The Lady Panther volleyball team pushed its District 10-3A record to 3-0 with an exciting 3-2 win over Farmersville on Sept. 16.
It was Van Alstyne’s first win over the Lady Farmers in the past four season’s and Farmersville’s first district loss for the year.
The first set was a back-and-forth affair with 13 ties, the last coming at 20-20.
An ace by Torin Riddick put the Lady Panthers on top, 21-20 and they went on to a 25-21 win. Riddick had another ace, before a kill by Sadie Ingram and a block by Sydney Ingram sealed the set.
Farmersville took an early lead in the second and held on throughout in a 25-15 win.
Peyton Welch had two early kills and two late winners by Elizabeth Purser could not overcome the Lady Farmers big lead.
Van Alstyne got its second, 25-21 win of the match in the third set.
Two kills by Welch kept the set close before Farmersville took a 20-18 lead.
Van Alstyne came back to tie it at 20 each before a Riddick kill put the Lady Panthers on top. They went on to take the four-point win.
Farmersville dominated in the fourth set, taking a 25-16 decision to tie the match.
In the 15-point tiebreaker, the Ingrams, Sadie and Sydney, sent in winners early and a Riddick kill tied the set at 7-7.
It was tied at 10 each before misplays by the visitors and another Welch kill gave Van Alstyne a 15-12 win to take the match.
“I’m super proud of my kids for the way they played in this one,” Van Alstyne Coach LeQuia Collins said.
All of the Lady Panther wins have come at home, and on Sept. 20th the team begins a four-game road trip in Leonard.
After a bye on Sept. 23 Van Alstyne will play at Commerce, Howe and Lone Oak before hosting Leonard on Oct. 7.