Published in the Iola Register on Oct. 11, 2013.

Panthers lose two to Clay Center

 Clay Center handed the Concordia High School volleyball team a pair of North Central Kansas League losses Thursday night in the Concordia Junior-Senior High School gymnasium.
Concordia won the first set in the first match, 25-20.
“We started off the night with intensity and momentum in the first set. The girls were clicking and playing well. They were executing our assignments. Our passing and defense were key in generating kills in our offense. Our blockers were protecting the net well. Our servers did a good job of serving tough and keeping their offense out of system,” Concordia coach Rio Brown said, “The girls played to their potential in the first set. That is our expectation every time they step out on the floor. We will continue to work on staying at that level and being more consistent.”
Clay Center tied the match at 1-1 with a 25-14 victory in the second set.
The Tigers won the third and deciding set, 25-16.
“We lost our momentum, our passing struggled and as a result we gave them too many opportunities. Clay Center has some great hitters and blockers, and when they get the confidence to swing, they are going to get a lot of kills,” Brown said.
Jordan Eshbaugh had nine kills, six digs, two blocks and three service points with an ace for Concordia.
Jera Metro finished with eight kills, four digs and two service points with an ace.
Leyli Beims had six kills for the Panthers.
Shania Anguish had seven digs and eight service points with an ace.
Chandler Lamm had four digs and five service points with three aces.
Megan James had five service points with an ace and two blocks.
Faith Balthazor had 34 good sets in 36 attempts with 23 assists, two kills and four service points with two aces.
Clay Center won the second match in straight sets, 25-13, 25-17.
“Our serve receive and defense struggled, and our front line wasn’t quick enough to slow down or channel their attacks. We didn’t have enough hitting attempts as a result of our passing,” Brown said, “It was our last home game for our seniors. We want to thank the seniors and their families for what they have done over the last four years. They are a great group of girls that we will miss.”
Eshbaugh had four kills and five digs in the match.
Balthazor had 28 good sets in 28 attempts with 12 assists, four service points and two digs.
Beims had four kills and a block.
Sabrina Stolzenburg added three kills.
Anguish had five digs and two service points.
Lamm had four digs.
James had three digs and a kill.
Concordia plays in the Marysville Invitational on Saturday.