Panthers remain unbeaten in area play

Published 9:40 pm Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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The Jemison volleyball team overcame the rust of a week off and took a road win over Bibb County on Monday to remain undefeated at 3-0 in area play and improve its season record to 8-7.

Game 1 was close from beginning to end, with Jemison holding serve at 24-23 with a chance to win.

Bibb County won a long rally to tie the game and went on to take the first set, 27-25.

C.C. Wright and Ashley Dutton led the Panthers with three kills apiece, while Dutton and Emily Spain added five assists each.

JHS turned to the tandem of Cassani Steele and Denton Ellison in Game 2, as Steele hammered down six kills and a block solo, and Ellison chipped in three kills and three digs to pace Jemison to a 25-21 victory.

The momentum continued in the Panthers’ favor in the third set, as Wright and Dutton combined for seven more kills.

Jemison got great performances at the service line as well, with Dutton, Wendy Spigener and Brooke Lewis

contributing a pair of aces each. Spain, Wright and Taylor Ray each added a block solo as well.

It was in the fourth and final game, however, that the Panthers’ net defense really dominated, with Dutton, Ray, Spain, and Steele stuffing the Choctaws’ offense for a series of blocks that put the game away early.

Ellison also had a couple of runs at the service line, finishing the deciding game with four aces.

For the match, Steele led Jemison with 10 kills, two block solos and two assists. Dutton piled up nine kills, 14 assists, a block solo and 16 digs, while Wright chipped in eight kills and a block solo.

Ellison added seven kills, 14 digs and four aces, and Ray rounded out the offensive leaders with six kills, two block solos and a block assist. Spain finished the night with 13 assists and 12 digs.

After hosting a Tuesday night tri-match with Montevallo and Billingsley, the Panthers will be in action Saturday in the Chilton County Tournament hosted by Chilton County High School. Jemison’s first match is set for 10 a.m. against Maplesville.