YORK – The Panthers lost their conference match against Kansas Wesleyan in straight sets, but were able to salvage the day with a five-set, come-from-behind thriller, against Haskell. In the night cap Kelsey Taylor (JR/Moore, Okla) eclipsed the 1,000 career digs with her 34 dig performance.
(written by Austin Dredge) The York College Panthers fought hard against the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes at home on Saturday afternoon, but were unable to take a game as they lost 21-25, 23-25, and 24-26.
The Coyotes jumped out early with a 10-5 lead before the Panthers battled back. York was able to tie the game at 15 and then come within one point late at 20-21. However, the Yotes scored four of the final five points to take the set 25-21. Game two was similar to the first as York found themselves behind early and then made a game of it towards the end, but couldn’t get the lead. The final set was the closest as neither team could build a comfortable lead. After the Panthers found themselves down 16-20 they went on a 4-0 run tie it up. It was the Yotes who would survive though as the finished the extended set with an attack error by Molly Little (SO/Billings, Mont).
Cassidy Wilson (JR/Moore, Okla) led the Panthers on the attack with nine kills and was followed by Molly Little who had eight kills. Makenzi Kissman (FR/Aurora, Colo) and Jolene Herzog (SR/Pullman, Wash) each had 16 assists in the match. Natalie Carrasco (SR/Moreno Valley, Calif) led the team with nine digs. Kansas Wesleyan’s leaders at the net were Hannah Reynolds who had a match high with 13 kills and Valerie Most who had 12 kills. On the defensive side, Bailey Gillig and Paige Johnson both led the Coyotes with 10 digs.
(AJ Scheerer-Hamm contributed) After falling behind two sets to zero York had their work cut out for them trying to escape the day with a win. The first game belonged to Haskell as the Panthers struggled from the get go. In the second set it seemed like York was ready to take the game as they were up 19-16. However, the Indians finished the game on a 9-3 run to go up two games.
With the Panthers backs against the wall they came out in game three ready to make a statement. Up 9-7 York went on their biggest run of the night as they staged an 11-4 run to go up 20-11. Three ball handling errors by Kissman allowed the Indians to come back but the Panthers took game three 25-19.
Game four was very close as neither team had larger than a one point lead from 15-14 until 22-21. Herzog served an ace for a two point lead and the Panthers finished off the run 25-21.
The fifth game had the fans on edge as it was a nail biter to the end. Another back and forth battle saw the game knotted at 13. York had match point at 15-14 before back-to-back kills by Haskell had them looking at match point. A service ace by Cassidy Wilson gave the Panthers the lead again at 17-16. After a kill by Haskell’s Krista Costa, Molly Little hammered down a kill before an attack by Haskell went long to secure York’s comeback 19-17.
Wilson led the team with 16 kills, followed by Little’s 14. Herzog had a team high 31 assists and Kelsey Taylor led the team with 34 digs.
York improves to 3-15 on the season and will host Tabor College Saturday afternoon in the Freeman Center with a 2 p.m. start.