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Lady Panthers wrap first round of district play in playoff position

Griff Servati,
The Van Alstyne Leader
Sydney Sullivan lays out for a dig.

The Lady Panthers have completed the first round through the new district.

The top spot in the district standing was on the line when the Lady Panthers recently hosted Melissa, with whichever team that won the match up taking the district lead through the first round of play.

The Lady Panthers used the home-court advantage to jump out to a 2-0 lead with two wins with the score 25-19. But they could not get that deciding game win despite battling down to the wire.

Melissa would win the next three games 24-26, 23-25, 15-10. The win put Melissa in the district lead, and because of the tight standings between the top four teams, dropped the Lady Panthers to fourth place.

The Lady Panthers had another opportunity to move up in the standings during the next game with Aubrey.

The Lady Panthers looked good in the first game on the Lady Chapparells home court, picking up a 25-18 victory. However, they could not get the ball to land on the opposite side of the court much in the next two games, losing 13-25 and 8-25.

The Lady Panthers responded in game four behind the leadership and net play of seniors Kylie Allen and Valerie Young, winning 25-22. The win forced a deciding game five, where the Lady Chapparells would use the home crowd's energy to pull away 11-15.

After the first round of play, the district standings are: first-place Melissa, second-place Celina, third-place Aubrey, fourth-place Van Alstyne, fifth-place Sanger, sixth-place Anna, and seventh-place Gainesville.

The bottom three teams are out of playoff contention, so the second round will be a fight for playoff seeding among the top four teams.

The Lady Panthers play host to Sanger tonight for the last home game of the season. The Senior Night recognition will happen after the varsity game, which starts at 4:30 p.m.

Kylie Allen celebrates a kill in the matchup at Aubrey.