ROYAL CENTER — Pioneer’s volleyball team has certainly held its own against Logansport in recent years.
The Panthers were back at it again Tuesday night, turning back the Berries with a 25-15, 25-22, 13-25, 25-21 win.
“I thought this was a match that both teams needed to win just to get some momentum going into the rest of the season,” Pioneer coach Rod Nies said. “We’ve both expressed how much our teams have been struggling here, just finishing games. It was good to see our girls come out and finish games.”
After winning the first set with relative ease, the Panthers won game two with the help of some Logan errors after the Berries had tied the match at 22-all.
The third set was all Logan, but Pioneer quickly recovered to win game four.
Pioneer led most of the way in the fourth set and built up a 20-16 lead. The Berries answered and with the help of a service error and two straight kills by Sydney Bullard they got back to within 20-19, causing Nies to call a timeout.
After the break, Sarah Dorris made a perfect pass on a serve by Katie Easter, got the set back and came up with a big kill to make it 21-19 Pioneer. Following a carry by Logansport, Kayte Miller came up with two straight kills to make it 24-19. A Monika Ness kill and net violation by Pioneer got Logan to within 24-21 before Lyndsey Stewart ended the match with a kill, her seventh of the match.
Dorris finished with 13 kills, 20 digs and three aces to lead the Panthers (3-3).
“It’s really awesome because they’re so big and we’re such a small school,” said Dorris, as Logan has about four times the enrollment of Pioneer.
The Panthers looked like a different team from the last time they played in Royal Center two weeks earlier in the season opener against Rochester.