Story and photos by Dominic Baima

The Charleston varsity volleyball team fought hard Thursday at Baker Gym, but couldn’t hold off a strong Effingham team.

“Offensively, they really forced their will on us,” said CHS coach Steve Pamperin.

Freshman Audrey Jacobs attempts to block an Effingham return Thursday at Baker Gym. (Photo/Dominic Baima)

Charleston started strong with a 26-24 win in the first set. Effingham bounced back with a 25-20 win to secure the second set.

In the third set, the score stayed close with Effingham squeaking out a 25-22 win over Charleston.

“We fought and scratched; they just came out on top,” said Pamperin when asked about the close third set.

Charleston will host the Lady Trojan Volleyball Invite on Saturday.

Find more photos from this game here.