By Taylor Munce, sports editor
The Lady Panthers prepare for the upcoming match as a team.
The Lady Panthers hit their way to a positive record, finishing the season 8-6, slightly improving on last year’s 7-7 record.The ladies had their final loss against Cochranton on Oct. 30 in the semi-finals of the D10 playoffs.
Despite their losses, the ladies had positive feelings about the season. Claudia Fetzer, senior libero, believes that teamwork and hard work carried the team to semi-finals. “It’s been my best volleyball season yet due to our teamwork,” Fetzner said.
Senior outside hitter Mikayla Balog agrees that this season has been the best of her high school volleyball career. Balog accomplished her personal goal of sixty 60 kills in an entire season.
Cami Reynolds, senior outside hitter, said: “During the season I think we had the skill, but there were times when it was a hit or miss,” she believes that the team had the “push” they needed from Coach Johnson.
The Panthers’ seniors: Mikayla Balog, Carlie Schlosser, Claudia Fetzner, and Cami Reynolds have become integral parts of the team and their losses will be felt by next years’ team. Junior Carmen Kantz and junior Kaylee Mulligan will lead the 2019 team as experienced players.
By Wyatt Fleischer, sports editor
On August 17 the Lady Panthers took to the gym at 6 p.m. to begin the season. The newly polished floors reflected the ceiling’s every detail. “One last time,” said senior Maile Chang.
With the loss of all-state hitter Kenzie Garris and other key players, there were some shoes to fill. The upperclassmen stepped up and took the reins of the 2015 season. The Panthers were playing the Meadville Bulldogs when shining sophomore Haley Hess was stepped on under the net. The event resulted in a sprained ankle and missing six games. A week later senior Becca Siple was removed from the starting line up with cellulitis in the left knee. Siple returned to the Panthers line up and scored a well needed eleven kills against the Union City Bears.
With all of the injuries, the Panther’s starter Kendra Taylor had to take a bigger leadership role. Taylor brought momentum to the court when the energy was needed. And sophomore Payton Brooks stepped up to replace the injured Hess. Brooks brought heighth and grit to their side of the court.
Seniors Maile Chang, Lauren Posego, and Haley Wise are doing damage in all aspects of the game. Posego has been a steady force with an average of eleven kills a game. Chang has been dishing out an average of 22 assists a game. Wise has been showing the younger players great defense with an average of 7 digs a game.
The ladies have new coaches this year with Justin Johnson as head coach and Tim Houck as assistant, and with these changes, the girls’ rotation has been flipped and flopped many times. After hitting the halfway point of the season, though, the rotation seems to be clicking. Senior night was held on Oct. 22 against the Maplewood Tigers, and the girls will be in action again on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Youngsville.