Babers said Effingham was more aggressive than her team. She said Charleston took a passive approach on offense, only trying to get the ball over the net.
Charleston's approach helped Effingham's power hitters to have big games against a small Charleston lineup, as Effingham avoided Charleston's two tallest players – Paris Babers and Lauren Nadler.
“I thought we kind of went outside a ton and took advantage of their size,” Bohnhoff said. “They have two big kids. We just quit hitting toward them and hit to their smaller blockers.”
Three of Effingham's players finished with double-digit kills. Bethany Donaldson finished with 13 kills, Chandler Ramey had 12 and Stephanie Robb had 10.
Charleston was the team it is supposed to be in the second set, Babers said, and was a shell of itself in the two other sets. Babers said her team didn't play up to its potential Thursday, knowing that it could be more competitive against Effingham.
“Charleston came out hitting the ball, making our defense look pretty bad,” Bohnhoff said of the second set. “They played a different game in game two.”
It didn't matter, though, as Effingham took the final set by 10 points on what was the friendlier side of the court Thursday night. Effingham improves to 5-4 this season and 1-0 in the Apollo Conference.
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Charleston	15 25 15Effingham	25 23 25
Effingham: Mitchell (3 digs), Donaldson (5 digs, 13 kills, 2 blocks), Beals (1 dig, 3 kills), Zerrusen (5 digs, 4 assists, 4 kills, 1 ace, 2 blocks), Ramey (4 digs, 2 assists, 12 kills, 2 aces), Totten (12 digs, 27 assists, 3 aces, 1 block), Robb (1 assist, 10 kills, 2 blocks), Fred (11 digs, 1 assist)