Panthers third in West Allis Invitational

WEST ALLIS – The Plymouth Panthers earned third place in Saturday’s West Allis Central Invitational girls volleyball tournament.

The Panthers won their fiveteam, round-robin Pool A with a 6-2 game record which advanced them to the semifinals. In the semifinals, PHS lost to Delavan- Darien, 26-27, 15-25.

PHS bounced back in the third -place match with a 25-12, 25-27, 15-13 win over Milwaukee Pius.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters placed sixth in the 10- team tourney – losing the fifthplace match to West Allis Central, 27-26, 11-25, 14-16.

Elkhart tied for second in the five-team Pool B with Delavan- Darien and Waukesha North at 4-4 each. In tiebreakers to deter - mine who advanced to the semifinals, EL-G defeated North, 15-8, and then lost to Delavan- Darien, 13-15, which gave Delavan Darien the semifinal berth and sent the Resorters to the fifth-place match.

In pool play, PHS defeated West Allis Central 25-21, 27-26; Whitefish Bay Domincan, 25- 23, 25-16; and Pius, 25-18, 25- 19; and lost to Milwaukee King, 20-25, 20-25.

“We really did well again for this early in the season and I was pleased with many things,” said Panther head coach Peggy Huhn.

“After a hard loss to Delavan- Darien in semifinals, we ended up facing Pius again for third. It was quit a battle and we ended up beating them in three.

“It’s always difficult to beat a team with such a long-standing reputation but then to come back and win again [against Pius] really showed some heart from this team. I was able to really play around with our lineup, making it a true team win throughout the entire day,” said Huhn.

“It is promising to see this group come together so quickly and work as a whole rather than only out for themselves. These are things that are difficult to coach but a blessing to have.”

Plymouth’s statistical leaders were unavailable at press time.

In their pool, the Resorters beat Waukesha North, 25-21, 25-14; and Madison East, 25- 15, 25-16; and lost to Whitefish Bay, 13-25, 17-25; and Delavan- Darien, 15-25, 16-25.

Rachael Flora led Elkhart in kills with 26 and ace serves, seven. Sonia Schubert and Claire Feldmann contributed 11 kills each. Feldmann had a team-high 44 assists. Schubert had six aces.

“We played very well Saturday and were by far the smallest school there,” said Resorter head coach Jim Brown.

“We played well, and with improvement can be a very good team. We have a chance to have a special season but we need to work hard as making the next jump is the most difficult.”

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