Barbara Lawlor, Nederland. The Nederland High School volleyball team lost their last two games, but the team is strong and working together, showing much promise for the future. Last Monday, the Panthers hosted Cornerstone Christian and after settling down came up with some strong volleys.
Sophie Anderson had three big service runs, from down 20-24 in the first to take the lead 25-24, and from down 15-19 in the fourth to up 22-19. She also grabbed the first four points on serve in the fifth set. Anderson had 11 digs in 17 attempts and 13 service returns. She converted two of her five kill attempts and had 3 aces.
Breegen McClish had 12 blocks and Karen had nine blocks along with 15 kills.
Lilly Lindstrom had 12 assists and 6 digs, and Hattie Bakke pulled up16 digs.
Mazie Pancoast did a good job of the bench converting all seven of her serves on a night when several girls were struggling serving.
On Tuesday, the girls returned home to host the league leading number four Lyons Lions. Fatigue and the Lyons serving talent were too much for the girls and they got swept in three straight sets quickly.
On Saturday, against Alexander Dawson, the girls played two of their best sets of the season. Although they lost the match, Karen Sorokach, Linnaea Thibedeau, and Breegan McClish all played well up front, hitting and blocking well. The Mustangs had some success with tips, but the Panthers serve return and digging, lead by Hattie and Sophie, was very successful and kept the Panthers close.
“Lily was mixing up where the attacks were coming from and kept Nederland away from the triple blocks Dawson was trying to set up,” says coach Kirt McCracken. “When Freshman Riley Kutscher came in and served two balls in at 25 all in the third set, I thought they were going to extend the match, but Dawson rallied and closed out Nederland.”
(Originally published in the October 16, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)