WEST ALEXANDRIA — The Twin Valley South Lady Panthers’ volleyball team continued its winning ways by defeating Bradford in three sets, 25-10, 25-19, and 25-10 at home.
The Panthers were ranked 12th in the area coaches’ poll going into the game, and remains one of only two teams in Divisions III-IV that are unbeaten, 6-0, at presstime.
South started off the first set with a quick 4-0 run before suffering its first side out, but only after Bradford called its first time out in the game.
The Railroaders matched the Panthers 3-3 until Audrey Chesney scored six straight serve receive points.
Bradford responded briefly with three points of its own, but Chesney opened the floodgates with a barrage of successful serves to end the first set, 25-10.
“It went pretty well overall. We had good defense and we hit well,” senior Madison Wright said after the match. “It’s exciting that we haven’t lost yet and I think I’ve played really well. I made a few mistakes but I feel that I’m getting better.”
The second set turned out to be quite a different game. TVS ran off an early 8-4 lead, but miscues and a stubborn Bradford resistance kept the game rather close throughout the set. Eventually, the Panthers won, 25-19.
“The team seemed to have lost their focus on the second set,” coach Leslie Roberts said. “There were some execution errors that gave Bradford enough momentum to stay with us. We need to eliminate the mental mistakes and we must avoid those mistakes against tougher teams.”
With a 2-0 set lead, TVS regrouped and took care of business. After a big point off a block by Emma Fergus, the Lady Panthers took care of business and had streaks of points without an adequate response from Bradford. The final score was 25-10, giving South its sixth win of the season.
“I did well, but I could have done better,” said junior setter Mylan Crews. “I feel like I’ve distributed the ball well throughout the game. We didn’t do so well in that second set. Usually, we do a lot to get back into focus — but we’re pretty close this year so we know how to build someone’s confidence back up when things are tough.”
“I keep emphasizing over and over that they need to keep focusing on ‘the volleyball moment’ the best they can, and when it is occurring. I think they get the point when I harp on them over and over about consistency. Anytime you are Twin Valley South, having such a good program, there is always a bullseye on our backs,” Roberts said. “But Miami East is still the team to beat in the conference, and we need to continue to rack up the wins in order to position ourselves against them and other tough teams on the schedule to come.”
Twin Valley South was headed to Arcanum on Thursday, Sept. 8. See next Wednesday’s edition for a recap.
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