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October 07, 2008 3:01 am

PHS Volleyball squad crushes Cody

Written by Tribune Staff

It was all orange and black at Panther gym last week as the Powell High School Lady Panthers demolished Cody to seal their hold on the top spot in conference volleyball play.

When the two rivals met Thursday night, Cody still had a mathematical chance to tie for first place in the conference.

In about an hour, though, the Lady Panthers reduced the Fillies' chances to zero with a resounding 25-9, 25-21, 25-7 win.

The Lady Panthers jumped on the Fillies early in the first set, scoring six straight points behind the serve of Kayla Ando, and led all the way. Powell built a 14-5 lead before the Fillies were able to score two consecutive points, and by the time the serve had rotated through the lineup, Powell led 15-7. They finished the game with a 10-2 run to take a 1-0 match lead.

As in the teams' first meeting, the Fillies came back strong in game two, but the Lady Panthers held them off to go up two games to one. The teams traded points early before PHS opened up a slim 9-6 lead, but they were unable to stretch that advantage, and Cody tied the score at 13 before hitting out of bounds. Powell again opened up a lead, but never led by more than five. With Powell leading and serving at 24-20, the Fillies stepped up and stopped game point to keep their hopes alive, but a Cody hit sailed wide and the Lady Panthers escaped with the win.

Game three was all PHS. The Fillies led 3-2 early, but the Lady Panthers took control and built a 10-4 lead. Cody nearly regained the serve at that point with a tip, but a diving Savannah Donarski got her hand under the ball to keep it alive. Lauren Fagnant kept the ball in play, and Donarski, still on the ground, knocked it over the net. Cody set up an attack, but Donarski got to the net in time to block the ball for a PHS point.

The Lady Panthers then turned up the power, and an eight-point streak on Hannah Pollart's serve helped them outscore the Cody 14-3 to end the match. Match point came on a Pollart smash through two Cody blockers.

A measure of the Lady Panthers' domination in game three was that Cody never scored on their own serve.

A key to the game was Powell's 97.5 serving accuracy. Pollart was perfect on 17 serves.

Pollart ended the game with 14 kills, with Donarski and Kami Cooley contributing eight each. Ando led in assists with 16, and Pollart set up eight.

Defensively, Pollart and Donarski made 12 digs, and Allen made five.

PHS coach Cindi Smith said the team's win demonstrated the “100-percent effort” needed to win matches, and was a typical team effort for her squad.

“The girls are a tight group. They like each other and help each other out,” Smith said. “They focus on the team winning and not themselves.”

Saturday, the team traveled to Thermopolis and swept the Lady Bobcats in a match Smith said the girls were “a little disappointed” with.

“We just never got things going and never got into our flow,” Smith said.

Still, the Lady Panthers came away with a 25-21, 25-19, 24-21 win to keep their dual meet record perfect.

Powell's team serving efficiency fell to 87.9 percent, but Erica Woodward was accurate on all 11 of her service attempts. Rogers was successful on 14 of 15 service attempts, and Donarski was 12 of 13. Pollart led in kills with 12 and was second in assists with 13.

Ando contributed 15 assists. Donarski made 11 kills and Olivia Rogers added eight.

Defensively, Allen led with 22 digs. Donarski made 14 and Rogers made nine, and each of them assisted on two blocks.

Friday and Saturday the Lady Panthers go to Lovell for the conference duals and meet southwestern rivals Jackson, Kemmerer, Lyman and Pinedale. Smith said the Lady Panthers have seen all four teams in early season competition, but has played only Jackson in a regulation dual, a three-game sweep in Jackson.

Smith, on Monday morning, said the scheduling for the weekend event is still under discussion and will be announced as soon as it is available.