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VOLLEYBALL: Lady Panthers post key WVC victory Tuesday

Thursday, October 6, 2011

KINGSLEY -- This season has not gone how the Lady Panthers of Kingsley-Pierson would have liked.

The Lady Panthers' fortunes may have changed Tuesday night in Kingsley.

K-P came out strong in the Western Valley Conference match against OA-BCIG as the Lady Panthers won in four games.

"I finally got the girls back to where we were at the beginning of the season. It was exciting to coach and to watch the girls finally have smilies on their faces again," K-P coach Tiffany Wurth said.

"We knew we could get back to this team. It just took us awhile to solidify the changes we made."

K-P (8-12, 3-1) had almost a week since its last varsity match.

Wurth thought the down-time helped them make necessary changes. Whatever the team did, everything was working for the Lady Panthers in this conference match.

K-P took care of the first two games over the Falcons (13-11, 0-3) but couldn't get a sweep. The Lady Panthers came back in game four to take the match.

In many parts of this match, K-P came up strong.

Net play was dominated by K-P, primarily DeAndra Mahrt. The Lady Panthers totaled 30 kills with Mahrt leading the way with 16. Abbie Edgar hit six kills, Rachel Bird drilled five kills and Keely Collins hit three kills.

Jacque Hoppe set up many of those hitting scores. Hoppe finished with 22 assists, Kylee Green lofted four assists and Mahrt finished with two assists.

K-P also scored at the service line. The Lady Panthers had 11 aces, led by Edgar's four aces. Hoppe had three service aces and Mahrt and Collins served two apiece.

A strong defensive game was also there for the Lady Panthers. Collins led with 16 blocks (six solo). Bird was next with seven blocks (one solo), Hoppe has six blocks and Collins and Green each had five blocks. Mahrt finished with four blocks.

Megan Meister led the defense with 27 digs. Mahrt was next with 10 digs, Hoppe had five digs, Edgar had four digs, and Collins and Green each saved three digs.

"DeAndra had an amazing game hitting and the rest of the front row made changes that we needed to," Wurth said.

"As an entire team, we were more aggressive at the net and with back row attacks. Back row did what they needed to do for us to get the kills needed and Jacque did a good job with her setting. We trusted one another on the court and we were finally one team."

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