JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Pana volleyball (22-14) started the postseason by beating Cumberland on opening night, 25-19, 25-23. They advanced on to face the #1 seeded St. Anthony Bulldogs on Tuesday in what would be their season finale, losing, 25-20, 25-17.
Pana had to open their own top-rated regional playing in the opening round against challenger Cumberland. No matter they took care of business in a 2-game block party.
The Panthers recorded 12 blocks, riding net defense to victory. Siegert recorded five blocks. Schoonover rose for three blocks, Franklin two and Holthaus two. Lett led the Panthers at the net with seven kills, followed by Franklin and Siegert, with six and five, respectively. Siegert led the team with 10 net points(kills, blocks), followed by Franklin with 8 net points.
Schoonover and Vaughn teamed up to lead the court defense digging eight balls each. Hrabak dished a team-high 15 assists towards their 21 kills.
Pana def. Cumberland, 25-19, 25-23
Pana stats: Lett 7 kills, 1 ace, 4 digs; Siegert 5 kills, 5 blocks, B. Schoonover 3 kills; Franklin 6 kills, 2 blocks,1 ace, 3 digs; Vaughn 1 ace, 8 digs; Buerk 1 ace, 8 assists; M. Schoonover 3 blocks, 8 digs; Holthaus 2 blocks; Hrabak 15 assists.
In the Tuesday semifinal against St. Anthony, the Panthers became the Bulldogs chew toy, being outscored, 50 to 37, 25-20, 25-17.
Top Dawg Haylee Mathis recorded a double-double. She delivered 13 kills in a 2-game set. By contrast Pana had 18 kills total, as a team. Mathis also dished a team-high 15 assists, three service aces and 2 blocks, giving her 15 net points (13 kills, 2 blocks).
For Pana, Franklin led at the net with eight kills and three more blocks for 11 net points. Pana tried to block their way to an upset, but couldn't get it done, despite 15 blocks. Schoonover, Holthaus and Siegert had four blocks, each, plus Franklin's three. Of the 18 Pana kills, they only had 13 with assists.
Court defense wasn't a big factor for St. Anthony and not a big enough factor for Pana. St. Anthony only needed 17 digs to get the win, in part, because Pana only recorded 14 digs trying to stave off the Bulldog attack.
Pana Regional Semi
St. Anthony def. Pana, 25-20, 25-17
Pana stats: Franklin 8 kills, 3 blocks; B. Schoonover 4 kills, 2 digs; Siegert 2 kills, 4 blocks; Lett 2 kills, 5 digs; Holthaus 2 kills, 4 blocks; M. Schoonover 4 blocks; Vaughn 3 digs; Hrabak 2 digs, 6 assists; Buerk 2 digs, 7 assists.
St. Anthony stats: Mathis 13 kills, 2 blcoks, 3 aces, 6 digs, 15 assists; Nuxoll 6 kills, 4 digs; Schultz 7 digs; Wohltman 12 assists.