|Panthers ‘net’ sweep of Lady Jays|
|Friday, September 27, 2013 12:18 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
St. John’s saw that once again up close and personal Thursday night at Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium, with Parkway being the rude guests in a 25-13, 25-16, 25-11 sweep.
“Every match we play, I see such improvement out of the girls. They are such a great group; they work hard, they maintain a great attitude and they get along so well,” Lady Blue Jay coach Carolyn Dammeyer said. “I play all 15 girls: two freshmen, five sophomores, five juniors and three seniors; and we are getting valuable experience at the varsity level. That is what we lacked at the beginning of the year.”
The Lady Panthers (12-7, 2-4 MAC), who, according to head coach Jeff Marbaugh, have struggled with consistency, particularly in the mental approach.
They found that this night, maintaining that focus through all three sets. They made it difficult for the rebuilding Lady Blue Jays (3-13, 0-6 MAC) to get on any run all night, with the best the Blue and Gold could do was a couple of points here and there.
“We found what we’ve been searching for all season tonight; we haven’t always been able to do that this year. I was pleased that this was the most consistent we’ve been all season,” Marbaugh added. “We kept attacking, digging, getting touches on their attacks, serving well, everything. We showed what we’re capable of doing when we stay focused on our game plan and what we’re trying to get done.”
Leading the way for the home team were the likes of junior Bekah Fischer (4 kills, 2 blocks), freshman Jessica Geise (4 kills, 2 blocks), senior Brittney Claypool (7 kills), senior Alicia Buettner (4 kills), sophomore Madelyn Buettner (4 kills), junior Haleigh DeWyer (11 digs), junior Colleen Schulte (10 assists) and freshman Maya Gerker (8 assists).
“We play such a tough schedule, especially the MAC,” Dammeyer added. “They don’t cut you any breaks when you’re trying to get through growing pains. I am a firm believer that tough competition only makes you better. My hope is that by the time tournament time rolls around, we shall see the results of all our hard work.”
On behalf of the Panthers, Sarah Gehron contributed 14 digs, eight assists and two aces. She got plenty of help from Raegen Bransteter (12 kills, four blocks), Clista Hellwarth (5 kills, 3 blocks), Whitney Rollins (11 assists), Madison Roehm (15 digs) and Paige Hamrick (13 digs).
In junior varsity action, the visitors grabbed a 25-17, 25-23 triumph.
St. John’s hosts Ottoville for a 10 a.m. JV start Saturday, while Parkway plays Marion Local Thursday.