BY COLTEN STEELE
O’FALLON – The Lady Panthers volleyball team competed against conference opponents, Belleville West, and Granite City this past week.
In a competitive match, the Panthers fell to Belleville West losing the first set 22-25, dominating the second set 25-14, and then falling in the tiebreaker set 25-27. Coach Melissa Massey said, “It was a tough loss for us. The girls worked so hard in the off season and have done so much this season that I’m sure they expected a different outcome of that game. We learned a lot though, and are ready to move forward because there is a ton of season left.”
The Panthers would then travel to Granite City, and sweep both of their sets against the Warriors, 25-9 and 25-16. Because of games being back-to-back this week, the Lady Panthers didn’t get a chance to practice in between games, but Coach Massey said, “The girls wanted some redemption, so they just got together as a team and played very well against Granite City.”
As the girls swept both sets against Granite City, Coach Massey complimented her Seniors by saying, “I tried to sit back a bit that game and let the seniors take more control. They encouraged each other, and battled to get that game in two sets.”
Looking forward to their next opponent, Collinsville, this Tuesday, Coach Massey said, “We have to serve receive better than what we did against Belleville West. We are unstoppable at the net sometimes so once we get our backcourt working, we can really gel as a unit.”
The ladies overall record now sits at 15-3 on the year, 2-1 in the Southwestern conference, and currently ranked 12th in the state according to Maxpreps.