The Panthers Varsity team beat O’Connell for the second time this season in a sweeping victory, winning every set by a lead of at least nine points (25-14, 25-12, 25-16). DJO may have returned home having won on the freshman and JV levels, but PVI won where it mattered most: on the Varsity court. The Panthers beat O’Connell for the second time this season in a sweeping victory, winning every set by a lead of at least nine points. Their defense, led by Jessie Page, who plays the libero position and stands out in a neon pink jersey, was impeccable, but the Panther offense is what really won the game. Mari Page led with well-aimed, powerful hits, showing DJO exactly how a freshman became a starter on the Varsity team.
Senior Nina Askew said there are many reasons the Varsity team is playing well. “We get along very well off the court and that leads to great teamwork on the court.” Askew, along with other team captains Katie Maher, Jessie Page and Sydney Mandrgoc are team leaders and work tirelessly to ensure that all members feel a part of the team’s success. The future West Point cadet also mentioned the home atmosphere.
“We play well at home,” Askew said. “And we hope a lot of students continue to come out and support us, especially this week against Holy Cross.”
The freshman team played second, and nearly kept up the winning streak, losing 25-23 in their second set. The Junior Varsity lost to O’Connell for the second time this season with a score of 0-2.
This marks the tenth win of the Varsity team this season, having lost only three games so far. This week, the Panthers have a crucial home match Thursday against WCAC first place rival Holy Cross.