The Knoxville varsity volleyball team gave Panther Nation a scare in Eddyville Tuesday night, but a rally brought them over the finish line to remain undefeated on the season.
“I have never seen anything like it!” Head Coach Mollie Keitges said. “You know the saying, ‘they had their backs against the wall’? We were in an even worse place than that.”
Down 9-19 in the fourth set, after going down 2-1 in the game overall, the Panthers rallied to take the fourth and fifth sets to win the game against a big South Central Conference rival.
“So many kids stepped up. All of them, really,” Keitges continued. Alyssa Vaske and Maggie (Wilkins) had some clutch serving. Lauren Micetich and Emma Dunkin played great defense. Katie (Keitges) really took the offense on her back and sparked us with some huge kills – she had seven kills during the comeback in the fourth set alone.”
Coach Keitges went on to say that Marley McKay made some great choices and put up beautiful sets.
“Reilly (Finarty) and Tara (Uitermarkt) each had big kills when we really needed it. And our blocking came alive – sparked by Abby Wadle and Peyton McMurray,” Coach Keitges added.
Final official stats were unavailable as of this original post. The 15-0 Panthers are set to participate in the Pella Christian tournament on Saturday, Sept. 28.