Volleyball is back, and the Lady Panthers hosted their first home game Monday against the Biggs Wolverines. Maxwell took the win in three sets.
Small but mighty, the seven rostered players for Maxwell Varsity Volleyball claimed an at-home win, propelled by the hands of senior Laynee Haywood.
Haywood led the team with 15 total kills and 13 service points. Newcomer to the team, freshman Emma Hendrix, was also a significant contributor for the Lady Panthers victory with three blocks, seven kills, and five service points.
“It felt good to finally be back on our home court,” Haywood said. “Playing volleyball again with our fans being able to cheer us on made the victory even better.”
Maxwell, eager to capture a win, came out strong in the first set but soon fell victim to the net and rotation issues, allowing Biggs to gain a minimal lead. But once their rhythm fell in sync, it was game over. The Panthers answered every serve the Wolverines dished out, allowing not one to hit the floor. With the help of their libero, Rosa Corona, Maxwell routed a path to a 13-25 first set win.
With nerves out of the way, Maxwell closed the gap on sideouts and pushed Biggs to use their skills to gain momentum. Serves from senior Morgan Dennis slowed Biggs’ momentum and pushed Maxwell to their second set win, 15-25.
Third and final set of the game, the Panther’s offense went unscathed. Junior Paige Vierra assisted Haywood with a series of kills, giving Maxwell a substantial lead. Biggs, unable to complete service receptions, fell short to the hands of Vierra, giving Maxwell their third set win and game victory, 13-25.