Delta downs Cowboys

By Wayne Crick

This story was omitted last week and in fairness to our readers it has been included in this issue of the DCI.

Delta senior Emily Baier had a monster day with 16 kills against Gunnison on Sept. 15. Baier had 40 attacks and got 16 hits to fall for a .300 hitting percentage against the Cowboys. The Panthers had to play hard against the Cowboys and managed to win in three sets 25-21, 25-15 and 25-12.

Delta held an 8-2 lead early in the first set only to have the Cowboys rally back for a 16-11 edge after 10 service rotations. Senior Shelbi Ledesma held her service until the score was tied at 16-16.

Baier's service rotation gave the Panthers a 24-20 lead and eventually the winning point came on Gunnison's serve making the final score 25-21.

Second-set play was somewhat easier for the Panthers with Emily Nortnik's nine services producing a 23-12 lead late in set two.

Delta went on to win the second set, 25-15, and take a 2-0 advantage in the match.

Nortnik's service in set three led to a 7-3 lead for the Panthers.

The service of Harlee Roberts was good for a 14-5 lead and Ledesma pushed the lead to 20-10 before the Panthers finished the match with a 25-12 win for a 3-0 match victory.

Junior Lexi Quinn and senior Dani Sakala chipped in six kills each for the Panthers with Ledesma serving three aces while teammates Baier and Nortnik added two each.

Baier and Sakala finished the match with three blocks each.