Panther volleyball headed back to the court

The 2019 Knoxville varsity volleyball team. (photo by Steve Woodhouse)

The 20-1 Knoxville Panther volleyball team has not competed since its win at Mt. Pleasant on Oct. 3. They will step back on to the court Saturday, Oct. 12, at Pella High School for a round robin.

Opponents include Bondurant-Farrar, Iowa City Liberty, Mediapolis, ADM and Pella. The first tip-off will be at 9 a.m.

The Panthers have clinched at least a share of the South Central Conference title once again. They need only to knock off Centerville on the road on Oct. 15 to once again go undefeated in the conference and win the title outright.

As it stands, the Panthers are one of four teams in the state – among all classes – to have only one loss on their record. Mediapolis is undefeated and Iowa City Liberty is one of the other four teams with only a single loss.

Knoxville leads Class 4A in digs per set with 19. The Panthers also have the best aces per set number in the class with 2.84. They are fifth in the class overall in aces, with 159. Only Knoxville and Sergeant Bluff have one loss in the class.

Amy Sullivan is third in the class for aces per set with 0.78. There are two other players in the class with 2.0 to top the list. Alyssa Vaske is not far away with 0.58.

Marley McKay is tenth in the class for assists per set with 7.88. She is 14th in total assists, with 441 this season.

Maggie Wilkins’s 297 digs are good enough to put her in tenth place in that category. She averages 5.6 digs per set, which puts her in third in the class.

It should be noted that, among other schools in Class 4A, Knoxville has played fewer games.

Following Saturday’s round robin, Tuesday’s match with Centerville, and a home match against Winterset Oct. 17, the Panthers host a tournament Oct. 19. There is one more match Oct. 29 vs. Carlisle or Oskaloosa.