Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Watervliet High School
Saugatuck High School
Wow! What a match! If you attended you got to see the Panthers battle firsthand. If you were unable to attend you missed a memorable match. The first two games the Panthers struggled with finding their rhythm and gelling on the court. Panthers lost the first two games 15-25, 16-25. In game three the Panthers took the court appearing they were ready to fight back. The Indians were not going to let up and took an early lead 0-5, soon the score was 7-12 but the Panthers started chipping away at the Indians lead. The score became 18-20. The Panthers found their fight and began stringing points together with big blocks, aggressive defense and kills, bringing the score to 23-20. The last point of the game was an ace by Zoe Smith to seal the game win.
In game four there were long rallyâs, big plays by both teams and the teams stayed point for point. The Panthers never gave up the lead but the Indians tied it up the score 19-19. But once again the Panther came up with blocks from Kara Liles and Elaine Koshar to slow down the Indianâs attacks and great Panther defense allowed them to run their offense. The Panthers earned the win 25-20.
With the game wins tied up two to two brought on game five. One again the teams stayed point for point with one another until the score reached 11-9. A controversial scorebook decision caused the Panther to have points taken from them an also the possession of the serve. The decision would give the Indians the serve along with an additional point changing the score 8-10. But the Panthers would not give up without a battle. Both teams were fired up and fully engage in game play! With each play the excitement in the gym continued to build, the score reached 15-15 then the Panthers sealed the win 17-15. Zoe Smith led the night with 13 kills and Kara Liles had 11 kills. Defensively Grace Smith led with 15 digs and Caley Simmons had 12 of her own. Jaelyn Smith had 28 assist and Kara Liles led with 12 blocks.
Jaelyn Pitre 28 assist, 5 kills, 5 digs
Emma Armstrong 8 kills, 2 aces, 6 digs
Kara Liles 11 kills, 1 ace, 1 dig and 12 blocks
Mikalah Clay 2 digs
Zoe Smith 13 kills, 1 ace, 5 digs
Elaine Koshar 1 assist 1 kill, 6 blocks
Grace Smith 6 kills, 1 ace, 15 digs
Emma Yazel 1 kill, 2 blocks
Brenna Langston 3 aces
Caley Simmons 12 digs