lineup going from the first game to the second game and that got us a little momentum. I would think that would've changed over.”
Charleston jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the second set, but Effingham battled back to tie it 7-7 and after that no team led by more than two points. The third set was different.
Effingham jumped out to a 14-4 lead and only allowed Charleston to come as close as six points during the set, similar to what happened in the first set.
In the first set, Effingham took a 7-3 lead, eventually finishing off a 25-15 win. Babers said her team wasn't ready to play.
“We didn't come off the bus,” Babers said. “We were very lackadaisical. We were standing, not moving.”
Meanwhile, Effingham and its powerful hitters started the game aggressively – a trend that continued throughout the three sets.
“Our passing game came through and that made our hitting look really tough,” Effingham head coach Laurie Bohnhoff said.