Pekin comes from behind to down Columbus
PACKWOOD – Pekin’s varsity volleyball team played one of its most exciting games of the season Tuesday in a 3-2 win over Columbus Community.
The Panthers had defeated the Wildcats 2-0 a little over a week earlier in the Southeast Iowa Superconference Tournament. Columbus has struggled this season, posting an 8-17 record, so it looked like it might be another easy victory for Pekin. Columbus had other ideas.
Pekin won the first game handily, 25-15. Columbus rebounded to take the next game 27-25, and then really put the Panthers’ backs to the wall by following that with a win in game three, 25-21. The Panthers stayed calm under pressure and won game four 25-18, then finished off the comeback with a 15-7 win in the deciding game five.
Ellie Ledger and Maci Gambell tied for the team lead in kills with eight. Ledger added a team-leading five blocks and was 13-14 serving with an ace. Gambell contributed 18 digs and was a perfect 39-39 serving with five aces.
Faith Oostra had six kills to go with four blocks. Whitney Johnson had 18 digs, went 13-15 serving with two aces and added a kill. Kaitlyn Conger had three kills and three blocks. Paige Winn had three blocks and chipped in a 10-11 serving performance with an ace. Haley Gambell had 15 digs, was 12-13 serving with an ace and threw down two kills.
The Panthers will be in action again Thursday when they travel to Riverside to battle the Highland Huskies.