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The Jennings County volleyball team dominated the court on its way to a strong victory against Greensburg on Tuesday night.
The Panthers took the match 25-11, 25-7, 25-20, showing aggressive offense and strong defense.
After getting off to a slow start in the first set Jennings (5-7) looked to its seniors to take control of the match.
“We got off to a bit of a slow start,” Jennings coach Susan Kinney said. “We really hit our stride in the second set, even though I’d still like the girls to play a quicker offense.”
After battling to win the first set, the second set saw Jennings playing at its strongest. The Panthers played aggressively and hustled to balls. They were strong at the net and communicated on the court, leading to a well-rounded team effort.
Greensburg (5-7) came out strong in the third set and jumped to a quick lead over the Panthers. With very aggressive play lead by precision volleys, the Pirates held the lead for the first half of the set.
Led by seniors Emily Ertel and Emma Campbell, the Panthers rallied in the third set and took the lead 18-17. Greensburg was able to tie the Panthers on two occasions but never led again. The Panthers took a 21-20 lead on an Emma Campbell kill, then scored the final four points to end it.
“I played with our lineup to start the third set,” Kinney said. “Our seniors stepped up late like I’d expect from them. They’re getting better at that, and hopefully, they’ll continue to improve.”
Both Campbell and Ertel agreed with their coach, echoing her sentiments.
“I feel like it’s my duty as a senior on this team to help take charge,” Campbell said. “I need to step up in the game when needed and take control and help us put the game away.”
“Each year the seniors are looked up to lead,” Ertel said. “This year it’s our turn for that advice and leadership.”
Ertel recorded 17 kills and two aces, and Kyleigh Nelson had 24 assists and two aces to lead the Panthers. Campbell added five blocks, and Dani Kirchner had 19 digs.
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