VAN ALSTYNE — The Van Alstyne High School varsity volleyball team lost to Farmersville 19-25, 17-25, 20-25 (0-3) on Tuesday, Oct. 10 in three fast and close sets at the Lady Panthers’ home court. Much like every victory, the loss was a team effort from Van Alstyne (12-12) who rallied strong despite the final results.

“We played together as a team tonight which is why we were able to stay up with them at least.” Valdez said.

The Lady Panthers started out the season slow but gained momentum to break even overall as they neared the halfway point of the season with a 4-5 record in district. The breakdown experienced by Van Alstyne, who has a reputation for strong showings on the court, is viewed by the coaching staff and fans the result of strategy and defensive communication drawbacks rather than player skill levels.

“We lost. No one player stood out tonight really. However, we did play very well. We all had some defensive plays that kept us in the game.” Lady Panther Head Coach Veronica Valdez said.

Van Alstyne will continue district competition on Oct. 17 in Leonard for a conference match against their long time district rivals.