LaGrange celebrated Senior Day with a pair of USA South wins at Richter Gym on Saturday. The Panthers (14-12, 6-6 USA South) started the day with a 3-0 win over Berea, then capped the day with a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind win over Agnes Scott.
Seniors Emily Arnold and Maggie Ivester were honored before the Agnes Scott match. Ivester got the clinching kill in the Agnes Scott match, finishing with a career-high 22 kills to go with 14 digs. Arnold had 12 kills in each match.
"Today was a special day. We honored our two talented seniors. The team put together an exciting performance for our crowd," said Coach Madison Machurek. "We really appreciate the amount of support we had on senior night. There was a lot of energy in the Richter Gymnasium and these young women rose to the occasion.
"This was the exact momentum we needed going into the conference tournament. I am proud of the them for finishing the regular season strong."
The Panthers started the day by sweeping Berea by scores of 25-22, 25-17, 25-21. Arnold's 12 kills was a match high, while Ivester came within a kill of a double-double. She finished with nine kills and 12 digs. Lauren Sanders had a double-double of 24 assists and 12 digs. Cierra Terry added 14 more digs.
LC took the first set, 25-18, against Agnes Scott. But the Scotties came back to take the next two sets 25-22 and 25-19. The Panthers forced a deciding fifth set with a 25-19 win in the fourth set. In the fifth set, Ivester's kill put the Panthers ahead to stay, 4-3. Leading 14-11, Ivester put the match with a kill off an assist from Saunders.
The Panthers will play Huntingdon in the first round of the USA South Tournament on Tuesday at Covenant College. The LaGrange-Huntingdon winner faces West top-seed Covenant following their match.