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 7th Grade Spikers Get Tough Win Over Shenandoah

October 22, 2008 - Hitting the most difficult portion of their schedule, the Knightstown seventh grade volleyball team took a few knocks on the chin recently, but emerged from the test a better team. The Lady Panthers dropped decisions to larger schools New Castle, Mt. Vernon and Greenfield-Central, but rebounded to knock off Shenandoah last week.

Knightstown brought a dramatic end to a three-match losing streak by defeating the Lady Raiders 25-19, 25-15. Patty Jones served up 15 points in the match, including three aces. Sydney Grizzell played a superb game while setting up her teammates for crucial shots.

“The girls really stepped up tonight,” coach Cindy Hammer said. “Jones was super in the serving spot and Grizzell stepped up her game in setting up our hitters. (Casey) Back, (Emily) Thomas and (Jacquelyn) Hastings were very focused and aggressive. The girls worked together better than any match this season.”

Back served for eight points and added two kills. Hastings had four service points, a defensive dig, two solo blocks and one kill in a great all-around game. Jill Gross and Kinzy Stewart also had service points.


Knightstown didn’t have the numbers to match up with the Class 4A powerhouse Lady Cougars in a 25-9, 25-21 loss. Thomas led the Lady Panthers with six service points and Back added three.

Hastings had an ace, two solo blocks and added two kills in a very aggressive game. Chelsea St. John and Jones both had two service points, while Jill Gross added one point.


Battling another school twice its size, the Lady Panthers played well but fell to Class 4A Mt. Vernon 25-14, 25-23. Thomas led the team with five service points, while Hastings had four points and Abby Hawkins and St. John added two apiece. Grizzell had three passes to target.


The Lady Trojans were the first of three consecutive Class 4A schools the Lady Panthers faced on the schedule. New Castle took control early and cruised to a 25-12, 25-16 win.

Hastings had two service points on two aces and a pair of kills. Jill Gross had three service points, four passes to target and two defensive digs. While Knightstown committed a team total of 35 errors, Gross had just one in an aggressive game.

Grizzell had three service points, two assists and two passes to target. Back and Thomas also had service points.


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