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Warriors hand Patriots first PAC-7 loss

Kaitlyn Mullins

Thursday night the Providence Grove Patriots hosted the Wheatmore Warriors for a PAC-7 volleyball match. The Warriors came in undefeated on the season at 7-0, while the Patriots were 6-1 before Thursday’s contest.

Emma Saunders killed one across the net to put Providence Grove on the board first. The Patriots went up 2-0 before the Warriors could score their first point. Wheatmore was able to gain a point as they made this a 1-2 match. Saunders once again picked up a kill as she helped the Patriots go up 4-1. Wheatmore closed the gap as they came back within one point. Kennedy Powell hit a kill as she tied the game at 5 a piece. Providence Grove allowed the Warriors to take the lead as they went up 10-7. Helping the Warriors were Hope Turbyfill as she served an ace and Carson Elliot who sent a kill across the net. A serving error by the Warriors allowed the Patriots to close the gap to two points. Wheatmore went on a 4-0 run for a 15-9 lead over the Patriots. Saunders picked up another kill to give Providence Grove 10 points. Lauren Wright and Elliot advanced Wheatmore’s lead to 8 points making it a 19-11 set. Providence Grove squeezed in a point before the Warriors went up 21-12. Wheatmore went on to win the first set 25-12.

Starting strong with a 7-0 lead in the second set was the Warriors. Helping the Warriors with that lead was Krista Tuggle with an ace and a kill from Powell. Providence Grove scored their first point as they interrupted the Warriors scoring streak. Wheatmore went up 9-1 before Saunders scored the Patriots’ second point of the set. The Patriots got lucky as they scored on a free ball against the Warriors. Providence Grove made it a 4-10 match. The Warriors put another point on the board before the Patriots gained a kill from Kaitlin Sexton. A serving error on the Patriots gave the Warriors a free point making it a 13-5 set. Madilyn Rhoney sent a kill across the net to cut the lead to 13-8. Wheatmore added another point to their total making it a 14-8 set. Providence Grove picked up back to back points as Rhoney hit a back row attack making it a 10-14 set. Wheatmore stepped up their play with a 6-0 run to take a 20-10 lead. Saunders, Peyton Grettler, and Sexton blocked three straight shots as they added two points to their total. Wheatmore won the second set 25-14.

A serving error by the Patriots during the opening moments of the third set allowed the Warriors the first point. The Warriors went up 2-0 before the Patriots scored their first point from Saunders. Wheatmore continued to show their hitting strengths as they went up 5-1. Grettler gained a kill for the Patriots as well as a serving an ace to give the Patriots 3 points. Turbyfill slammed the ball down across the net to gain a kill for the Warriors. Providence Grove received another point to give them 4 total points. Wheatmore was able to score three points in a row giving themselves a total of 9 points. Providence Grove responded as they also scored three straight points from the help of Madelyn Grettler as she made this a 7-9 set. Going up five more points were the Warriors as they made it a 14-7 set. Both teams went back and forth the next couple points before Wheatmore went up 18-9. Reagan Koenig hit a kill as she closed the gap to eight points for the Patriots. Wheatmore was five points away from winning when M. Grettler tipped the ball over the net making it an 11-20 set. The Warriors would go on to win the third set 25-11. Wheatmore claimed victory over the Patriots 3-0 to keep their undefeated season.

Top hitter for the Warriors was Carson Elliot with 11 kills, while Krista Tuggle dished out 26 assists and 4 aces. For the Patriots, Saunders finished with 8 kills and Alli Young had 11 digs.

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