Shane Merrill | Writer
The volleyball battle of the year came to fruition last Tuesday night, with longtime foes Parker and Chester meeting in Chester. The Pheasants were undefeated on the season with the Flyers having just one loss. Parker tried to get things rolling in the contest, but the Flyers seemed to have an answer at ever turn, handing the Pheasants their first loss of the season 3-1 and regaining control of the Big East Conference.
The first set was controlled by the Flyers from start to finish. Parker tried to make a run after setting in, pulling within one, 11-10, but it was all Chester after that, as the home team outscored Parker 14-5, taking the win 25-15 and leading 1-0.
Parker did take an early lead in the second game, going up 11-10, but once again the pesky Flyers made a big run, winning again 25-15 and leading 2-0.
The Pheasants needed to win the third set, and did just that, quickly going ahead and never turning back, thanks to kills from Shelby Lang and Brooke Berens pushing Parker to a 25-21 victory and pulling within 2-1. Parker once again needed a win in set four, and looked poised to do just that, trading blows with the host team, and eventually knotting at 22-22. Parker appeared to nearly get a block to fall on the next point, but a miraculous save by the Flyers resulted in a late point, with Chester winning the next three points and taking the win 25-22 and the match 3-1.
Leading Parker was Lang with 11 kills, Berens with 10 and Ryleigh Andersen with eight. Defensivley, Berens had five blocks while Breana Jensen led with 29 digs and Lang 22. Cierra Mohr also dished out 32 assists. The loss dropped Parker to 9-1 on the season.
Up next Parker faced conference foe Baltic and then played in the Pentagon tournament Saturday.
Pheasants rebound against Baltic
Coming off a tough loss to rival Chester, the Parker volleyball team traveled to Baltic last week to face off against a salty Bulldog squad. The Pheasants needed every last point, but were able to squeak by in a 3-2 thriller, entering the toughest tournament of the year.
Parker was able to find a way to the victory in the first set, thanks to big kills from Brooke Berens, Shelby Lang and Ryleigh Andersen. The Pheasants took the lead and held on for a 25-20 win.
The second set was the Bulldogs, as they rebounded for a 25-21 victory, evening the match at 1-1.
Parker dominated the third set, jumping ahead by 10 early and never looking back, taking the win 25-11 and leading the match 2-1.
Things were tight in the fourth, as with a victory the Pheasants would secure the match. Baltic had other plans, coming down to the wire the Pheasants looked to make a run, but the Bulldogs somehow found a way, winning 25-23 and knotting the match at 2-2 sending the teams to a fifth and deciding set.
The race to 15 was on in the final frame, with both teams trading blows early in the set. Parker burned a timeout early, down 7-4, but came roaring back, scoring several points off big blocks from Berens which sealed the win 15-10 and the match 3-2, pushing Parker’s record to 10-1 on the season.
No stats were reported by press time.