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Volleyball slams first win

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By Kristin Beck

The Lady Panthers and new head coach Lynn Eaglin collected their first win of the season, defeating Lloyd Memorial at home Thursday, 3-1.

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“It feels good to get the first win at home,” Eaglin said.

Junior Kelly Layton led the team with 17 kills and four blocks, while fellow junior Karly Prosser followed with eight kills and five aces. Junior Sabrina Young also had five aces, while senior Emily Baker collected 22 assists.

The Lady Panthers fell behind early most of the match, but found a way to battle back and take the win.

The first game started a little sluggishly for the Lady Panthers, as the Lady Juggernauts went on a 5-0 to extend their early lead to 17-9. Carroll County forced a sideout, and Young toed the serving line. The junior scored five straight points for her team, including an ace, forcing a Lloyd Memorial timeout.

The Lady Juggernauts extended their lead back out to five, 23-18, but it would be the last time they would lead the game. Carroll forced a sideout, and senior Brittany Yocum served the Lady Panthers to the win, with help from Layton, whocollected two kills in the sequence.

“They had the jitter bugs the first game, but they stayed calm and collected and pulled it out in the end,” Eaglin said.

The Lady Panthers fell behind once again in game two, 9-3, forcing Eaglin to call timeout. After a sideout at 11-6, Prosser served her team to a tie, 11-11. The girls built confidence off this momentum swing and ultimately took the lead at 14-13 with Baker serving.

The home team could not close out the Lady Juggernauts in three games, as they fell behind 9-3 once again and ultimately fell, 26-24. Eaglin said the girls were in a rush in game three.

Despite being tired in their season opener, the Lady Panthers dug deep in game four and won by their largest margin, 25-18. Eaglin said she was very proud of her team.

“They showed a lot of fight and were able to maintain that fight to pull them through,” Eaglin said.

The Lady Panthers served 86 percent, but had a low serve-receive percentage at 69 percent. Lloyd Memorial had a good outside hitter, and the team took advantage of Carroll’s weaknesses on defense.

“They were court smart because they saw our holes a lot of times,” Eaglin said.

The head coach said the girls still need to work on being in the correct spots on defense. However, overall she felt the team was well-balanced and overcame their errors with hits.