The Valier Panthers dropped a pair of matches last week as they fell to Power and North Star. The Panthers will look to get a pair of conference wins this weekend as they take on Cascade and Sunburst.
Thursday against Power the Panthers dropped the first two games 25-12, 25-22. Valier rallied to take the third game 25-22 but fell in a tight fourth game 27-25 as Power took the win.
Abby Bock led the Panthers with 15 digs, 11 kills and five blocks on the night. Erica Ramsey added seven digs, six kills and two blocks while Skylar Connelly also chipped in seven digs to go with four kills and three aces. Kylie Christiaens led the squad with 11 assists followed by Makenna VandenBos with seven.
Saturday in North Star the Panthers took the opening game 27-25 before the Knights went on to win the next three 25-19, 25-18, 25-15.
Bock again had a strong day at the net with nine kills and 4.5 blocks while also leading the defense with 12 digs. Ramsey followed with six kills and two blocks and Hannah Christiaens totaled three kills and three blocks. VandenBos served up three aces to go with four assists while Kylie Christiaens led with nine assists. Madi Weikum chipped in four assists and earned the Sportsmanship Award.
“It was a great weekend for the varsity,” said head coach Rhanda EagleSpeaker. “Yes, we lost both matches in four games but if you compare those to last year’s matches we had big, big, big improvements. Against Power we fought hard, played scrappy, got our serves over and in and started to read our opponents. I am so proud of these girls for coming together as a team. It was such an exciting game to watch. The match against North Star was just as good. We did have to mix up our lineup a bit with some girls out with a bad cold but that didn’t stop them from coming out strong. I’m so excited that we can mix it up and still have a strong team! Our starters down through our subs are all great athletes and are able to get the job done in whatever position I put them in. North Star has a left handed middle that threw us for a loop but after a couple of adjustments to our block we had her blocked almost every time.”
The Panthers will travel to Cascade on Friday with junior high action starting at 4 p.m. Saturday the Panthers will host Sunburst with games getting underway at 5 p.m.