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Fillies sweep Rose City Classic tourney

Katy Chance
The Panola College Fillies - ranked #2 in the nation by NJCAA - will play at home at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29.

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EDITOR’S UPDATE: A gallery of photos has been added to this article, courtesy of photographer Kraig Cain.

The Panola College Fillies opened their season at the Rose City Classic with a bang, taking down all 3 opponents in straight sets. The Fillies defeated North Central Texas College (25-21, 25-11, 25-13) in their first match of the season on Friday, Aug. 25. Sophomore right side Kaitlyn Adams and sophomore outside Jaqueline da Silva paced the offense with 6 kills apiece. Sophomore and freshman middle blockers Barbara Sabino and Daphinie Correa each chipped in 5. Sophomore setter Cayman Sutton racked up 13 assists and freshman setter Molly Harris added 9 in her debut. Correa also dominated the net, notching 5 block assists and 1 solo.

The Fillies returned Saturday for an early morning match against conference foe Navarro College. After fighting off 2 set points, Panola notched a 27-25 victory to take momentum before winning the next two sets 25-12, 25-21. Once again Kaitlyn Adams led offensively with 8 kills on 15 swings. Sophomore right side Melanie Casteel and Jaqueline da Silva added 7 apiece and Barbara Sabino notched 6. Cayman Sutton and Molly Harris dished out double-digit assists with 15 and 12 respectively. Defensively Correa and Sabino combined for 10 total blocks with half of those coming from solo blocks. Sophomore libero Camie Copeland anchored the floor with 10 digs, while freshman defensive specialist Hannah Ramirez and da Silva added 7 each.

Panola was able to showcase their depth in their final match of the day against Temple College, gaining key contributions from several players in a 25-10, 25-8, 25-14 victory. Sophomore right side Jasmine Sanchez pounded out 5 kills with freshman outside/setter Rebecca Rabius adding 4 of her own. Freshman middle blocker Thaynara Godoi, Melanie Casteel, and freshman outside Alyssa Lozoya chipped in 3 apiece. Sophomore setter Kinly Carter racked up 11 assists and Rabius added 5. Defensively, Hannah Ramirez notched 5 digs with Rabius and Lozoya picking up 4 of their own.

Panola College Volleyball returns to action Tuesday night, Aug. 29, in the team’s home opener against Brookhaven College at 6 p.m. in Arthur Johnson Gym.

Follow the team stats, see the schedule, and check out the team roster at the Panola College Athletics Volleyball Page.

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