K-P volleyball drops marathon third set, match to OABCIG
KINGSLEY — The Kingsley-Pierson volleyball team did their best to try and force a fourth set in their Western Valley Conference match against OABCIG on Thursday, but the Panthers came up just short in the marathon third set, losing 31-29.
“They battled really hard,” K-P Head Coach Torey Hill said.
Things weren’t looking good for the Panthers in the third set as they trailed 18-11 and had to use their second timeout. From there, the team got a spark and went on a run with Karah Hill serving. The team rattled off the next seven points to pull to a tie and force a timeout from their opponent.
“We took a timeout right before that and we just talked about how we needed to just stay on our feet and be ready for anything,” Hill said. “They were kind of getting us on the tips and we talked about just moving with the ball. I thought we did really well with that. I think it was a huge team effort in that stretch. We brought each other up and we were excited. We were working together.”
The teams traded points to 20 then the Panthers scored the next three points on a dump over the net by setter Reagan Vos, a running into the net violation against the Falcons and a kill for Avery Schroeder. Vos ended second on the team with five kills and also had 13 assists while splitting the setting duties with Jorja Howe, who ended with 11 assists.
The Falcons got a point back on a Rylee Krayenhagen kill before a hit into the net by the Falcons brought up set point.
The Panthers were unable to close out the frame as OABCIG scored the next three points to tie the score at 24.
The two sides went back and forth for the next several minutes with some long rallies and good defensive plays by both sides. The Panthers ended with five players in double digits in digs, with those long rallies adding to the total, led by 17 from Howe, who also tied for the team lead in blocks with two alongside Avery Schroeder.
Kingsley-Pierson’s last chance at set point came as Allison Reinking hit the last of her team-leading 10 kills to make it 29-28. Three K-P errors led to the Falcons securing the match as a miscommunication led to a ball dropping to the floor on K-P’s side of the net to tie the score at 29-29, a hit long gave the Falcons match point and a four-hit violation against the Panthers gave the Falcons the 31-29 win.
The Panthers had chances in their first two sets, but fell short in those as well. In the first set, a 5-0 run made it an 18-12 lead for the Falcons as a kill from Alex Schroeder led to a timeout. The Panthers answered for the next four points out of the break to pull to within two, but OABCIG went on a 7-0 run to finish the frame, led in part by a series of ace serves for Alex Schroeder.
The Panthers scored the first three points of the second set, and still held on to a three point lead at 11-8, but the momentum turned in favor of the Falcons after that as they ended up winning the second set 25-20 with a kill from Krista Sibenaller finishing off the win.
Hill said the team is better than their record of double digit losses has shown. The Bound stats website ranks the team’s schedule as the 10th hardest among Class 1A schools. In four of the team’s losses, they’ve earned one set win and they’ve been close to picking up set wins in other matches, including their 31-29 loss to the Falcons.
“We can get some set wins, it’s just now we have to find ways to finish the matches,” Hill said. “I think the more set wins we can get, the more confidence we’re going to get. We also have to make sure that we’re staying loose and we’re gaining confidence as we’re winning those sets. Just making sure that we stay positive all the way throughout the game.”