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Both Westwood and Grapeland head into Saturday’s bracket play of the Lady Panther Volleyball tournament at Westwood as winners of their pools, joining Overton as the three No. 1 seeds in the event.


The Lady Panthers will take on Jacksonville at 8 a.m. in the Westwood Junior High gym to begin play Saturday. The Maidens finished fourth in Pool A.


Grapeland will take on the Westwood junior varsity at 9 a.m. in the high school gym.


Oakwood and Frankston, the other two local squads in the tournament, both finished third in their pools, and will take on teams that finished second.


Oakwood will take on Latexo at 8 a.m. in the high school, while Frankston will battle TK Gorman at 9 a.m. in the junior high.


The Frankston JV, which finished fourth in Pool B, will take on Overton.


Both Westwood and Grapeland won their opening games with ease Thursday, with Westwood dominating Athens, 2-0 (25-15, 25-16), behind a four-kill effort from MiKayla Benson and three kills from Ciara Parker.


Grapeland — despite struggling early — swept the Whitehouse JV, 2-0 (25-20, 25-16).


Andi Huff led the Sandiettes with five kills, while JaLesia Walker added three more.


Shelby Frauenberger had a team-high six assists in the win.



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By JUSTIN RAINSPalestine Herald-PressThe Palestine Herald-PressSat Aug 20, 2011, 09:45 PM CDT The Westwood volleyball team is still a young squad trying to find itself and adjust to new roles.


After this weekend, the process may have sped up.


Despite dropping Game 1 of the championship match of their own tournament, the Lady Panthers won the final two games to claim the tournament title, 2-1 (22-25, 26-24, 15-9), over Overton.


“I feel like that kind of win was a big step for us,” WHS coach Janae Evans said. “We haven’t been in that pressure situation and I felt like we took a big step today with that.”


It wasn’t an easy win for the Lady Panthers, who trailed 9-5 at one point in Game 3.


But the young Westwood squad responded, ending an emphatic 10-0 clinching run with a kill by junior Ciara Parker.


“We just have to have confidence in what we’re doing and all be on the same page,” WHS junior Marialle Boles said. “We have to get all working together.”


Game 3 wasn’t the first sign of adversity for the Lady Panthers, or the first time they responded well.


In Game 2, Westwood led by as many as seven points before Overton clawed its way back into the game.


After Overton tied things up at 12, Westwood took another rather commanding lead at 17-13, topped off by a kill from sophomore MiKayla Benson.


Overton then led 24-23, on the verge of clinching the match when Westwood answered with a 3-0 run to end it, capped off by another kill from Benson, one of her four.


“We’ve never played together before and most of the people we have now played on the freshman team last year, so to come up on varsity is a very big step,” WHS senior libero Rachel Abke said. “(The tournament win) is pretty big.”


The Lady Panthers presented a balanced attack in the match, with five different players tallying at least three kills.


Also, both Parker and junior Marialle Boles finished with five blocks, while both junior Heather Wooden and sophomore Neeli Hardison had more than seven assists.


Boles led the team with five kills, while Benson, Parker and senior Emily Mackie had four. Trista Fields finished with three.


Abke had a team-high 13 digs, while Fields pitched in 11. Every Westwood player tallied at least one dig.


Westwood hosts Malakoff Tuesday, with subvarsity play set to begin at 4:30 p.m.


Athens won the tournament’s third-place game, defeating T.K. Gorman, 2-1. The Whitehouse JV won the consolation bracket.





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Nice win for Westwood. Sounds like they are starting to get on a roll. Grapeland hosted Westwood in the first scrimmage of the year and absolutely dominated them. I'm glad things are turning around for Westwood.

On Grapeland's side of things, incosistancies are killing them. I don't even know what to expect from them now.

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