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Panthers take catfight with Lions
Maxwell High's volleyball team paid a visit to Orland on Thursday, and took a very competitive match from the host Providence Christian Lions 25-22, 21-25, 25-21, 25-15.
On paper it looked like it could be a mismatch with Maxwell's six senior out-numbering the seniors on the Lions' roster by five, but without a junior varsity squad the Providence players have gotten more than their share of varsity playing time.
Providence scored the first three points of Game 1, but a pair of Brittney Haywood aces propelled the Panthers into the lead at 8-7.
The game was still anybody's heading down the stretch, thanks in part to a pair of kills floored by Providence's Kayla Tuma, but Maxwell used kills struck by Jenna Powell and Taylor Perry to reach game point, which they earned with a Powell ace.
The Lady Lions continued scrapping in the second game, with lone senior Mandy Edmondson finding floor space for a pair of aces to go up 19-15.
After earning sideout with a Powell kill, Maxwell scored the nest four points with a flurry that featured a kill by Jessie Otterson and two Haywood aces to knot the score at 20-20.
Providence put the needed five points on the board after that, deadlocking the match score at a game apiece.
With Haywood toeing the service line the Panthers used a six point run midway through the third game to pull ahead 14-8, and they never allowed the Lions to get any closer than within three points the rest of the way.
Maxwell put a strong game together in the finale, getting a pair of well-placed tips from Shelen Boyes, and kills by Haywood, Perry and Kaily McKinley to belt them securely into the driver's seat for the win.
"I was impressed with Providence," Otterson said after the game. "We were too relaxed and not pumped up like we usually are. Our hitting was off."
Maxwell coach Dan Gellermann focused on the big picture, saying, "(Maxwell) has improved a lot. They keep it simple by getting serves in and not making many mistakes."
The coach also felt that the Panthers had used up a lot of physical and mental energy in a Sept. 3 loss to Pierce in a five-gamer. "On (Sept. 3) we lost to Pierce and we were happy to play that well."
Tuma led Providence with eight kills, with Edmondson adding six.
Edmonson dealt three aces, Tuma provided a pair and Elizabeth Manthei added one.
Maxwell (1-1) played in Chester on Tuesday and travels to Esparto on Thursday.
The 3-6 Lions welcomed Liberty Christian on Tuesday.
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