Lady Panthers win Gold bracket in Van
Posted by : August 22, 2014| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
VAN–The Mabank Lady Panthers picked up some key wins in the Van volleyball tournament Aug. 15-16, en route to a Gold bracket victory.
The tournament began with a pool play round, where the 24 teams are seperated into six “pools” of four teams each. The squads in each pool battle each other one time, then are seperated based on results to one of three playoff brackets: Championship, Gold and Silver.
In pool play Mabank defeated Edgewood 25-21, 25-17 and lost to Spring Hill 25-15, 25-15 and Cayuga 25-16, 20-25, 26-28.
Spring Hill, the four-time defending tournament champion, went on to defeat Van to extend their tournament championship record to five years.
The Lady Panthers dominated the Gold bracket on the second day of play, crushing Harmony 25-8, 25-16 and Chapel Hill 23-25, 25-18, 25-11. The Lady Panthers took a load off their chests when they defeated district opponent Crandall in the Gold bracket 20-25, 25-23, 25-21.
“This was our first test against a district opponent,” head coach Stacy Shelton said about the match against Crandall. “It was a huge relief to everybody to beat them. It gives us some early confidence for district play.”