Pan­thers sweep In­di­ans in Ch­e­sa­peake show­down


Spe­cial to the Whig

— Per­ryville and North East’s first two matches were tightly con­tested Thurs­day night.

The Pan­thers held off a fo­cused In­di­ans team in the first and third games and com­fort­ably won the sec­ond for a home sweep (25-21, 25-9, 26-24) in Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion vol­ley­ball.

It ap­peared that Per­ryville would win the first game eas­ily as it started with a 10-2 lead be­fore ex­tend­ing it to 18-8 mid­way through the frame, but North East bat­tled back to within two at 23-21 thanks to a 13-5 surge. The Pan­thers set­tled down and scored the fi­nal two points to win the set 25-21.

Af­ter mak­ing ad­just­ments to its lineup be­tween the first and sec­ond games, Per­ryville took the lead early and never looked back en route to a 25-9 win. One rea­son for its strong play was the serv­ing of Erin Mur­phy, who recorded four aces in a 9-0 frame­clos­ing run.

“We made a cou­ple of sub­sti­tu­tions with our out­side hit­ters. In the first set, we made a lot of hit­ting er­rors, so we made a cou­ple of ad­just­ments with some sub­sti­tu­tions,” Pan­thers head coach Matt Borelli said. “The big­gest thing was Erin Mur­phy’s serv­ing. She went on a re­ally long serv­ing run. She’s been do­ing that all sea­son. It was re­ally on point, and that’s what helped us get such a big lead in the sec­ond set.”

Mur­phy cred­ited her team­mates.

“I felt good. I love serv­ing. I think I did pretty well,” said Mur-


phy, who had 19 ser­vice points and six digs. “I think my team did great get­ting the balls back over. They didn’t mess up at all, and that helped me serve more.”

The third game was tight through­out as there were eight ties and five lead changes with the fi­nal lead change oc­cur­ring when Per­ryville went on a 5-1 run to turn an 18-17 deficit to a 22-19 lead.

North East pulled within a point on three oc­ca­sions down the stretch, in­clud­ing as late as 2524, but Gabby Good­now notched the fi­nal kill of the match to give the Pan­thers a 26-24 vic­tory in the third to com­plete the sweep.

“It was back and forth. We made a lot of serv­ing er­rors, set­ting and pass­ing er­rors. What I told the girls is that we didn’t play our best game tonight, but a pos­i­tive to take out of this is we were able to get the win even though we weren’t our best,” Borelli said. “That’s a pos­i­tive to take out of this. We just hung in there.”

In­di­ans head coach Rich Bow­ers liked the way his team played in the first and third games, and he hopes that they can learn from that.

“We com­mu­ni­cated and played smart in the first and third games, and if the kids can take what they did in those two games and re­al­ize that we com­mu­ni­cated and played smart, they make the mis­takes in­stead of us mak­ing them,” Bow­ers said.

The Pan­thers got 24 as­sists from Rose Porch, eight kills, seven digs and five blocks from Gabby Good­now and seven kills and four blocks from Teri Wen­ner­sten.

Mor­gan Mock led North East with seven digs, three kills and two aces, Loren Deaver had six digs, Anna Gam­ble recorded four kills and a block, Madi­son Stitely had four kills and Dei­dra Tay­lor added four aces.

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