Panther volleyball strong out of the gate

  • Thursday, September 5, 2013

Macayla LaRose and Kaylee Kemp make a block for the Panthers. PROVIDED

Panther Volleyball is off to a great start this season.
Pinewood brought home a win from its first match last week, easily sweeping the Wilson Hall Barons in three sets (25-21, 25-18 and 25-17). Junior outside hitter Hillary Reaves and sophomore middle hitter Callie Clarke tied for game-high kills with 10 each.    
"I am pleased with the team's effort overall,” Panther coach Eddy Sikes said. “They are a very young team made up of mostly sophomores, and only four returning varsity players from last year.  Not a bad start."
The next match almost resulted in a long ride home from Hilton Head. The Lady Panthers lost two straight sets to the Hilton Head Christian Eagles (24-26 and 19-25). Not liking the feeling of defeat, Pinewood rallied and took the last three sets (26-24, 25-21 and 15-8) for a 3-2 victory.
Sophomore middle blocker Macayla LaRose provided the game high kills of 16 and game high blocks at nine. She also contributed four digs to the win. Sophomore setter Kaylee Kemp ran the offense on the floor, providing 46 assists to the 51 total team kills.
Coach Sikes praised the team for their determination and drive. "The team showed growth and maturity; we are making progress.”
The Lady Panthers also faced SCISA's Class A reining champions, the Cathedral Academy Generals, last week.  In three straight sets (25-19, 25-20 and 25-22) the Lady Panthers took control of the court to earn the victory.  Sophomore libero Lizzy Stephens played solid defense against the Generals’ hard-hitting offense. Stephens Contributed eight digs and one kill. 
The Lady Panthers suffered their first defeat of the season against West Ashley, losing 25-27, 22-25, 25-22, 21-25 to the Wildcats. Macayla LaRose played a tough game in the middle, contributing six blocks and eight kills. Outside hitter Hilliary Reaves provided a game-high 10 kills and a game-high four aces.
"I am proud of this team,” Sikes said. “They are figuring out that a team wins games not individuals."

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