This year's Delta Lady Panthers volleyball team has talent and spirit. The most important factor for this year's team is its lack of experience playing games.
A split in matches played this past week leaves Delta's overall season record at 5-12 while its 4A WSL mark is 1-7.
Delta avenged an earlier season loss (3-0 to Central on Sept. 19) with a sweet 3-1 victory over the visiting Lady Warriors on Oct. 10.
Unfortunately for the Lady Panthers, they slipped in their next match to Steamboat Springs in a road-match 3-1.
Delta 3, Central 1
The Lady Panthers took advantage of their intensity to win the first two sets (25-15 and 25-22) against Central.
Central, faced with a loss in three straight sets, fought back for a 25-19 win in set three to give them an outside shot at recovering for a match win, trailing 2-1.
Delta was more than up to the task of fending off the surging Lady Warriors. A 25-18 win in set four gave Delta the match win at 3-1.
Shelby Curtis was effective at the net with 21 kills and had three blocks for the Lady Panthers.
Brittanny Brasfield was good for 10 kills and a trio of aces for the winners while Haley Millard posted eight kills and three blocks.
Amelia Hawkins had three blocks for Delta.
In the digs department, Bailey Massano had 22, Toni Ortiz finished with 11 and Katie Puderbaugh had 10.
Puderbaugh was Delta's top ace-producer with four.
Emily Baier and Ortiz led the way for Delta with 14 and 13 assists respectively.
The match wasn't necessarily a revenge game for Delta. "We just wanted to compete and show improvement," stated head coach Beth Nelson.
It was a sweet win for Nelson, who was Central's previous coach. Emphasis on improving in practices was one of the key factors in the win noted Nelson.
SS 3, Delta 1
The loss in Steamboat Springs didn't occur because the Lady Panthers failed to play as well as they did against Central on Tuesday night.
"They (Delta girls) played really well. There were some really long rallies and we played with the momentum from our last match," noted coach Nelson.
Delta fell 19-25 in set one but bounced back to win the second set 25-23.
Steamboat regained its momentum to out-score the Lady Panthers 22-25 and 20-25 in the match's final two sets.
Brasfield led Delta in kills with 12, followed by Baier (8), Millard (7) and Curtis (6).
Hawkins and Millard were tops in blocks for Delta with six and five respectively.
Ortiz and Baier were the top assists leaders for the Lady Panthers with 16 and 14 respectively.
Massano's 21 digs paced Delta, with Puderbaugh next with nine.
Puderbaugh had three aces to lead Delta in that category.blog comments powered by Disqus