Defense lifts Panthers over arch-rival Falls


EMMA GRAPENTINE of Plymouth spikes over two Sheboygan Falls players in Tuesday’s volleyball match. – Review photo by Steve Ottman EMMA GRAPENTINE of Plymouth spikes over two Sheboygan Falls players in Tuesday’s volleyball match. – Review photo by Steve Ottman SHEBOYGAN FALLS – Strong defense sparked the Plymouth Panthers to a hard-fought win over arch-rival Sheboygan Falls, 25-21, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, in a nonconference girls volleyball match here Tuesday night.

The win upped the Panthers’ dual record to 9-1.

“I am really proud of the way my team played. They stayed together again and kept their composure in a very tight match,” said Panther head coach Peggy Huhn.

“I think our defense stepped up today. We were picking more balls up on defense and really did well on free-ball passing which allowed us to be pretty dynamic in the front row. If we can continue to do that, we really have quite a few options in our front row – really in almost every rotation.”

PHS had an impressive 88 digs, led by Sophie Albert with 25 and Emily Majerus, 20.

The Panthers’ other statistical leaders included: kills – Albert 14 and Jessica Leider 10; ace serves – Albert six; solo blocks – Cece Huhn and Emma Grapentine, four each; assists – Jessica Schumacher 41; and serve receiving – Majerus 27-for-27.

“Jessica Leider was able to come in for us tonight on the outside and surprise a few people. She has a great aggressive attack and when she gets on top of the ball she is hard to defend,” said coach Huhn.

“I also think our libero [defensive specialist], Emily Majerus, stepped up tonight and was able to get to many more balls on defense than I have seen yet this year.”

Brianna Berg and Emily Brading led the Falcons in kills with 10 each. Morgan DePagter had a team-high 29 assists. Morgan Richter led in digs with six.

“Everyone on the team helped contribute during the match. The girls on and off the court were communicating well,” said Falcon head coach Nicole Widder.

“We had lots of great hustle and lots of good rallies between both sides. We just beat ourselves with unforced errors.”


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