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ST. JOSEPH – The Paxton-Buckley-Loda eighth-grade volleyball team won 25-6, 21-25, 32-30 Tuesday over St. Joseph.
“This match was crazy. The whole night was like an emotional roller coaster,” PBL eighth-grade coach Kelli Vaughn said. “We came out early and took care of business in game one. We were offensive minded, and we just took it to them.”
St. Joseph went up 6-2 in the second set before Vaughn called timeout.
“(St. Joe) started off quickly,” Vaughn said. “I could just see it on our faces that shadow of a doubt started to creep in, and in volleyball, when it is such a game of momentum, those doubts can turn into big momentum swings. Throughout the entire second set, we just basically never recovered from that early deficit. We just always seemed to be down by four the rest of the way.”
The Panthers fell behind again 14-10 in the third set.
“It was a see-saw battle the whole way. It was back and forth early,” Vaughn said. “I called a timeout. I got pretty fired up in the time-out, and I just tried to get them to believe in themselves.
“I asked them how many times they had beaten St. Joe in junior high in any sport. When they responded, ‘never,’ I said, ‘well, I’m tired of losing to St. Joe. We are a very good team, and we have to believe in ourselves.’ They saw me get a little animated, and I think they finally realized that this was something that we could do.”
PBL (11-3) went on to score the next three points on two St. Joseph hitting errors and a Maddy Foellner ace serve. After a service error, the Panthers scored the next four points to go up 17-15.
Tied at 19-19, Jaden Bender recorded two consecutive kills off Makenna Klann assists, and PBL went ahead 21-19.
A St. Joe kill made the score 21-20, and another Bender kill extended PBL’s lead to 22-20. After a serving error, Maddy Foellner recorded a stuff block to give PBL the lead at 23-21, and forced St Joe to call a timeout. Out of the timeout, St. Joe recorded a kill to get within one at 23-22, but a bad pass by the St. Joseph Panthers put PBL ahead 24-22.
Two consecutive St. Joe kills led to a PBL timeout at a 24-24 tie, but PBL went ahead 25-24 on a St. Joe hitting error. Two PBL miscues led to a St. Joe match point at 26-25, but two consecutive errors by St. Joseph gave PBL the match point at 27-26.
After a St. Joe timeout, PBL lost a chance to put the match away when a PBL player touched a ball that was sailing out of bounds that instead went down as a St. Joe kill.
A bad set gave St. Joe the lead back at 28-27, but a St. Joe hitting error into the net tied the score again at 28-28.
After an ace serve by Makenna Klann to put the PBL Panthers up, 29-28, a hitting error followed by a St. Joe kill, gave St. Joe another match point at 30-29. PBL would go on to score the next three points on two St. Joe hitting errors before Baylee Cosgrove’s kill tip sealed the win for PBL.
“It was another great test for us, and I was happy to see the girls show some fight when it came right (down to it),” Vaughn said.
Cosgrove led PBL in kills with eight while Bender added five kills. Makenna Klann and Maddy Foellner had five and four aces, respectively.
PBL def. St. Joseph 25-6, 21-25, 32-30
At St. Joseph
For PBL (11-3), kills: Baylee Cosgrove 8, Jaden Bender 5, Maddy Foellner 3, Makenna Klann; aces: Makenna Klann 5, Foellner 4, Bender, Makayla Klann, Cosgrove, Hannah Schwarz; sets: Makenna Klann 55, Cosgrove 28, Bender 8, Makayla Klann 4, Schwarz 3, Ella Curry 2, Jasmine Miles, Foellner; passing: Makayla Klann 100, Makenna Klann 55, Bender 27, Schwarz 27, Foellner 6, Cosgrove 3, Curry 2; points: Makenna Klann 17, Bender 13, Cosgrove 13, Foellner 13, Schwarz 12, Makayla Klann 8, Miles 5, Kayla Adwell.