MARYVILLE, Tenn. - LaGrange got its first ever win over Maryville in splitting two matches at a tri-match Saturday. The Panthers (11-12, (3-6 USA South) beat the host Lady Scots 3-1 in a USA South match before losing to Brevard by the same score.
The Panthers had lost 40 in a row to Maryville (13-11, 7-3 USA South), with three of the past four matches decided in five sets. Emily Arnold had a career day in the win. Arnold had a career-best 24 kills, finishing with a .429 attack percentage. Samantha James added 12 kills, while Lauren Sanders had a double-double of 29 assists and 10 digs.
"To say I am proud of these ladies is an understatement. Today we proved to ourselves that we can beat top contending teams in our conference," said Coach Madison Machurek. "Emily stepped it up big time for us offensively. Maryville has a great defense but they just could not stop her. Anyone watching can tell you that she was a force to be reckoned with.
"Our team effort and chemistry was undeniable in our first match. It was one of my favorite coaching moments. I am excited to see what the girls will bring next week on our home court."
LC took the first set 25-21, but the Lady Scots evened the match with a 25-18 second set win. Arnold had five straight kills in the third set to give the Panthers the lead for good, in winning 25-22. The Panthers built a 21-14 lead in the fourth set before holding on to take the match with a 25-23 win. James had the match ending kill for the Panthers.
The Panthers host Huntingdon in a USA South match Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Richter Gym.