Huskies run away from Panthers 3-0
RIVERSIDE – The Panthers have had a rocky road on their way to a 10-13 record this year on the volleyball court.
A few days after coming from behind to defeat Columbus Community at home, the Panthers locked horns with the Highland Huskies in Riverside. The Panthers played the Huskies close in the first game but ultimately fell 25-20. Highland put its foot on the gas after that, though, winning both the second and third games by a score of 25-12.
“[Highland] is a solid, scrappy team, but we made close to errors again tonight, meaning 30 of their 75 points weren’t even earned,” lamented Panther coach Ken Hutchinson. “On a positive note, we played harder tonight than we have all year long. I thought our effort was good enough to beat almost anyone, but our mistakes took us out as soon as we got close or took the lead. We battled back in the third set to take the lead at 7-6 and then a barrage of mistakes took us right out of it again.”
Haley Gambell led the team in kills with five, and added seven assists and 13 digs. Faith Oostra and Ellie Ledger each contributed four kills. Maci Gambell pitched in 19 digs, and Whitney Johnson pitched in 16 digs.
Luckily, the memory of Thursday’s game won’t linger in the minds of Panther players because they’ll have another challenge to confront Saturday morning when they compete in the Mt. Pleasant Tournament.