BY NICK JOHNSON
Times Bulletin Correspondent
MIDDLE POINT - The Lincolnivew Lancers welcomed the Paulding Panthers Tuesday night at Lincolnview High School in volleyball. The Lancers were unable to defeat their Northwest Conference foes, the Panthers took the match 3-1, 14-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-16.
The first set was a fast start for the Lancers, as they jumped out to an 8-3 lead before Paulding burned a timeout. The Lancers used kills from Ashley McClure and Jodie Doner to jump out to their lead.
After the timeout, the Lancers hot play continued as Devann Springer and Lauren Calvert both got aces. With Lincolnview ahead 20-10, the Panthers were forced to burn their final timeout of the set. The Lancers finished off Paulding with a Springer ace and a McClure kill for a 25-14 win in the first set.
The second set saw the Panthers start quickly with a 7-2 lead. Paulding got kills from Kelsey Beck and Brooke Combs to jump out to their lead. The Panthers continued their hot start, as they got a 19-13 lead with kills from Abbey Edwards and Sierra McCullough, and an ace from Kaley Varner. The Lancers used a timeout to stop the run and battled back to narrow the Paulding lead to 23-20 with kills from Kelsey Mohr and Springer.
The Panthers finished off the Lancers with a kill from Emily Farr to give Paulding a 25-21 victory and make the match 1-1.
With the match tied at one, Paulding started fast again with kills from Edwards and Farr. The Panthers got a lead and wouldn't let up, as they beat the Lancers in the third set 25-16 to take a 2-1 lead over Lincolnview.
The third set featured good blocking from the Panther's front line, and some good serving and a couple of kills from Courtney St. John.
The fourth set was more of the same for the Panthers who used good serving from Beck and kills from McCullough and Edwards to get a 15-5 lead. The rest of the set was back and forth between the Lancers and Panthers with kills from Lincolnview's Mandie Tennant and Doner, and Paulding's Brooke Combs and Beck. The big Panther lead held for a 25-16 victory over the Lancers.
"Our first game, we played really well - our whole team did what they should have done the whole game - but after that I don't know what happened. Paulding did a good jump of finding our weak spots and also taking us out of our game," said Lancers coach Heather Crow.
The Lancers are trying to prepare for tournament play. "They girls just need to focus to get ready for it. It's just minor changes we need to do. We just come through a stretch of like 14 games in 14 days so we have not had a lot of practice time, but it really comes down to fixing it as it goes along and we will be fine," added Crow.
With the loss, the Lancers record drops to 6-12 on the season.