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10-27-03: Panthers head to regionals


NAPOLEON — How does a team with a 10-15 record make it to the regional volleyball tournament?
For Parkway, it’s simple; play a rigorous schedule in the regular season and then peak at the right time as the postseason begins.
That’s what the Panthers have done this year and it has paid off as Parkway edged Swanton 8-15, 15-5, 15-8 to capture the Division III district title at Napoleon’s Grand Canyon on Saturday.
“I think that once the regular season ended that we decided as a team to start out new for the tournament and we have played well in the tournament,” said Parkway senior Amanda Jutte. “Our record doesn’t show as well as we have played at times this year. We all know that we can do it, and we have started to put it together. We play a lot of good teams in our league and that prepares us for situations like the tournament brings.”
“We knew from early in the season that we have a good team, but we just haven’t played like it all the time this year,” said Parkway senior Emily Snyder. “Our seniors want it so bad and I think that it has showed in our play. We may not have beaten state-ranked teams like St. Henry or Minster in our league, but we competed with them and proved to ourselves that we can do it.”
Parkway (10-15) now moves on to the regional tournament on Wednesday against Margaretta at Liberty-Benton High School in Findlay beginning at 6:30 p.m. Swanton bows out of tournament play with a 15-8 mark.
It’s the first time the Panthers have been to the regional tournament since going to state in 1997.
“People probably look at our record and think that it’s going to be an easy win, but we play some of the best competition in the state to prepare us and you have to throw out records when the tournament begins,” said Parkway head coach Todd Henkle. “Swanton is a nice team, but nothing like we see in our conference. You want to play in the MAC because it gets you ready for tournament time.
“Our whole goal was to be playing well come tournament time,” continued Henkle. “We didn’t think that we were going to be league champs, maybe an outside shot, but our whole focus was to look forward to tournament and make our mark there. I got into every match thinking that we can win that match and I think that our girls are starting to believe that too.”
“I think that we all knew that we could get to this point if we kept playing with heart,” said Parkway senior Cassie Steinbrunner. “I just think that it’s all a matter of this team coming together and playing as a team. We just had to start to believe in ourselves and I think that’s what we have done.”
The Panthers earned their regional berth on Saturday by posting a come-from-behind win after watching Swanton win game one, 15-8.
The first game loss seemed to wake up Parkway as the Panthers jumped out to a 10-0 lead in game two. Good serving and a balanced hitting attack paved the way to the early lead in game two. Parkway’s Erica Yoder served the first six points behind kills from Emily Snyder, Cassie Steinbrunner and Abby Harner to force a Swanton timeout.
Parkway picked up four more unanswered points highlighted by kills from Rebekah Roehm and Yoder to lead 10-0.
Swanton was able to mount a comeback in game two with five straight points after the 10-0 deficit as Abby LaVigne had two kills and a block to paced the comeback.
The comeback didn’t last long, though, as Parkway scored the next five points to win game two. Snyder, Steinbrunner and Harner each had kills during the run and back-to-back errors on Swanton accounted for the five unanswered points.
Things didn’t exactly look good for Parkway early in game three as Swanton got out to a 7-4 lead behind a strong serving attack by the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs totaled ?? aces in the contest, but the serve reception got better for the Panthers midway through game three and that sparked a comeback for Parkway.
Facing a three-point deficit, Parkway regained its confidence and scored seven straight points to take a 11-7 lead.
A Parkway error got Swanton to within three points again, but the Panthers smelled blood in the water and put the game away with a string of four consecutive points off of Deidra Adams’ serve to win game three and the district title. Roehm, Steinbrunner and Harner each had kills to bring the match to game point and then a combo block by Steinbrunner and Roehm clinched it.
“We lost game one, but I don’t think that our girls ever lost their confidence,” pointed out Henkle. “Once we got used to their serving, we were able to stay focused and get our offense going. This is probably as proud of any team that I have been in a long time.”


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