Prep volleyball roundup: Panthers defeat Junction City

INDEPENDENCE - Early-season frustration from the Panther volleyball team was taken out on Junction City at home Sept. 10, when they won in three sets 25-19, 25-10, 25-21.The Panthers were led up front by middle blocker Catherine Cutsforth and outside hitter Paris Orin. Setter Julia Kenyon provided the hitters with opportunities and they were supplemented by the serving of Ashleigh Barry, who had five aces during the match. Photo by Landon Kafka Kenyon "The Junction City match was a positive note for our team," Central coach Claudine Mendazona said. "We held off some of their rallies and were able to do the things we wanted to."The talent on the Panther team also comes with some strong personalities, said Cutsforth. That is fine when things are going well, but can be difficult to manage when games and matches start to get away. "It's really all mental for us. We need to be more consistent and stop giving up long scoring rallies to other teams," Cutsforth said."We are beginning to cooperate a lot better on the court, which is helping us execute our plays," Orin said. "We know we need to cooperate to become a strong team and win games."The Panthers couldn't carry the momentum into Thursday's match against Scappoose, where they were downed in four sets followed by an unsuccessful Saturday at the North Marion Tournament, where they once again matched up against Scappoose in the first round of bracket play and were defeated 25-16, 20-25, 15-10."We didn't start the tournament out very strong, but I was happy with how the girls came back and played a strong match against Scappoose," Mendazona said. "We were playing well in the third game but we couldn't close it out." Cutsforth and Julia Kenyon had a combined 11 kills during the match, and sophomore setter Kylie Nash had 16 assists."It's a learning experience for some of the players, but the veterans know what they need to do and it comes down to working harder if we want to compete against the strong teams in the conference," Mendazona said.This week will be that test when the Panthers take on of the best teams in the conference, Cascade, Thursday night at home. PERRYDALE Perrydale stayed undefeated in Casco League play by taking down Veritas in a hard fought five-set match (14-25, 25-23, 25-10, 20-25, 15-12) on Sept. 10. The Pirates followed that up with a sweep of Jewell Thursday, 25-8, 25-19, 25-13. They will continue league play this week against Casco League rival St. Paul on Thursday. FALLS CITY/KVCS The Mountaineers had an excellent week on the court as they defeated C.S. Lewis in three sets 25-16, 25-18, 25-19 on Sept. 10. They carried that momentum into a matchup against Crosshill Christian and won the 5-set match 25-20, 25-9, 25-27, 20-20, 15-13.Falls City now finds itself 2-2 in the Casco League and tied for fourth.


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