From Staff Reports
With a final game during the district playoffs on October 23, the Ashdown Panthers finished a strong volleyball season. The game against the Baptist Prep Eagles of Little Rock ended with a 3-1 loss after four sets: 23-25, 14-25, 25-18 and 22-25.
Coach Elizabeth Tankersley said the biggest thing that stood out to her about this season was the reception the students gave her. “It’s extremely hard to get a new coach,” Tankersley said. “I had big shoes to fill in coming in and taking over a team that played in a state championship game the previous season. Everything those girls had proven to Coach Tillery with their skillset was gone, and they had to do it all over again.”
The team won 20 games this year, according to Tankersley. She said the athletes never questioned anything, and they came in and put in the work. Tankersley said Mahkia Cook and Jukarra Greenlee were the most improved players this season.
“They both stepped up and played huge roles in both our offense and defense,” Tankersley said. “I’m extremely grateful for every kid in my program, grades 7-12.”
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