~ PVN staff report
SHENANDOAH, Sept. 1 — The Page County Panthers fell in three straight sets to the visiting Mountaineers of Madison County during a Bull Run District home opener on Tuesday night.
Page County went almost point-for-point with Madison in the first set, as the action was tied up eight times and no more than five points ever separated the two teams. At one point, trailing 8-5, the Panthers scored eight consecutive points to flip the script and take a 13-8 lead. However, late in the first set, it would be Madison that would go on a run of six consecutive points to go from a 21-15 deficit, to tie the game at 21-21. The score would be knotted up again at 22, 23, 24 and 25, before the Mountaineers broke away to win by two, 27-25.
The second set was almost as close, but Madison found momentum in spurts as Page had trouble putting together runs. The Mountaineers lead the entire way, but never by more than five. Trailing 23-19, Page rattled off three straight points to pull within one, but Madison finished strong and took a 25-22 win.
The third set kept the momentum in Madison’s favor as the visitors went on two runs of six or more points and captured an easier 25-14 win to claim the district match.
Page County lost to Madison last season in the Bull Run District tournament quarterfinals and ended the year at 7-12 after an equally quick exit from the Region B tourney. The Panthers lost some key seniors from a year ago and feature a team of almost all juniors (minus a lone senior and one freshman). Tuesday night showed some solid moments for the Panthers as they went pretty much step-for-step with Madison.
Next up, the Panthers (0-1) will travel to Quicksburg to play Mountain View on Tuesday, Sept. 6, before hosting East Rockingham on Thursday, Sept. 8
Madison County will host Central of Woodstock on Tuesday and travel to Strasburg on Thursday.
For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.
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