Panthers on a roll

Published 10:45 pm Monday, August 31, 2009

The Jemison volleyball team is hot.

How hot? Well, the Panthers won the Calera Invitational Tournament on Aug. 29 and have dropped only one game in their last eight matches.

But the best demonstration of the team’s remarkable run the past week may have come Monday with the way it dispatched of Isabella, a county rival that usually gives Jemison fits.

The Panthers this time won easily, 25-15, 25-20, 25-15.

“I really think that our confidence level is high,” Jemison coach Leighsa Robinson said. “We’re not arrogant, but we’re confident. Right now, they are playing so mentally tough…and it’s all because of good leadership.”

The Panthers (11-4) proved that again Monday. Visiting Isabella (4-2) jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first game before Robinson called a timeout, allowing her team to regroup. It was pretty much smooth sailing from there.

Isabella was competitive during rallies but struggled with serve receives. Jemison missed only four serves and compiled more than 20 aces.

Tanya Liveoak did the most damage with six aces. Tabatha Cork, Alexis Reeves and Tabatha Cork had four aces each.

Kasi Wells tallied 13 assists, Dallis Vanderslice had nine digs, and Codi Mims played well at the net, contributing four kills and four blocks.

Amber Wyatt had seven kills, five aces and two blocks for Isabella; and Jessica Maciel added four assists and four aces.

Jemison visits Calera beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Isabella and Calera visit Montevallo beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday.