October 20, 2009

Huntingdon sweeps Panthers in GSAC match

Huntingdon completed a season sweep of the Panthers, upped its record to 15-9 overall and 4-2 in conference play. The Lady Hawks took the match by scores of 25-16, 25-19 and 26-24.

Sarah Newland led the Panthers with 11 kills, while Anna Byars added five. Kayla Black had 21 assists and two service aces. Crystal Colvin had a team-high 16 digs.

The Panthers took an early lead in the first set. The Panthers led 7-4 before the Lady Hawks reeled off 10 straight points to take the lead for good. The Panthers got as close as 20-14 before Clare Shannon ended the set for the Lady Hawks with a tip.

Huntingdon trailed only once in the second set. The Panthers scored the opening point and never led again. Trailing 12-7, the Panthers scored four straight points. Newland's tip got the Panthers within one, 12-11. The Lady Hawks answered with six straight points and the Panthers never got closer than five the rest of the way.

The Lady Hawks closed out the match with a hard-fought third set win. The Panthers trailed 12-6 in the early going, but fought back. The Panthers got within a point on four occasions before tying the set at 20-20 after a return error by the Lady Hawks.

The Panthers took a 22-20 lead after back-to-back kills by Newland and Hannah Brooks. The Panthers were serving for the set after Byars put down a kill to make it 24-23. But Huntingdon rallied to take the next three points to take the set and the match.

The Panthers host GSAC-leading Maryville on Friday at 6 p.m.