South Tournament Run
J. C. Tilton
Northridge, who had earlier knocked out TCN, was the first opponent for TVS. South frontline play made for a long night for the Polar Bears. I noticed many of their spikes going long. South blockers were in position and the front line of Northridge had to hit high to go overtop their hands. In the first two sets TVS easily defeated Northridge, although there were some mental mistakes. South won those two 25-11 and 25-10. In the final set, South went on the offensive and Northridge could not overcome the onslaught, finally losing 25-5.
Despite the victory Coach Roberts was tempered in her remarks. “I don't know if it was because we are playing so late, it's first game of the tournament, or because we are coming off of homecoming weekend. But the team seemed distracted tonight. We did not bring our ‘A' game. If we don't bring our ‘A' game Saturday against Versailles, they will beat us.”
On Saturday, South met Versailles for the sectional final. They got off to a slow start dropping the first match 25-15, but the team played with resolve and won the next two sets 23-25, 19-25. South had the lead, but could they put away Versailles? During the next match the teams tied at 22, but it was Versailles who pulled away down the stretch to win 25-23. In the 5th and deciding set, South just could not get their motor running, and allowed Versailles to reel off 8 unanswered points. They ended up losing in the final 15-5. Versailles would advance to the next round.
Still it was a successful season for the Panthers, they won the CCC and placed several players on the CCC all conference team. Senior Dany Lipps was the player of the year, while Debbie Brubaker and Katie McCollum were first team selections. Comments: email: Chris Tilton