Rebel girls maul Ellsworth Panthers in fierce 3 game match

By Sheila Crowley

Murray County News Sports

The Rebel volleyball squad played host to the Ellsworth Panthers on Tuesday, September 24th. Coming into the game Ellsworth had three wins under their belt and were looking to notch another victory.

Murray County Central is boosting a 5-7 overall record and currently sitting at 4-1 in conference action. Coming off a tough 3-1 loss at the hands of the Falcons of Red Rock Central, the Rebels hoped to bring some much-needed momentum and energy to the court.

Although they managed to pick up the victory three games to none, the Panthers didn’t give up easily. The Rebels squeaked out a 25-22 win in game one and managed a 26-24 victory in game two before coming away with the 25-13 win in game three.

“MCC struggled to step out on the court with energy and momentum,” shared head coach Kate DeLong. “The pace of play was slow, and the Rebels couldn’t pump it up throughout points in the night.” Game three, according to her, was much improved. The Rebels had a better mental mindset and played with intensity and determination.

Down 5-0 Brynn Graphenteen dumped the ball on the Panther court to put the Rebels on the scoreboard. Amber Boock followed up with a couple of ace serves leaving MCC down 3-5.

The Panthers went on to claim four more points before the Rebels were able to answer back. A couple of errors on the Ellsworth side helped MCC gain a little self-confidence and momentum to push themselves. Down by one (11-12), an Ellsworth spike in the net tied the game at 12-12. But the Panthers rebounded and notched a couple of more points before the Rebels came back to tie the game for a second time at 14-14. Errors on the side of the Rebels earned Ellsworth a 16-14 advantage in the contest. A spike by Boock and an ace serve by Graphenteen knotted the game at 16-16.

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