Paisley’s girls’ volleyball team gains win over Walkertown in three sets

Gabby Lloyd of Paisley served well during the second set propelling her team to victory.

Paisley’s girls’ volleyball team gains win over Walkertown in three sets
November 17
04:30 2016

Photo by Timothy Ramsey



When you lose the first set in a best of three format, the pressure can mount quickly as there is no room for error.  The girls from Paisley faced just this scenario in their game against Walkertown. The lady Panthers overcame the odds and won the last two sets to win the match.

Set One started very well for the Wolfpack as Lillian Marshall was serving very well.  The Panthers had a difficult time returning serves as they fell behind 7-2. Paisley had their chances on serve to close the gap but Walkertown stopped any momentum before they could get rolling. Walkertown continued to stretch the lead and won the first set 21-14.

For the second set, Walkertown jumped out early with a 6-1 lead.  They looked to be well on their way to ending the game in two sets.  Paisley’s Gabby Lloyd had other plans as her effective serving brought the Panthers back to tie the game at 8 all.  The Wolfpack attempted to hold on but Leila Holloway ended all hopes as she served out the second set for a Panther win, 21-11.

In the winner-take-all set, both teams came out with renewed intensity. The set was a tight one until Marshall was up to serve once again.  Paisley widened the led to 12-8. Walkertown responded with a run lead by Emily Pugh, which brought them within one.  The Panthers held on in the end for the 15-12 win.

Paisley head coach Carolyn Lovell said she was happy her team was able to rebound from a lost last week to gain their first victory of the year.

“We are really excited that they were able to put together enough points to pull it out in the end,” said Lovell.

Walkertown head coach Debbie Vest said, “I think that our team played a great team game today. There was a lot of passing, setting and spiking, and that’s what I wanted to see.”

Coach Vest added that her team traditionally carries a big team and she wants to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to play.  She said that it’s more important to allow every kid to gain experience playing rather than focusing on wins and losses.

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