Panthers volleyball split early-season tests

Coming off a 3-1 win against Legacy Christian Academy one night earlier, Spring Lake Park couldn’t replicate that success in a 3-0 volleyball loss (25-10, 25-18, 26-24) to Tartan Aug. 27.

Panthers coach Sarah Herlofsky said her side struggled to keep the ball in play early and never really recovered. “We started slow and they were strong,” she said. “Tartan was hitting pretty consistent and we had too many errors. It took us longer than it should have to read their defense, too.”

Once Spring Lake Park adjusted to the Tartan defense and the setters connected, it was too late.

“They figured it out as it moved along and the setters connected to win some points,” Herlofsky said. “It wasn’t a bad match.”

Consistently strong serving from senior outside hitter Lauren Putnam and once the team could set up senior outside hitter Rachel Klesk, the points started to roll against an unknown opponent, she said.

The Panthers continued the non-conference schedule against Bloomington Jefferson Aug. 29 and St. Francis Sept. 3.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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