Wednesday, September 15, 2021

County rivals take to the court

(Pioneer Review / Cheri Azevedo)

The Williams Lady Jackets hosted their first home game of the season, Aug. 19, against the Maxwell Lady Panthers. A hard fought battle going all five matches was played, but Williams emerged victorious with a 3-2 set win, 18-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-11, and 16-14.

Williams senior Gabby Lopez and junior Trinity Tungstamita’s presence caused the most problems for the Lady Panthers, as both hitters sent 10 kill shots to the floor and each recorded a pair of blocks. Giselle Vega contributed 14 assists to the win. Ashley Garcia added two kills and four aces.

For Maxwell, senior Paige Vierra carried her team in kills with a total of 10, and sophomore Emma Hendrix contributed 14 assists, six kills, and two blocks.

Both teams battled to the last point of the fifth match, with Maxwell clinching the lead with ace serves from junior Sydnee Wilson. However, one bad hit from the Lady Panthers would be the last side-out of the evening, leaving a 14-14 all score. 

Vega’s ace serve, paired with a kill from Tungstamita, sealed the 16-14 victory for Williams, giving the Lady Jackets their first home win of the season.

“It feels great to be back on the court,” said Lopez, one of just two seniors on the team. “These two teams are pretty evenly matched, and it was a team effort pulling out the win.”

Williams is now 3-0 on the season. They will host Live Oak tonight with a starting time of 5:30 PM.

Maxwell’s record improved to 3-1 with a win over Live Oak on Monday night. The Lady Panthers host the East Nicolaus Spartans this evening with a 5 PM game time. – 

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