Panther v-ball kicks off with three teams

RANGELY I Rangely volleyball season opener started on the road in Olathe. The lady Panthers kicked off the season with enough players for three teams. 

The White Team came away with the first victory against Olathe’s C Team, pulling a 2-0 match. Kaitlyn Cox led the offense as setter with four serving aces and one kill. Miah Wren also had a phenomenal match with four kills and an ace. This is a very young group of girls and it will be exciting to watch them grow over the season. If this match was anything to go off of, they will be a team to watch out for. 

The JV team had a rough start of their first set and lost 25-18. They fought hard against the Pirates and won the second set 25-23. This took us to set three where it was a close game and the Panthers barely lost 15-13. 

“We had a lot of great volleys and were able to show off some of our talents,” said head coach Marybel Cox. Karlee Halcomb led the team with four kills, Ashlynn Ducey had three kills, Miah Wren had three kills and Lexi LeBleu had three kills. 

The last match for the night brought out the varsity team ready to go. The ladies played a great first set to get the win. In the sets that followed, the ladies struggled to find momentum but continued to fight. The Panthers fought hard but fell short losing the next three sets to Olathe. Leading the team offensively was Kyrah Phelps with three aces and seven kills. Defensively Adelynn Halcomb and Aspen Low led at the net with blocking and Kyrah Phelps and Adelynn Halcomb led the team in digs with 13 apiece. Morgan Ellis did a great job moving the ball around to all her hitters ending the night with 25 assists. This group is young but led by some veteran seniors. 

The Rangely Panthers would like to congratulate Miah Wren for being Player of the Week! She played White Team, JV and suited up for varsity. 

Come out and support the ladies this weekend at the home tournament starting this Friday. 

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