Fillies volleyball to play first home game Wed., Aug. 27
Fillies volleyball will host Southwestern Christian College at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27 in the team’s first home game of the season. This year “home” is a relative term, since all home volleyball games are scheduled to be played in the gym at Carthage Junior High School. The gym is located on Davis Street, just off West Panola at the light by the Jalapeno Tree Restaurant.
Renovation of the A.J. Johnson Gymnasium is part of a massive construction and renovation project under way at Panola.
Wherever they play, the Fillies are on a roll. According to Head Coach Amber McCray, the Panola College Volleyball team opened season August 22-23 with a strong showing, finishing 3-1 at the annual Dana Hatch Invitational hosted by Tyler Junior College.
The Fillies went 2-0 on the first day, defeating Colby CC in 5 games (25-16, 22-25, 28-30, 25-13, 15-10) and Western Texas in 4 (25-19, 25-14, 22-25, 25-17).
“Sophomore returner Kennedi Coleman was a dominant force on the outside leading the team with 49 kills and a blistering .468 hitting percentage for both matches, while sophomore right side hitter Nathali Chaves added 19 kills of her own. Sophomore libero Justine Luis picked up 36 digs and sophomore defensive specialist Victoria Valdez added 18 to round out the defense for the day. Freshman setter Sierra Moses also kicked off her Panola career on a high note, dishing out 47 assists and picking up 27 digs in the two wins,” McCray said.
Panola opened Saturday, Aug. 23 with a sweep of Cedar Valley (25-13, 25-12, 25-22), before falling to pre-season #1-ranked Blinn College (12-25, 23-25, 14-25).
Freshman outside hitter Brittany Lampkin and Nathali Chaves led the team with 13 kills apiece for day 2. Justine Luis led the defense with 24 digs, Sierra Moses picked up 14, and Victoria Valdez contributed 11. Freshman setter Adriana Skipper picked up 20 assists and Sierra Moses dished out 14.
Fillies travel to Vernon on August 29-30 for the Vernon College Invitational, and will continue road games until Wednesday, Sept. 17 when Tyler Junior College comes to Carthage for a 7 p.m. series.