Lady Panthers bounce back, top Vilo­nia

■ The Ea­gles won the first set, but SSHS ral­lied for a 3-1 win.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - By Gra­ham Thomas Staff Writer gth­omas@nwadg.com ■

Siloam Springs re­bounded from a rough start Thurs­day night to come back and beat Vilo­nia in a 5A-West Con­fer­ence volleyball match.

The Lady Panthers dropped the first set 27-25 be­fore com­ing back and tak­ing the next three with lit­tle trou­ble 25-13, 25-18, 25-11 at Pan­ther Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter.

Head coach Joellen Wright hinted that there might have been a lit­tle car­ry­over of last Tues­day’s dis­ap­point­ing 3-0 loss at Green­wood dur­ing the first game in which Vilo­nia scored more than half of its points on Siloam Springs mis­takes.

“Af­ter the first game I was up­set with how their lack of fo­cus,” Wright said. “So I en­cour­aged them to be the best they can be and pick it up and get it done. Let’s go. This is not who you are. I was proud of them be­cause they re­sponded.”

With the sec­ond set tied 12-12, Siloam Springs got hot and fin­ished on a 13-1 to take the sec­ond set 25-13.

Sopho­more Makenna Thomas and se­nior Reigan Brown had kills to start the run, and Chloe Price and El­lie Lamp­ton had six kills com­bined on the back end as the Lady Panthers tied the match 1-1.

Siloam Springs (8-4, 3-1) jumped out to an 8-4 lead in game three, but Vilo­nia tight­ened things up and pulled within 1413 mid­way through.

The Lady Ea­gles had a ser­vice er­ror on the next play, how­ever, and Thomas and Brown fol­lowed up with back to back kills with Lamp­ton scor­ing an ace for an 18-3 lead.

Maddy Lasater had an ace to give Siloam Springs a 22-14 ad­van­tage and a Price kill set up game point for Siloam Springs. Se­nior Jay­cie Curry’s kill ended the third set at 25-18 and gave the Lady Panthers a 2-1 lead.

Siloam Springs was off and run­ning in game four as Price and Lamp­ton had early kills and Price then served three straight aces for an 8-1 lead.

Kills from Lamp­ton, Katie Ken­drick, Brown and Thomas made it 13-5. Price and Jael Har­ried added two more kills for a 15-7 lead.

Ken­drick and Lamp­ton had one more kill each sand­wiched around a Kelsey Lewis ace, and Rachel Con­rad had three big blocks down the stretch as the Lady Panthers set up match point.

A kill from Abby Kelly on the out­side gave the Lady Panthers the match vic­tory.

Price scored a triple dou­ble for Siloam Springs with 17 kills, 17 as­sists, 11 digs and five aces, while Lamp­ton had 16 kills and 13 digs.

Bud Sullins/Spe­cial to Siloam Sun­day

Siloam Springs se­nior Katie Ken­drick hits over Vilo­nia’s Lainey Wil­son dur­ing Thurs­day’s match at Pan­ther Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter.

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