CHARLESTON — Effingham couldn't hit it with their best shot this time.
Needing that one big kill to push them over the hump, every Effingham ball was dug out by the Charleston defense or hit out of bounds in an intense 25-19, 25-27, 25-19 Trojans win over Effingham at Baker Gym.
"I thought Chandler Ramey hit pretty well on the outside," said Effingham coach Laurie Bohnhoff. "At key times, she missed a little bit. Throughout, she hit the ball well. I thought a few other kids struggled though."
Ramey led Effingham with 13 kills, but it was the arm of Charleston's Lauren Nadler, who could not be stopped.
Nadler recorded a match-high 16 kills, which included eight kills in the third set to propel the Lady Trojans to the victory.
"I think we had a rotation there that gave her an opening," said Charleston coach Susan Babers. "Every time she hit, she was able to place it around the block."
The third set was tied up at 18-18, but the junior was going to have the last laugh.
Nadler recorded five of the last seven points for Charleston, hitting any open spot she could find.
"We didn't find her, and with a hitter like that, it is key to get on the block," Bohnhoff said."She hit the ball aggressively, and right on the top of her hands. We didn't do anything about it. We have the height to do so. We just need to figure out how to block it."
Mistakes cost the Lady Hearts in the first set.
Hitting errors dug Effingham a hole. The Lady Hearts allowed Charleston to take leads of 12-4 and 15-8. Effingham was able to pull within five thanks to hitting errors on the part of the Charleston offense, and at one point trailed 21-18.
After a Charleston timeout, Paris Babers came out firing with a couple of kills, and Charleston clinched the victory.