Panthers win district opener over Generals in three straight sets

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PCHS senior Adryn Martin goes up for one of her four kills at Mt. View on Sept. 5

By Randy Arrington

QUICKSBURG, Sept. 5 — The Page County Panthers volleyball team captured their second win of the season in three straight sets on the road Tuesday night during their district opener with Mountain View.

Seniors Adryn Martin and Destiny Wright — both 5’11” — lead the way for the Panthers at the net. Martin recorded four kills and a block, while Wright had three kills, two aces and a block.

The Panthers rarely left much doubt on Tuesday night, as they won the three sets by seven, eight and then 11 points (25-18, 25-17 and 25-14). However, the Generals jumped out to the lead, 5-0 and 3-0, in the first two sets, respectively.

In the first set, Mountain View would hold the lead until Page tied it at 10-10 and 11-11. When the Panthers pulled away at 12-11, they never looked back and outscored the home team 13-7 the rest of the way.

While Adi Caton may be the youngest player on the squad — as the lone freshman — her backcourt play is big time. Her powerful jump serve resulted in six aces on the night. The freshman also collected a kill.

In the second set, Page County was down 7-3 and played catch up again until tying the set at 13-13. The score would knot up again at 14-14 and 15-15, but when the Panthers took the lead at 16-15, they went on to outscore the Generals 9-2 to close out the second set.

Senior Faith Mason was consistent throughout Tuesday’s match, with two kills, two aces and one block — as was senior Hailey Housden, who posted one kill, two aces and a block. In what was truly a team effort, the play of senior Julia Williams (two kills), sophomore Addyson Wyant (two kills) and senior Carter Umberger (two aces) should be noted as well.

The third set was less competitive as Page lead almost the entire way, at times leading by as much as 12 and winning by 11.

Next up, Page County (1-0 in the Bull Run, 2-4 overall) will host Clarke County (0-1, 1-4) at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, while Mountain View (0-1, 0-5) will travel to Rappahannock (0-1, 3-3) on Thursday night.

For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.



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