Charleston scores a point during a long rally Thursday night.

Charleston relied on strong hitting at the net, precise passing and effective serves in a straight-set victory over Effingham on Thursday night at Baker gym.

The Trojans (12-4) fought off several strong scoring runs with a few of their own for the 25-19, 25-19 Apollo Conference win. The Trojans took the lead early in both sets and controlled the game for most of the night.

CHS drills a shot for a point in the second set.

“Our game plan for the season has really been about ball control and to make sure that we limit our errors and take care of the ball,” CHS volleyball coach Steve Pamperin said. “When we do that we are able to put a lot of pressure on the opposing team. When we take care of our side and take care of our ball, then that results in a lot of pressure for their team.” 

CHS coach Steve Pamperin delivers some advice to his players during a timeout in the second set of Thursday night’s game.

Katarina Blase played well at the net, delivering several powerful kills.

“Kat played really, really well,” Pamperin said. “When we are able to pass the ball and stay in rhythm, it gives Kat a lot of opportunities, and she is a great force at the net.”

Abby Kallis, who played well at setter through the match, was pleased with the Trojans’ performance a few days after a surprising loss to Newton.

“I think our team played great,” Kallis said. “Everything about it, we were all really consistent,”

Added Hannah Buescher: “Our goal is to just stay positive and to just play as a team and for each other, not for ourselves. We are just going to take it game by game and see where we end up.”