Panthers take second at Edwardsville tourney

BY COLTEN STEELE
WEEKLY REPORTER

Senior Cassie Reno prepares to spike the ball at two Mater Dei defenders during the Tiger Classic Tournament on Saturday. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Senior Cassie Reno prepares to spike the ball at two Mater Dei defenders during the Tiger Classic Tournament on Saturday.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

EDWARDSVILLE – The O’Fallon Girls Volleyball team got off to a hot start in the Tiger Classic Tournament this past Friday and Saturday hosted by Edwardsville.

Friday evening the Lady Panthers won both of their sets against Chatham and Freeburg. Saturday morning they would wake up with their eyes on the prize, taking both sets against St. Theresa 25-14

and 25-12.

As the Lady Panthers kept their win streak alive, Championship pool play had begun.

The Lady Panthers took on Mater Dei in the first round. Unfortunately, the Panthers lost the first match 25-23. But, the Lady Panthers would come up big in the second match of the series, winning 25-11. This would mean that the tiebreaker

between O’Fallon and Mater Dei would have to be played to 15. A strong serving performance by Senior, Imani Williamson, gave the Lady Panthers the edge in the match, winning 15-10, and would move on to the Championship match meeting host, Edwardsville Lady Tigers.

The Lady Panthers met the Lady Tigers in the final match of the afternoon, the Championship. Edwardsville would jump out to an early lead going up 40 on O’Fallon. Senior, Cassie Reno came up huge all day for the Panthers with many kills to keep them close in the match. Edwardsville would jump out to their biggest lead of game one leading 18-10 over the Panthers. O’Fallon would then surge with momentum late in the match. Led by Senior, Imani Williamson serving, the Panthers would then crawl all the way back to tie the match at 23 for each team. The Lady Tigers would then have a key kill to go up one point on the Panthers and eventually take game one 25-23.

Game two of the series was another very hardfought match between the Lady Panthers and Tigers. Very competitive on both sides of the net. This match was back and forth

early for both sides playing phenomenal. Cassie Reno was back again with a more than exceptional performance to keep the Lady Panthers within striking distance. The largest lead of the match was when the Lady Tigers were up 23-17. The Panthers eventually gained their momentum

back and cut the lead to 23-20 being down only three points. A key timeout was taken by Edwardsville, and whatever message that was for the Tigers turned out to be a good one. The Lady Tigers would then win the second and final match of the Tiger Classic Tournament 25-21.

The O’Fallon Lady Panthers took second overall in the tournament, and their overall record still standing tall at 6-1.

Seniors, Imani Williamson, and Cassie Reno received AllTournament honors. The Blue and Gold have much to look forward to this season as they’ve gotten off to a quick start placing second at the Tiger Classic Tournament with an overall record of 6-1.