Ashdown volleyball team takes on district playoffs

From Staff Reports

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The Ashdown Panthers won their first game in the district playoffs against the Jessieville Lions 3-1 on October 21.

The Ashdown Panthers started the district playoffs with one win and one loss, and the October 23 game will determine whether or not the volleyball team will continue to the state tournament.

The Panthers came out with a win on October 21 against the Jessieville Lions with a score of 3-1. Each set came down to a four-points-or-less difference — 21-25, 25-22, 25-21 and 25-22 — but Ashdown took the win and advanced to the next game on October 22.

Facing the Episcopal Wildcats of Little Rock, the Panthers lost 1-3, but the game still shows the progress the team has made over the season.

“We had been swept by Episcopal in all six sets we faced them this year, and tonight we finally took a set off of them, forcing a game of four,” Coach Elizabeth Tankersley said. “We played extremely well in spurts but couldn’t consistently make big plays when we needed to. They worked as hard as they could and never quit.”

The Panthers will play Baptist Prep on October 23 at 5 p.m. in Fountain Lake. The game will determine if this is the end of the volleyball season or if the team will play in the state tournament.

“If we win, we advance to the state tournament,” Tankersley said. “If we lose, we are finished.”

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