PAULDING - It was Senior Night for the Paulding volleyball team Tuesday night at the ‘Jungle’ where nine seniors were recognized before the match against Lincolnview.

The Panthers were hoping to clinch a share of the Northwest Conference championship, entering the night tied atop the standings with Columbus Grove and Crestview.

However, visiting Lincolnview had other ideas.

The Lancers seized control of the match and then held on late to wrap up a four-set win over the Panthers to tie Paulding for third place in the NWC standings.

Lincolnview took the first two sets, winning game one 25-20 before rolling to a 25-10 victory in the second set. After the Lady Panthers rallied to capture game three 25-21, the Lady Lancers wrapped up the evening with a 27-25 game four victory.

Both the Panthers and Lancers finish 6-2 in league play, tying for third behind co-champions Crestview and Columbus Grove. Paulding wraps up regular season action with a record of 12-10 while Lincolnview finishes at 16-6.

Lincolnview head coach JaNahn Evans was very pleased with her squad’s play in the victory.

“The girls came out and played very well tonight,” Evans noted. “We knew coming in that the league was out of our hands but we wanted to use this to build some momentum going into tournament play. I thought we came out and we were aggressive all night and I am very pleased with the effort.”

The Lancers opened up game one with a stretch of seven consecutive points, turning a 15-13 deficit into a 20-15 advantage. Carly Wendel, Jordan Decker and Kendall Bollenbacher all had slams in the run for Lincolnview while Lakin Brant added an ace as well.

“One of the things we talked about was that we had to take advantage when (Sadie) Estle was out of the front row,” Evans added. “She is an awesome player but we felt like that was the time we had to score and put runs together and we were able to do that for the most part.”

Lincolnview then added late slams from Kendall Klausing, Madison Williams and Wendel to wrap up the 25-20 game one win.

The Lancers dominated game two.

Lincolnview scored the set’s first six points and just continued to pull away from there. The Lancers picked up five Bollenbacher kills in the set along with a block for a point as Lincolnview was never threatened in posting a 25-10 victory.

“The girls could have quit right there,” commented Paulding head coach Cheri Estle. “But I am very proud of the way they continued to fight and battle. This group of seniors has been tremendous all season and they gave it everything they had tonight.”

Paulding did seize back momentum in the third set as the Panthers turned an 18-16 deficit into a 20-18 lead late in game three. Sadie Estle and Leigha Egnor both had kills in the run for Paulding while combining for a block as well.

After Lincolnview trimmed the deficit to 21-20, Paulding closed out the game by scoring four of the last five points to record the 25-21 victory.

“Give Paulding credit, they have a very good team,” Evans continued. “We knew they wouldn’t give up and they didn’t. They bounced back there in game three and the fourth set was just fun volleyball to watch. It was a good match with a great atmosphere and helps to prepare us for tournament.”

Game four was back and forth, featuring a dozen ties in the set before Lincolnview wrapped up the match.

Tied at 25-25, a slam from Bollenbacher made it 26-25 Lancers before a Panther hitting error wrapped up the game four loss.

“The girls had a superb season,” Estle commented. “They are a special group and there aren’t many times you will see nine seniors on a volleyball team.”

Kristen Razo dished out 16 assists for the maroon and white with Haylee Dominique adding four kills and seven blocks. Macy Iler also chipped in a dozen digs for the Panthers.

Megan Tope also picked up 21 digs along with an ace for Paulding and Jalynn Parrett posted six kills, three blocks and nine digs.

Leigha Egnor dished out seven assists while posting three blocks and five kills with Sadie Estle totaling a team high 19 kills and a dozen blocks.

Bollenbacher had 18 slams to lead Lincolnview with Madison Williamson posting a dozen. Williams, Klausing and Brant all had two aces for the Lancers while Wendel and Bollenbacher both had three blocks.

Brant also topped the blue and gold with 40 digs and Bollenbacher picked up 24. Brianna Ebel dished out 48 assists for the Lady Lancers.