Lady Panthers score a victory against the Lady ‘Canes


Andrea Coutu dives to save the ball from a Citrus Hurricanes player. (Photo: Coleman)

The Lecanto Lady Panthers’ Varsity Volleyball team comes out strong and stays strong.

The Lady Panthers brought the heat on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Citrus High School. While the Hurricanes tried to keep up with the fast pace of the game, they could not get it together long enough for a win. The Panthers put in valiant effort to beat the Hurricanes.

The Lady Panthers had their ups and downs during the games and were very resilient in the second game. The score came down to 25 – 18, getting the Panthers closer to winning the match.

In the third and final game the Panthers came out on top with a 25 – 16 win, leaving the Panthers radiant with excitement.

The Panthers have gained much out of the season thus far.

“They are more determined and work better together,” head coach Emily Merritt said.

 The Panthers  have an 8-8 season record. When the season started they had a harder time, but have picked it up and are coming into the games harder than ever.

Junior Marie Buckley spikes the ball towards the Citrus side of the court. (Photo: Coleman)

The players are happy, and the coach is as well.

“I like the excitement of the games and watching how the teams improve over the season,” Merritt said.

The junior varsity and rookie volleyball teams enjoy watching, in hopes that soon, that will be them.

“I think it would be cool to be on varsity,” rookie player Allie Williams said. “They won by a landslide.”

All of the players have come a long way since the beginning of the season.

Senior Annamaria DiLascio tips the ball and saves it from hitting the net on the Lady Panthers’ side. (Photo: Coleman)

“They have all improved and developed in their position throughout the year,” Merritt said. ” The girls work very well together. They have their ups and downs, but in the end they were able to come out with a win.”

You can watch the Lady Panthers play this Thursday, Oct. 13, against Central High School at Central.