By Marco Clark, exclusive to the Times
The Lady Chiefs made short work of the Lady Panthers of Parkway Thursday evening at home. The Chiefs home crowd celebrated with the theme of “County and Western” night to help cheer the Lady Chiefs to victory. The outfits served two important purposes, first was entertaining the crowd, and the second to distract the players from Parkway. Both were very effective in doing so.
The Lady Chiefs took an early 7-point lead before Parkway scored their first point of the set. The lead the Lady Chiefs built was too much for the Lady Panthers to overcome. The Panthers lost the first set Chiefs 25-10. During the second set, the Lady Chiefs played perhaps their best set this season. The young ladies were communicating on every series of volleys, which in turn allowed minimal mistakes but paid off big dividends and a second victory. Going into the third set the Panthers were facing a sweep by the Lady Chiefs and were desperate to pull out a victory.
The Lady Chiefs had other plans. From the outset of the set, the Lady Chiefs looked to get a clean sweep for the evening and they did just that. With the set starting off with a back and forth point-for-point initial start, Chiefs head coach Nikki Murphy called a time out to calm her players and refocus. They did by scoring eight consecutive points.
After taking a sizable lead of 17-5 the Lady Chiefs appeared to have broken the Panthers will to continue. The Lady Chiefs finished the game with a 25-10 point victory winning the series 3-0.