Coming into their matchup with the Prairiland Lady Patriots, the North Lamar Pantherettes had yet to really have a complete volleyball game. There was glimpses here and there but nothing concrete. That all changed on Tuesday night.
"The way we finished tonight was the game that I felt all parts of our system were working," head coach Sara Beth Upchurch said after the win. "We were passing well, we were putting up balls to hit and our hitters were swinging away."
North Lamar defeated the number two ranked Lady Patriots in three straight sets (27-25, 25-21, 25-18). The first set was as back and forth as you can get with neither team getting an advantage.
The game took a huge momentum swing in the second set, though. With North Lamar trailing 18-16, coach Upchurch called a timeout to rally her team. The Pantherettes would respond with a 9-3 run to close out the set and take a 2-0 lead.
North Lamar carried that momentum into the third set as they never trailed into final frame. The Pantherettes opened up on a 5-0 run to start the third. The lead would eventually get up to seven, which is were it ended.
Ashley Trenchard and Jerika Johnson led the team with 11 kills in the game. Macie Pointer finished with six while Hutton Pointer had five. From the service line, Kenley Coston was perfect as she finished 17 of 17 with an ace. Jaycie Proctor went 14 of 15 with three aces.
Noel Rainey served nine of 12. It was Emma Layton who went eight for eight with an ace. Macie Pointer was 11 of 12 with a pair of aces while Johnson finished 10 of 12 with four aces.
Coston led the team with 28 assists in the game. She also had seven digs. Layton finished with a team high 11 digs. Proctor and Rainey both had eight digs. Macie Pointer led the team with 10 blocks. Five solo and five assisted. Hutton Pointer had eight with five of them being solo.
The Pantherettes will play in Sunnyvale this Friday evening with varsity starting at 4:30pm.