Panorama volleyball drops first two matches of season

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Panorama libero Olivia Richey receives an AC/GC serve as teammate Erica Block watches during WCAC action last season.

PANORA — Visiting AC/GC scored a 3-0 win over host Panorama Monday in WCAC volleyball, winning the match on scores of 25-19, 25-21 and 25-13.

The loss dropped Panorama to 0-2 overall and 0-2 in conference play, as the Panthers suffered a narrow 3-2 loss at Madrid to open the season Thursday.

The Chargers (3-1, 2-0) scored the first five points Monday, but the Panthers rallied to close to within 9-7. AC/GC held only a 15-13 lead when MaKayla Hoing helped score four consecutive points to open a 19-13 margin.

Kennedy Kuta sets the ball as Morgan Johnk prepares to play the pass.

Morgan Johnk recorded a kill at the net and then served four consecutive points as the hosts closed to within 19-18, but the guests scored six of the next seven points to win the first set.

Panorama held a 6-2 lead in the early stages of the second set, but AC/GC slowly chipped away and then used a short 5-1 run to create an 18-13 bulge. The Panthers refused to wilt and fought to within 22-19 but could not overcome the deficit in dropping the set.

The hosts appeared disheartened after the loss and quickly fell into a 10-3 hole in the third set. The Panthers tried to rally, with Brooke Halterman and Nicole Rolfes making key kills, but the defense could not stop the Charger attack and the score moved swiftly to 20-11, from where the visitors cemented the match by scoring five of the final seven points.

Halterman led Panorama with seven kills, with Johnk and Rolfes adding five kills apiece while Kennedy Kuta had three kills and Carson Fisher, Olivia Richey and Hope Wilderman one each.

Kuta had 13 assists, with Richey and Rolfes leading the team in digs with 10 apiece while Erica Block provided four digs and Hannah Woodworth one. Fisher, Halterman, Kuta and Rolfes each had a block in the loss.

Hope Wilderman bumps the ball while Panorama teammates Carson Fisher (left) and Kennedy Kuta (22) await the pass Monday against visiting AC/GC.

Johnk served 13-of-14 with one ace, with Block 11-12-1 behind the line. Woodworth was 8-of-9, Kuta 7-of-7, Rolfes 5-of-7 and Richey 4-of-5.

Hoing had 17 kills and 11 digs for the Chargers while serving 11-13-4. Olivia Laabs was 19-20-4 with 11 digs and Savana Fuller 7-9-4 while Chelsea Larson had 16 digs.

Madlyn Smith also played well, serving 15-15-2 and dishing out 10 assists while making nine digs and recording five kills.

Panorama was coming off a tough 3-2 loss at Madrid. The Tigers won the first set, 25-20, but the Panthers won set two 25-22. A 25-22 final gave the third game to the hosts, but Panorama forced a fifth set by winning game four, 25-18.

Unfortunately the Tigers seized control of the final set early and never let go, racing to a 15-4 win that secured the match.

Erica Blocks serves for Panorama.

Halterman’s 16 kills and 10 from Johnk led the team, with Wilderman adding six kills, Rolfes five and Fisher three. Fisher and Halterman each had five blocks, with Johnk notching three blocks and Kuta two.

Richey had 24 digs, Block and Rolfes six apiece, and Johnk and Woodworth five each. Kuta added 16 digs to her 35 assists.

Rolfes was 19-19-2 behind the serve line, with Johnk 17-18-3, Block 13-16-2 and Kuta 12-13-1 while Woodworth finished 9-12-1 and Richey 4-8-1.

Panorama returns to the court when they play in the Coon Rapids-Bayard Tournament Saturday. The Panthers will host Ogden Tuesday and then compete in the Perry Invitational Sept. 7.

 

 

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