“We started off with Fort Wayne Blackhawk. They ended up winning our pool and we beat them,” Pioneer coach Rod Nies said. “We just fell apart against Marquette. We couldn’t serve receive. It was kind of like Rochester where we couldn’t get going. We made mental mistake after mental mistake. Michigan City, the same thing there, we didn’t play all that well. We had the lead but couldn’t put them away. That seems to be a continuous problem in the early season for us. South Bend Adams was not that good. I was able to get my freshmen in there quite a bit. The scores weren’t nearly as close as they appear.
“We’ve got to get back in the gym and work on ball control and communication. We’ve got to cut down on the errors we’re making, the unforced errors. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We could be pretty good but we’re not there yet.”
The Panthers have next week off match-wise and will host Logansport a week from Tuesday.
Cass went 1-3 on the day.
The Kings closed out the day with their lone win, 25-18, 25-8 over Southern Wells. Trish Hartley had eight kills and Tori Powell had nine digs. Aubrey Young served seven aces.
The Kings (1-5 overall) opened with a 25-14, 25-19 loss to Wawasee. Hartley had six kills and Kassi Zeck had seven digs.
The Kings were defeated by Tipton 25-10, 22-25, 15-8. Hartley had four kills and Claire Crum had six digs.
The Kings lost to Mississinewa 25-8, 25-10. Hartley had three kills and Karley Arion had four digs.
“We started out slowly moving and reacting to plays,” Cass coach Gretchen Crum said. “We fixed that and then had a spell of hitting errors. We improved that a little and then played pretty poor defense.