Outlasting the Panthers

Special to the JournalSeptember 18, 2013 

Lee’s Summit North used its explosive offensive to overcome mistakes and take down Raymore-Peculiar Sept. 12, 27-25, 23-25, 25-18.

“It was a fun match to watch,” LSN head coach Rhea Moses said. “It was going back-and-forth, back-and-forth on each game and the excitement, the momentum was just going like a ping-pong ball, a tennis ball.”

The two squads battled back-and-forth in the first two sets; the Broncos, (3-2, 2-1) took the first 27-25 and the Panthers (2-2, 0-1) came back to win the second 25-23.

“Lee’s Summit North is a tough team,” Ray-Pec head coach Katie Dowden said. “We’re going to have to get through teams like that to be successful. I knew coming in it was going to be a fight, so I’m really proud of our girls’ efforts and how well they fought to push that third set.”

LSN scored first in the third set on an Anna Demmer kill and never trailed again. Though LSN went out to a 12-8 lead, three errors and a Sarah Perfect kill leveled the third set at 12-12 for Ray-Pec.

Freshman Alex Haffner started a 6-0 run that essentially gave the Broncos the win with a block.

“Alex is a very level headed kid,” Moses said. “She loves the sport, and you can see that in her play. But like I said, she’s very even keel, which is not always the case with a freshman being on our varsity floor. She definitely plays like a veteran player and not like a rookie, and it’s fun to see.”

Mycah Meers followed with a kill, Haffner trickled a shot over the net, Richardson knocked an attack off a blocker out of bounds and Fristoe found the open floor to push the Bronco lead to 24-16. LSN won 25-18 on a receiving error by Brooke Spalding.

“Truthfully, I think when it came down to it in pressure situations,” Dowden said, “I’m looking at half my court are new to varsity and they’ve got four vets on floor, six vets on the floor. That makes a difference. Once we get past that a little bit and we get a couple games under our belt, it’ll be a difference scenario.”

The Panthers used a 6-0 run behind a couple of kills by Abby Goulding early in the first set to go up 8-5, but the Broncos bounced back. Behind a block and kill by Tory Richardson, LSN took a 13-10 advantage.

Goulding led the Panthers on offense with 10 kills.

Ray-Pec survived three set-points and tied the first set 24-24 with a shot by Haley Burdick that Demmer couldn’t control.

Richardson answered with kill, but followed with a hitting error to knot the set at 25-25. The Panthers returned the favor with a service error and Emma Fristoe closed the set with a swiping kill.

A couple of Panther blocks and Bronco errors helped the Panthers get off to a 4-0 start to the second set, but the Broncos used a couple of runs to take an 18-11 lead.

LSN couldn’t close out the second set despite being up 23-21. Three more errors sandwiching a block by Meghan Maher sealed the second set for Ray-Pec, 25-23.

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