Central's season ends with playoff loss

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Isabelle Groth had four kills in Central’s Oct. 19 playoff loss at Tripoli. (Photo by Bev Hamann)

By Willis Patenaude, Times-Register

The Central volleyball season came to an end Oct. 19, as the Warriors lost their playoff opener against the Tripoli Panthers in straight sets, 25-19, 25-19 and 25-17. They finished the 2020 season with a record of 3-20. 

Against the Panthers, the offense was productive, but ultimately outplayed. Ava Pensel, like clockwork, led the team in assists with 14, while Chelsia Larson added one. 

When it came to kills, the Warriors had one of their best games of the year, with 19 kills on 62 attempts and only 14 kill errors. Brandy Beatty led the team with eight kills, while Isabelle Groth had four, Pensel and Lexi Loan each had two and Kaitlyn Wiley, Larson and Maddy Wille each scored one.

On defense, the Warriors had three blocks, one each by Pensel, Larson and Groth. When it came to digs, the team amassed 25, while the Panthers secured 40, a noticeable difference in the game. Wille was the team leader with 10 digs, followed by Pensel with eight, Beatty with three, Alyson Feickert with two and Alivia Keppler and Wiley with one apiece. 

The Warriors came away with six ace serves, but it was 12 fewer than the Panthers. The aces were scored by Pensel with two, Wiley with two and Larson and Wille each with one. For the game, the Warriors managed an 87.7 percent serve efficiency. 

“The season went well this year. Although we would have liked to have a few more victories, the girls are really starting to understand the game,” said coach Mike Smith. “Unfortunately, we are losing two seniors this year, Ava Pensel and Maddy Wille, who stepped up as leaders and played roles that benefited the team greatly.”

“Consistency is our main goal for next year. We just need to put all the pieces to the puzzle together…I’m looking forward to next year and we should start to see a change in Warrior volleyball,” Smith added.

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