Sophomore middle blocker Hannah Monroe digs up an attack in a previous contest this season. 

The Valier Lady Panthers won their lone match last week as they beat Simms 3-2 in a roller coaster conference game.

The Panthers were dominated in the opening game 25-8 before coming back to take a tight 25-23 victory in game two. Valier won the third game 25-20 but couldn’t keep the momentum in their favor and fell 25-13 as Simms forced a deciding fifth game. The Panthers jumped out to an early lead and took the final game, and the match, 15-13. 

Hannah Monroe and Erica Ramsey each recorded double digit digs with 12 and 11, respectively followed by Kinley Kovatch and Skylar Connelly with eight apiece. Kovatch led the offensive attack with seven assists, four kills and four aces. Kylie Christiaens also dished out seven assists while Ramsey and Monroe each tallied three kills. Madi Weikum led the Panthers with six aces in the win. 

“Having only one match last week, and it landing on Saturday night, made for a long week of anticipation for our team,” said head coach Kadie Briggs. “Offensively we were not as strong as we normally are, but we relied heavily on our scrappy, not always pretty, ability to keep us alive in this game. For us, we will take the ‘W’ and keep working on areas that seem to catch up to us at times.”

Briggs highlighted the serving and serve receive game of Weikum as well as Monroe and Ramsey for keeping the ball alive off of the Tiger attack.

“As a coach I am glad that we are getting more depth from the team as a whole,” said Briggs. “Especially when we need to collectively come together.”

The Panthers are back in action this week as they travel to Sunburst on Thursday and Dutton/Brady on Friday. High school action tips off at 6 p.m. both evenings. 

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