Panthers shock South
The Hibriten volleyball team defeated South Caldwell for the first time in more than four years in a five-set thriller on Monday in Sawmills.
“Tonight we found out what this team is made of,” Hibriten head coach Kelly Bryant said. “I think we learned a good lesson in perseverance. I’m very proud of the way we played.”
The scores of the games in Monday’s match were 25-22, 20-25, 25-22, 13-25 and 16-14.
“We just made too many errors tonight,” South head coach Vickie Reising. “It doesn’t matter who you play, if you make unforced errors, you’re not going to win. We’re going to use this as a humbling experience.”
After Hibriten took a 2-1 lead in the match, the Spartans responded with a dominating performance in the fourth set to force a fifth and final game. The Panthers jumped out to a quick 4-1 advantage, but South responded to take an 8-5 lead, including back-to-back kills by Rebecca Kale.
Ally Soldati later had back-to-back kills of her own to bring Hibriten back into a tie at 10-10. Moments later, Soldati had another kill to put the Panthers up 14-13, but a kill by South’s Lauren Arrington brought the game back to a tie.
Hibriten went back up by one on a South error and Katie Bruce came up with a big block to end the set and give the Panthers the victory.
Soldati led Hibriten with 20 kills and six blocks. Bruce added seven kills and three blocks. Anna Frye had five aces for the Panthers, while Hannah Bryant scored 10 service points. Gwyneth Stanislaw contributed with 14 digs.
For South, Rachel Anderson had a double-double with 20 kills and 10 digs. Arrington had 11 kills and five blocks, while Kale had four kills, 10 assists and six digs. Ashlin Walsh added 20 assists.