“Every time I go up to the line, I want to get an ace,” Lesniewski said. “I’m always nervous, but hopefully I get it in. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t, but I’ve just got to get it in and be positive.”
Renkes added an ace on the next rotation, then Fulton went ahead to stay on an Orion hitting error. A kill by Camerin Huizenga made it 17-15, then a violation on the Chargers pushed the lead to 18-15.
Orion never got closer than two after that, and the Steamers finished out the victory.
Fulton was in much worse shape in the second set, but Lesniewski and Renkes helped the Steamers recover. Still, it was a slow process.
An 8-1 run gave the Chargers a 15-7 lead before a service error ended Baillie McCunn’s six-point run at the service line.
“They had an awesome server, and she kept getting us,” Beiermann said. “After we got past that, we kind of worked our way back up. That server is what had us down there for the longest time.”
Lesniewski delivered back-to-back aces, then moments later, Renkes recorded three in a row.
“I always know when I go back to the line and we’re behind, I have to get my serves over,” Renkes said. “It’s the most important part of the game for me to get my serves over because I just know I have to get it on the ground for my team to get another kill if the pass comes over.”
Despite those points, Fulton still trailed 17-14.
The Steamers made several little runs at Orion, but the Chargers were just two points from forcing a third game when Ashton Lee recorded a kill in the middle.
They just couldn’t shake the Steamers, though.