Panthers make quick sweep of Indians

By Joe Blystone - For the Expositor

In a volleyball match that lasted about 50 minutes, Delta made quick work of visiting Waite, defeating the Indians 25-11, 25-13, 25-11 on Thursday in the Jungle.

Three Kinsey Finnen service aces helped the Panthers break away from a 4-4 tie in the first set to a 9-4 lead.

Abby Freeman’s ride the net and fall into no man’s land shot, a tip from Madi Nadolny and Finnen’s left-side kill helped extend the lead to 17-9.

After the Indians used a Panther serving error and a Delta hitting error to get within 17-11, Delta rattled off the last eight points that included four Finnen kills and an ace from Raelyn Hutchinson to end the set.

Finnen’s three points early in the second set boosted Delta to a 6-1 lead before Panther coach Kelly Finnen began to sub freely.

That move almost backfired as Waite scored 10 of the next 13 points, mostly on Panther hitting mistakes to claim an 11-9 lead.

However Freeman’s push, Finnen’s left-side kill and Sydney Creps’ ace restored some order to allow the Panthers to grab a 12-11 lead.

From that point, Delta took control as Finnen scored again and again from the left side, Freeman nailed an ace and a tip at the net, Breanna Elendt aced the Indians and Brooklyn Green ended the second set with a kill.

Delta was in full control in the final set as Reagan Rouleau’s change up score started the set and the Panthers never looked back, scoring no less than 10 service aces, including seven from Freeman, two more from Finnen and another from Alexa Tinney.

The Panthers now travel to Wauseon for an NWOAL match tonight against the Indians.

Delta then split a tri-match with Toledo Central Catholic and Cardinal Stritch on Saturday. They fell to the Irish in a pair of matches but won against Cardinal Stritch.

In the win over Stritch, Kinsey Finnen led the Panthers with nine kills and eight digs and Green added five kills.

By Joe Blystone

For the Expositor