Panthers improve to 9-0 with sweep of JWP, Medford

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 14, 2002

NEW RICHLAND &045; There were a few anxious moments for the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva volleyball team, but nothing serious.

The Panthers remained undefeated and did not drop a game while sweeping Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton and Medford 3-0 in a pair of Gopher Conference matches last week.

Coach Jackie Schultz admitted being nervous about facing JWP, which the Panthers defeated 15-8, 15-11, 15-13.

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&uot;They have some great athletes,&uot; said Schultz. &uot;We played pretty good and stayed aggressive.&uot;

The Panthers served 98 percent, 80-for-82, with seven aces.

The Panthers jumped on JWP early in game one, taking a 12-3 lead. They trailed 7-2 in the second game. Game three was back and forth.

Individual statistics: Nicole Lonning 20-for-20 serving, three aces, 7-for-9 serve receive; Emily Hagen 14-for-14, nine kills, six blocks, 13 digs; Kalisha Anthony 14-for-14, two aces, four kills, 11 blocks, 14 digs; Erin Anderson 10-for-10, 26 assists, 14 digs; Camille Kyte 13-for-14, two aces, 10 kills, three blocks, 10 digs; Chelsey Quiram 7-for-8, four kills, 13 digs, 12-for-15 serve receive.

Schultz said the Panthers were not at their best while winning 15-9, 15-3, 15-11 at Medford.

&uot;It wasn’t a stellar night for us, but we got the job done,&uot; said Schultz. &uot;Medford has some nice hitters that gave us fits early. Again, we need to play with a little more consistency to play with the tougher teams.&uot;

Game one was back and forth through the first eight points before the Panthers took control.

They took a 6-0 lead in the second and cruised but had to overcome a 6-0 deficit in the third.

Individual statistics: Lonning 7-for-7, one ace; Hagen 5-for-5, two kills; Anthony 15-for-16, two aces, six kills, 10 blocks, seven digs; Anderson 18-for-18, 29 assists, four blocks; Kyte 14-for-14, two aces, 15 kills, seven blocks, seven digs; Quiram 10-for-12, five kills, 11 blocks; Emily Horan 5-for-6; Mollie Flor two kills.

The Panthers, 9-0, face United South Central at New Richland Tuesday.