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Putnam County junior Paige Griffith dives for a ball Thursday during the Lady Panthers’ 25-11, 25-19 victory over Peoria Christian in a Tri-County Conference match in Granville. NewsTribune photo/Scott Anderson
GRANVILLE — The Putnam County volleyball team came out excited Thursday night for a Tri-County Conference match against Peoria Christian.
The result was a quick start in each set as the Lady Panthers cruised to a 25-11, 25-19 victory at R.M. Germano Gymnasium.
“I think we did good,” Putnam County senior Taylor Erjasvek said. “We were really enthusiastic at the start so we got leads and it made the rest of the game more fun.”
The fun began early for PC and never stopped.
In the first set, after getting a sideout, Paige Griffith served up four consecutive points to help the Lady Panthers to a 5-0 lead.
Putnam County never trailed the rest of the night and were only tied with Peoria Christian at the start of the second set.
“It was nice to get the lead early and play with the lead the whole night,” Putnam County coach Amy Kreiser said. “A lot of girls did good things. We really played together. There were a lot of scrappy rallies and we continued to pursue the ball.
“The girls came out and we were serving well. Paige had a nice run (to start the match). The girls did a good job hitting their zones and we came out wanting to hit the ball.”
Erjasvek and Lauren Colby put down five kills each, while Kirsten Davis and Taylor Pettit each had three kills.
“It was great to get to run a lot of different options,” Kreiser said. “The girls hit out of different spots. I like when the kills are spread out. It makes our offense more of a threat when we spread it around.”
The victory improves the Lady Panthers to 10-2-1 overall and 3-0 in the Tri-County Conference.
“We really wanted to be 3-0 in the conference,” Erjasvek said. “We’re excited about that and we hope we can keep it up the rest of the conference games.”
The Lady Panthers, who play in the Windsor Tournament this weekend and at Woodland on Thursday, hope the strong start in the conference helps them at the TCC Tournament seeding meeting.
“It’s great to start 3-0,” Kreiser said. “The girls are very driven. Last year, we were fourth (in the TCC tournament). We want to play in the final on Saturday. We still have a few matches before the seeding meeting. We hope to continue and end up with a good seed.”
Griffith had 11 assists, five points, five digs and two aces for Putnam County, while Megan Rehn had eight points and eight assists.
Note: The Putnam County sophomore team won in three sets.
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.
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