Volleyball: Maxwell fares well in first week of conference match-ups

Losing to Portola last Tuesday in a 3-2 set loss was no deterrent to the Lady Panthers last Thursday, as Maxwell claimed a home victory against the Quincy Trojans in a 3-1 set win. 

Two evenly matched teams came to play, and the Panthers stayed in pace with the Trojans for the first set, but lost by a mere two points, 26-24. 

A strong team performance pushed the Panthers to claim a second set victory, mostly from the team’s lead attacker, Laynee Haywood. Haywood wreaked havoc on Quincy’s back row players, dishing out a total of 16 kills on the night. Maxwell grabbed an easy  win in the second, 25-15. 

A plethora of rallies ensued  in what seemed to be a never-ending battle of defenses, keeping spectators on the edge of their seats. Jilliann Wilson dropped five consecutive aces on the Trojans, pushing the Panthers to a three-point advantage. Sophomore Paige Vierra contributed to the Panthers and a 31-29 set win, laying down three kills. 

A two-set win propelled Maxwell again to take control on the court, as Courtney Wycoff stepped in with six aces and four kills. Maxwell nudged their first conference win on the season with a 25-20 fourth set win and 3-1 victory.

“The girls desire to win team and beat Quincy showed,” said Head Coach, Tessa Reynolds. “A total of 33 team kills and 24 aces was definitely a team effort. They kept each other pumped up and after an error, corrected it and moved on.”

Maxwell now sits 1-1 in conference match-ups and travels to Core Butte, 0-2, Thursday with a 6:30 PM start time. ■