Waupun rallies to hand PHS first ECC loss

WAUPUN – Plymouth started strong but was unable to keep the momentum going as Waupun rallied back to win in four sets, 23- 25, 25-18, 25-10, 25-17, in an East Central Conference girls volleyball match here Thursday night.

The loss dropped the Panthers’ ECC record to 3-1. PHS, Waupun and Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) are tied for the league lead.

“It was a hard-played first game. We came out incredibly strong. Waupun chipped away at us and built some momentum as we just held them off for the win,” said Panther head coach Peggy Huhn.

“It was a very emotional roller coaster the rest of the match with many five-point swings each way. We beat ourselves in this match – just way too many errors, not thinking, putting the third ball into the net or out of bounds.

“We had many lift calls that were hard to overcome when trying to build any kind of momentum we can,” said Huhn.

“We need to clean up our game and fine-tune our fundamentals, so that when we get into an emotional match as that one, we can control and maintain the flow of the game.”

Sophie Albert keyed the PHS attack with 11 kills and Emma Grapentine had five. Megan Goeser led in solo blocks with three. Elizabeth Baus paced the Panthers in digs with 23 and Albert had 16.

Baus and Jessica Schumacher were the Panthers’ top servers with 14-for-14 and 11-for-11, respectively. Albert and Baus led in ace serves with two each.

Schumacher had a team-high 19 assists. Albert and Skyler Gosse led in serve reception with 7-for-7 and 14-for-15, respectively.

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