By Cheri Azevedo | Williams Pioneer Review
The Williams Yellowjackets varsity volleyball team rallied last Thursday to defeat the Maxwell Panthers at home in a back-and-forth five set match. In close first and third sets, the Yellowjackets (3-2) held off the Panthers (1-1), taking both sets with a 25-21 score. The Maxwell squad, determined to add another win to their record, fought back in the second and fourth sets with a 25-14 and 25-18 score.
“This last match will be a nail biter,” Panther Pack fan Alma Ruiz said prior to the tiebreaker.
Maxwell struggled to inbound their serves in what was a very long final set, and Williams came away with a 15-13 win.
“Coming off a win Tuesday over Faith Christian, the girls were pumped and ready to rally. Their serves were dead on and they pulled together to take the win tonight. Maxwell has always been a tough team for us, but our determination and ability to deliver kills persistently ultimately won the game for us,” first-year Williams coach Kristi Hill said. “This was one of the most nerve racking games we have played! I look forward to watching this team develop and foresee many future wins if they continue to play this well.”
Liz Hernandez was almost unstoppable at the net Thursday night, laying down 10 kills on the Panthers defense. She was perfect from the serve line, with two aces. She added three blocks to help pull her team in for the win.
Laura Rivera poured on the heat on defense with 10 unreturnable blocks. Rivera stood out on offense as well with six kills, which played a key role in the ‘Jackets victory.
Junior Tiffany Jenkins was a standout for the Panthers in Thursdays match-up.
“I was exhausted but really excited at the same time. My adrenaline was pumping and I just tried to make every kill a point for our team. Our team played well we just had one too many bad serves,” Jenkins said.
Panthers JV Takes The Win
Maxwell’s junior varsity team walked away victorious in a close three set match on Thursday, with a 2-1 win over the Yellowjackets.
Sophomore Audrey Pearson came in late in the third set and ultimately sealed the win for the Panthers. Pearson’s three aces put Maxwell back on top of Williams. and lifted them to a 15-13 win.