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September 11, 2008 3:26 am

Lady Panthers win conference opener

Written by Tribune Staff

The Powell High School Lady Panthers opened their conference season with a convincing win over Lovell in volleyball action Tuesday night.

A strong attack by Hannah Pollart and Kayla Ando highlighted the match, but aggressive serving and effective defense also were factors as the Lady Panthers took the match in three games, 25-11, 25-13, 25-1.

Pollart scored 19 kills in the match and Ando assisted on most of them, finishing the match with 19 assists. Ando also was perfect from the service line, hitting 19 serves accurately, two of which went for aces.

As a team, the Lady Panthers served 10 aces, half of them by Randi Asay. Savannah Donarski was also perfect from the line, going seven for seven, and Olivia Rogers was 17 for 18 with one ace.

The Lady Panthers scored points in bunches during the victory, including an eight-point run behind Ando's serve in the deciding game. Rogers served for seven straight points and Asay had a six-point streak in game two.

PHS coach Cindi Smith said the Lady Panthers' offense adapted to a strong performance by Pollart in the match. In their normal offense, Pollart shares the setting duties with Ando, Smith said, but Pollart was hitting effectively and the team responded to take advantage of her hot streak.

“Hannah was really on, so we kept going to her, ” Smith said. “More than half her attacks were kills.”

Donarski and Olivia Rogers contributed the attack with four and three kills, respectively.

Defensively, Donarski led the team in digs with 12, and was six of seven in service receptions. Defensive specialist Kelsey Allen led the team in receiving serves, keeping 12 of 14 in play, and contributed 10 digs. Rogers made eight digs and assisted with three blocks.

Smith complimented her team for serving aggressively and playing steady defense in the win. She also credited Rogers with playing well both at the net and on the back line.

“The girls really played together well,” Smith said.

This weekend, the Lady Panthers will compete in a tournament in Rawlins, where Smith said the Lady Panthers will meet regional rival

Kemmerer, Buffalo and 2A Mountain View in pool play.

“Kemmerer has started out strong,” Smith said, adding that the Rangers may be the top team in the Southwest Conference.

“I like this tournament,” Smith said. “It's early in the season and we'll see a lot of 3A schools.”

Tuesday, the Lady Panthers will travel to Greybull for a match.

The Rawlins tournament is scheduled to start at noon Friday and continue through Saturday at Rawlins High School. The Greybull match is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Greybull High School gym.