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Fillies wrap up season at National Tournament

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Fillies competed at the National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Panola College Fillies capped the season in winning fashion on Saturday, Nov. 18, rolling to a 25-18, 25-19, 25-21 sweep of Laramie County Community College at the NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. Sophomore Kaitlyn Adams was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts throughout the week.

Panola finishes the season with a 28-7 record, and the Fillies finish ninth nationally after opening the tournament with a loss and then battling back for three straight wins.

Jaqueline da Silva hammered home 16 kills for the Fillies, with Kaitlyn Adams (Longview) and Daphinie Correa adding seven apiece, Melanie Casteel five, Rebecca Rabius four, Barbara Sabino three and Hannah Ramirez and Cayman Sutton (White Oak) two apiece.

Casteel added four blocks, Sabino three, Correa two and Rabius one. Ramirez finished with a team-leading 11 digs, while Casteel added six, Rabius five, Sutton and da Silva four apiece, Camie Copeland (Spring Hill) and Casteel two each and Sabino one.

Sutton dished out 25 assists, Molly Harris 10, Ramirez four, da Silva two and Casteel one.

After opening with a loss on Thursday, the Panola College Fillies stormed back with a pair of wins on Friday at the NJCAA National Volleyball Tournament — earning a spot in the tournament’s ninth-place game.

Panola (26-7) swept Wallace State (25-16, 25-14, 25-22) and rallied for a 16-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-21 win over Western Nebraska on Friday.

Against Western Nebraska, Jaqueline da Silva had 10 kills, Barbara Sabino nine, Daphinie Correa eight and Kaitlyn Adams seven. Hannah Ramirez recorded 22 digs, Rebecca Rabius 17 and Cayman Sutton, Molly Harris and da Silva all added eight.

Sutton led with 19 assists, and Harris finished with 18.

Adams led with 10 kills against Wallace State, with da Silva adding seven, Melanie Casteel six and Rabius five. Sutton had 19 assists and Kinly Carter 10.

Ramirez finished with 14 digs, Rabius nine, Sutton eight and da Silva seven, and Sabino recorded five block assists.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks to Kraig Cain for sharing his photos with the Pony Express! See more at the Fillies National Tournament – Hutchinson, Kansas photo gallery online.

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