Senior Grace Swander goes for a push Tuesday agaisnt New Knoxville. Swander was honored, as Monday was senior night for the Lady Panthers. (DHI Media/ Pat Agler)
Senior Grace Swander goes for a push Tuesday agaisnt New Knoxville. Swander was honored, as Monday was senior night for the Lady Panthers. (DHI Media/ Pat Agler)
ROCKFORD-The Parkway Lady Panthers honored one senior on Tuesday night as the Lady Panthers played their last home volleyball match against the New Knoxville Lady Rangers in Midwest Athletic Conference play. The Lady Rangers swept Parkway in three sets (25-12, 25-12, 25-8) on Tuesday night.

Grace Swander was the lone senior being honored on Tuesday night in front the Parkway faithful.

“Grace has been through a lot the last four years,” said Parkway volleyball coach Jordan Henkle. “Finally healthy having a good year and it has been good to watch her have a good year. We will definitely miss her next year. She has done a lot for us and the girls really respect her.”

The Lady Rangers got two aces from Tayler Doty as New Knoxville went up 4-0. New Knoxville increase their lead to 11-3 before a Parkway timeout.

The Lady Panthers got three straight points including a kill from Faith Jacobs, 11-6. New Knoxville continued their pressure and the Lady Rangers took a 17-9 advantage.

New Knoxville went on an 8-3 run getting two kills from Tasia Lauth to give the Lady Rangers a 25-12 first set victory.

New Knoxville again came out strong in the second set as two kills from Megan Jurasic helped put them up 7-2. Parkway battled back and with a kill from Grace Rogers that cut the New Knoxville lead to 9-7.

The Lady Rangers eventually double the Lady Panthers by a score of 18-9. New Knoxville won the second set by a score of 25-12 to take a 2-0 lead.

New Knoxville started the third set with three aces from Doty as Parkway used both timeouts. Grace Swander ended the 11-0 start by the Lady Rangers with a kill. Swander was responsible for the first three points for Parkway in the third set.

Jacobs added a kill during a 4-0 run that made the score 15-6 New Knoxville. The Lady Rangers scored out the third set with a 10-2 run to sweep the match in three sets.

“We weren’t constant on any part,” said Henkle. “Serve receive wasn’t good really all night. So the setters weren’t getting any good balls to handle so it was a domino effect. Not very constant on anything tonight and it showed.”

The Lady Rangers went 73 of 74 from the serve line and Parkway went 28 of 33 from the serve line.

New Knoxville improves to 14-7 on the season and 3-5 in the MAC. Parkway drops to 11-10 on the year and 2-6 in the MAC.