Panthers still unbeaten in Val-Co play

The volleyball team knocks off Taft in four games.

INDEPENDENCE -- Central's volleyball team survived a bit of self-imposed adversity and posted a 25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23 win Oct. 3 against visiting Taft.

"The fourth game was good for us," Lady Panthers coach Claudine Mendazona said. "We had a girl out of rotation. We had the wrong girl serve at one point, and (the officials) took back a point we thought we had earned. That put us down 23-22. But we were able to come back and win. That was good for us to be able to come back."

Central's Leigh Anne MacCarthy continued her all-around play, finishing with 31 assists, 13 digs, six kills and four service aces.

"The last few matches, she's really done a good job of seeing the other side of the court," Mendazona said of her sophomore setter.

Chanelle Cossey had 11 kills and four blocks. Rachel Swanson finished with nine kills and served the final two points of the match. Shannin MacCarthy compiled 12 digs.

The Lady Panthers were hot at the beginning, running up leads of 9-1 and 14-4 in the first game.

"We started off strong," Mendazona said. "We had a pretty good margin. Then, I think we relaxed a little. Taft took advantage of that, and they came back a little. I think we lost some momentum there.

"Although we won the first two games, we still had trouble getting the momentum back. The third game, overall, was a struggle for us."

There was far less struggling Oct. 5 when the Lady Panthers rolled to a 25-21, 25-11, 25-18 win at Philomath.

"We really played well at Philomath," Mendazona said. "The score was a little bit tight in the first game, but the girls did a really good job."

Leigh Anne MacCarthy had 17 assists, 10 digs and eight kills. Swanson added 10 kills, and Christine Bansen finished with three blocks. Cossey had 12 digs. Cossey and MacCarthy were a combined 35-35 on serves.

Central, the defending Val-Co League champion, entered the week 7-0 in conference play.

"I don't feel completely great about Tuesday's game, but everybody has a slump here and there," Mendazona said. "You hope to come out of those, and we did at Philomath."


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