Volleyball: Panthers edge Brenau in second straight five-set match

Volleyball: Panthers edge Brenau in second straight five-set match

For the second straight day, LaGrange College won in five sets, beating Brenau 3-2 on Friday at the CEB Gym. The Panthers won for the fourth straight match; raising their season record to 11-9.

Also, for the second straight day, the Panthers avenged a loss from earlier in the season . Brenau (10-11) beat the Panthers 3-0 in the season opener on Sept. 1.

Katie Covington led the Panthers with her second straight double-double. Covington had 19 kills and tied Crystal Colvin for team honors with 18 digs.

Ashley Corona had 12 kills, while Mary Ann Washichek had nine kills and 11 digs. Erin McKinstery had a double-double of 42 assists and 11 digs.

The Tigers held on to take the first set 25-22. The Panthers fought back from a late four-point deficit to tie the set 22-22 on a kill by Corona. The Tigers came back with back-to-back kills by Melissa Thornton and an ace by Mekenna Cipres to take the set.

The Panthers bounced back by taking the next two sets to go up 2-1 in the match. The Panthers broke a 5-5 tie early in the second set with six straight points. Covington's kill gave them their largest lead, 20-13, and the Panthers went on to a 25-19 win.

The Panthers held a 17-14 lead in the third set before the Tigers ran off five straight points to go up 19-17. The Panthers answered and took a 24-20 lead. Hanging on to a 24-23 lead, the Panthers closed out the set on Hayley LaFontaine's kill down the sideline.

The fourth set was all Brenau as the Tigers evened the match 2-2 with a 25-10 win. The Tigers broke the match open with a 16-1 run to go up 21-6.

In the final set, the score was tied on five occasions before Washichek put down a kill and an 8-7 lead for the Panthers. She finished a 4-0 run with a dink and an 11-7 lead.

Brenau came back to regain the lead. The Tigers scored six of the next seven points to go up 13-12. But an unforced error by the Tigers tied the set at 13.

The Panthers took the lead as Covington put down her final kill of the match. Washichek closed out the win with a service ace to take the set 15-13.