The Centralia Panthers volleyball team hosted the Montgomery County Wildcats for five games the night of September 24 at Centralia High School.
Though they contested each game, the Panthers lost the varsity and junior varsity sets.
The Panther JV lost 2-1, 25-17 and 25-17, Montgomery County to 25-19 Centralia.
Varsity lost in two sets, 25-12 and 25-16.
Head Coach Rachel Leu of the 6-3 Wildcats said they got what they expected from Centralia, “A very scrappy defense… They’ve always been able to keep the ball in play, which can be very frustrating to a team because every time you swing, they’re still there playing defense.”
When asked to contrast the second set, where Centralia tied the score several times, she said Centralia’s serving improved. “The served tougher in the second and we took a little
longer to adjust to it than we like.”
She said they knew, coming to Centralia, “We were going to face longer rallies, instead of ‘one hit and it will be over,’ and we dealt with it well.”
Contrasting the teams, she said the only difference was Montgomery County’s faster tempo and more senior leadership. “I felt like that was a big difference.”
Leu said there were two players on her radar, Emory Biggs and Ashlyn Crum.
“She’s a player,” Leu said of Crum. “I knew we had to keep the ball away from her.”
Panther Head Coach Sofija Lippmann, said she saw improvement from her 2-6 team against Montgomery County, especially after their 2-0 loss to California the previous evening, 25-9 and 25-8. They were showing more moment and communication, she said.
“Ashlyn did great tonight,” she said when asked who stood out for the Panthers. “She stepped in and set… I just feel that we are a young team that needs more confidence… It’s a growing process, next year we will be better.”
For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.