A 3-1 match loss to Live Oak last Tuesday prompted the Lady Panthers to seek redemption in their match against Providence Christian on Thursday, and Maxwell marched to a 3-0 victory, winning 25-9, 25-3, 25-12, to bring their season record to 4-1.
“We made some defensive changes to our line-up for tonight’s game in hopes to better ourselves on the court,” said Tiffany Jenkins before game time.
The Panthers made few mistakes in the early goings of the first set, pulling ahead 10-5 to open the game. Senior Sarah Fleming crushed the Lions from the service line with 12 consecutive points, expanding the Panthers’ lead to 22-5. A quick four on the board by Providence came to an abrupt stop with a kill by Jenkins, and the Panthers closed out the first game 25-9.
In the second set, Maxwell again jumped ahead early – this time in even more dominating fashion. The Panthers scored 11 straight points to open the match with senior Grace Waddell at the service line. After Providence got the serve, they rattled off three straight points, but that was all they would score for the rest of the set. Three straight aces from Hannah Azevedo ignited a scoring streak from the Panthers, during which Jenkins and Makayla Mitchell’s two kills apiece. Jenkins closed out the game from the service line and Maxwell came away with the 25-3 win.
Jenkins controlled the net with assistance from Azevedo in the third and final game, as the Panthers once again poured on the heat, opening the game with a 6-2 run. Providence answered back and took advantage of Maxwell’s defense during a 6-0 run, which left Maxwell trailing 8-6. Maxwell quickly regained their earlier form and rode a 19-4 run to win the set.
“We only made slight adjustments from Tuesday’s loss, but the major difference was trust in each other. They went back to playing their game instead of just getting the ball over, without thought or foresight,” said Maxwell head coach Tessa Reynolds.
The Panthers set out for tournament play Friday, September 15 in Paradise.■