Panthers keep volleyball record perfect with win
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Panther Valley's Richelle Van Horn waits for the ball as teammate Jamey Mikovich moves in from behind. The Panthers defeated the Spartans for their sixth straight win.
A total team effort powered Panther Valley past North Schuylkill Tuesday night.
Nancy Filer, Panther Valley head coach, did not even have the slightest clue who the individual standouts were on her team.
"The thing is, I never know who's on for the day. Everyday there is someone different pulling the weight. It seems like every day someone new is jumping off of the stat sheet," said Filer.
The Lady Panthers ended up sweeping the Spartans, 3-0. However, the first two sets were much closer than the final score suggests.
In the first set, North Schuylkill took a timeout as they trailed Panther Valley 23-21. The Spartans clawed their way back to finally tie the set up at 24 a piece. Panther Valley persevered to score the next two points to take the first game with authority, as it ended on a powerful ace.
The second set was similar to the first one. North Schuylkill took another time out as it faced game point, trailing 24-18.
Filer looked at her team during the timeout and asked ,"Who's house is this?"
The Spartans strung together a few points, but the Lady Panthers closed out the second set by the score of 25-20.
"We need to bring more intensity to the court. We need to attack the ball and stop watching the scoreboard. We need to keep going, even when we're ahead," Filer said.
Panther Valley took the third set much easier than the first two, by the score of 25-14.
There were many standouts for Panther Valley as multiple girls had solid contributions.
Jamey Mikovich had 11 kills, one assist, and seven digs. Richelle Van Horn lead the Panthers with nine assists. Marley Mikovich lead the team with 10 service points; and added in six digs and three kills.
Other girls with notable contributions were: Jordan Devitt, Kelsey Van Horn, Jess Wiese, Macey Markovich, and Kayla Kashlik.
"We take every game one game at a time. The girls love the gym and the hard work which they're putting in is paying off," said Filer.
"The senior leadership is contagious. The girls are doing a great job of leading by example."
It's a special season for Panther Valley thus far, as they improved their record to 6-0. It's next two games include a test on the road against undefeated Pottsville followed by a home match with rival Tamaqua.