The Lady Panthers traveled to Culver on Saturday to try their hand at winning the title of HNAC Champions. Pioneer faced Triton in game one for the first time this season. The Panthers started off slow, but pulled away with their aggressive serving at the end of each set. Kaitlin Weldy led the Panthers with 8 aces, while Kortnee Kline added 5 and Ashlynn Brooke put up 4 aces. Mandee Weisenburger was strong on defense, giving the Panthers several service receptions and 5 digs. The Panthers swept the Trojans 25-18, 25-14.
Game two put the Panthers against the Lady Jays of North Judson, a prior loss this season for the Panthers. Pioneer came out strong offensively in set 1, winning easily 25-12. However, the glory was short lived when Judson came back in set 2 with an organized offense, attempting and terminating several swings at the Panthers which forced many defensive errors for Pioneer. Once down, the Panthers found it difficult to come back and lost set 2, 14-25. Low energy coming off set 2’s loss, gave little promise for the Panthers coming into set 3. Service errors, net fouls and unforced errors in communication led to a heartbreaking loss for the Panthers, with set 3 finishing 14-15 in favor of Judson.
Mandee Weisenburger led the panthers defensively with 8 digs and offensively added 3 kills and 4 aces. Ashlynn Brooke added 6 digs and 2 kills. Meisha Price had 4 kills and 4 digs a piece. Kaitlin Weldy and Belle Blickenstaff each added 6 assists for the Panthers.
The Lady Panthers kick off their final week of volleyball by hosting Frontier on Monday and traveling to Logansport on Thursday for their last game of the season against Logan Red.