Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The South Iron Lady Panthers Varsity Volleyball team cruised past the West County Lady Bulldogs in three straight sets on Tuesday. However, the JV team didn’t have as much luck and lost 2-0.
The Varsity Panthers came to play on Tuesday. They dominated and made their presence known in their third win of the season. They won the first set 25-9, the second 25-16 and the third 25-15.
Maddie Ayers led the squad in kills with 16. She also added ten digs and nine service points. Megan Lashley was just behind with 14 kills of her own. She led the Panthers in digs with 13, service points with 14 and also had three aces. Enzley Dinkins picked up three aces as well. She also put together eight kills, 19 assists and six digs.
Drew Gayle led the team in assists with a whopping 23. She also racked up ten kills and 11 digs. Lexie Bollinger contributed 12 service points that included two aces. She had five assists and nine digs as well. Anna Parker finished the match with nine digs and an 88% serves received percentage.
“I was very proud of my girls tonight. We started strong and stayed strong throughout the match,” Head Coach Megan Williams said. “We attacked well and were aggressive behind the service line which were two key factors to our success.”
That moves the Lady Panthers to 3-1 on the season. They are a tightly-knit group that is going to continue to grow together and improve throughout the season.
The JV Lady Panthers didn’t have the same success. They lost the first set 25-22 and the second 25-14 and drop to 0-4.
Raelyn Hamilton led the team in kills with six and picked up eight digs, as well as two service points. Tamiya Burse had five kills and led the team in digs with 14 and service points with eight. Emmy Gayle had ten digs, three kills and four assists. Emma Niehaus led the team in assists with six and also picked up seven digs.
The next challenge for the Varsity Lady Panthers comes in the SEMO Dig For Life Challenge where they will play three matches in two days. That begins on Friday, September 10th. The JV squad will have to wait until the 14th to get back in action when they run up against Park Hills Central.