Sep 23, 2022

Lady Panthers beat Goddard, fall to No. 8 Hutchinson

Posted Sep 23, 2022 2:07 AM

By MIKE COURSON
Great Bend Post

Volleyball can be a sport of momentum. Great Bend had a disadvantage in that department for Thursday’s home opener. Not only were the Lady Panthers coming off a big break, but No. 8 Hutchinson (6A) also played the middle match Thursday, rolling over Goddard and beating Great Bend 25-20, 25-13. Great Bend defeated Goddard 25-10, 25-8 to open the evening.

“I think having eight days off was a little rough for us, in trying to get back into the swing of things, getting our bodies back into shape,” said GBHS coach Shelly Duvall. “That's a very quick moving team with Hutch. They're strong. Our girls did great in the first set, stayed with them a little bit, then we just kind of let down on ourselves in the second.”

Junior Makenzie Premer scored a pair of points at the net for a 6-6 score early in the first set against Hutchinson. An ace from junior Paige Thexton put the Panthers ahead 8-6. Trailing 11-10 later, Great Bend got a tip from sophomore Kara Feist to set up back-to-back aces from junior Lauryn Davis to pull back ahead 12-11.

The Lady Panthers led 16-13 with a kill from senior Rylie Duvall and a stuff from junior Sadie Spray, but Hutchinson scored five of the next six points to pull away for the 25-20 set.

A pair of Thexton aces gave Great Bend an early 4-2 lead in set two, and two points from Premer kept the gap at 7-4. It was all Salthawks after that as Hutchinson pulled ahead for good at 11-10, then outscored the Panthers 14-3 down the stretch for the set and match.

“I think it all came down to our passing in the back row,” Duvall said. “We weren't putting ourselves in position to be in our offense. That kills you in the end.”

Great Bend def. Goddard 25-10, 25-8
The Lady Panthers dominated the opening set, getting a tip from sophomore Cassie Ellegood and back-to-back kills from Duvall for a 15-5 score midway through the first set. Macy Nachtigal added an ace and Feist put down a pair of late kills to secure the first set at 25-10.

The Lady Panthers were even more dominant in the second set with consecutive aces from Davis for a 12-3 lead. Premer and Spray served up aces later in the set. Defensively, the front line forced several balls over the end line and Ellegood and Valarie Luna put down big blocks in the middle of the set for points.

Great Bend moves to 9-3 overall on the season. The Lady Panthers play in the Tonganoxie tournament on Saturday.