ROCKFORD-The Parkway Lady Panthers welcomed the Wapakoneta Lady Redskins to Parkway High School on Tuesday night for non-conference volleyball action. The Lady Panthers didn’t allow a third set slip to prevent Parkway from picking up the 3-1 win (25-22, 25-22, 25-27, 25-15)

Parkway got out to an early 7-2 lead thanks to two kills from Grace Swander. Wapak battled back and eventually went on a 9-2 run to flip the score from 17-12 Parkway to 21-19 Lady Redskins.

The Lady Panthers coaching staff used a timeout and after the pause, Parkway closed out the first set with a 6-1 run getting an ace from Grace Rogers.

The 25-22 victory in the first set gave Parkway an early 1-0 lead.

The second set was the polar opposite as Wapak jumped out to a 7-2 lead getting kills from Kirsten Flora and Makenzie Wilson. Parkway worked their way back into the set getting kills from McKenna Johnson helping the Lady Panthers tie the second set at 10-10.

Later in the second set with Parkway up 19-16, two straight kills from Faith Jacobs forced a Wapak timeout. The Lady Redskins responded, getting two kills from Wilson cutting the Parkway lead to 23-21.

Johnson closed out the second set for Parkway with a kill to give the Lady Panthers a 2-0 lead with the 25-22 win.

The third set was a knock-down-drag-out fight for both squads as neither team was able to take a lead bigger than three points. The Lady Panthers would consider the third set a bit of a sloppy set.

The Lady Redskins closed out the third set in bonus time with a kill and ace from Wilson. Wapak victory in the third set forced a fourth set and final set with the 27-25 win.

The fourth set started with an early 5-2 lead from the Lady Redskins. Parkway worked their way back into the set eventually tying the game at 8s followed by ties at 9-9 and 10-10.

With the score 10-10, Parkway turned up the pressure allowing only five more points to Wapak and won the fourth set 25-15 getting two kills from Johnson to end the match.

“Our serving first, second, and fourth set was very good. In the third set was not good. Really not a lot of energy tonight but we were able to make plays when we need to. Which is a good thing. We really never got into a good rhythm tonight. But were able to make plays when we need too,” said Parkway volleyball coach Jordan Henkle.

“Last night was an emotional win, a good win and tonight we play a team we expect to beat. We wanted to see them take care of business and we were disappointed to see it go four sets. We still won and take is an important thing with a young team. We just need to continue to get better every day,” finished Parkway coach Henkle.

Parkway serving stats were 93-99 and Wapak went 81-87 from the serving line.

The Lady Panthers improve to 9-4 on the year and Wapak drops to 2-8. Parkway plays Thursday night against Marion Local Lady Flyers at Parkway High School for Midwest Athletic Conference play at Parkway High School.