The Stockbridge volleyball team held off a furious rally by Laingsburg to take down the Wolfpack in five sets Tuesday night 26-24, 25-11, 21-25, 22-25, 15-10.
The Panthers jumped out to a quick 8-3 in the opening set, but Laingsburg went on a 9-4 run to tie the set at 12. Stockbridge jumped back on top 20-15 only yo have the Wolfpack cut the lead to 20-19.
Another Stockbridge run put the Panthers up 24-20, but Laingsburg again rallied to tie the game at 24.
The Panthers closed out the set with two straight points, with the final point coming on a line drive serve by Breanna Salyer that Laingsburg was unable to get back over the net in three tries.
Laingsburg took an early 8-5 lead in the second set, but the Panthers rallied back with four straight service points by Sylvia Whitt for a 10-8 lead.
The score stood at 14-11 Panthers when Madison Mazuca stepped the service line. Laingsburg would not get the serve back the rest of the set as Mazuca recorded 11 straight service points, including four aces as the Panthers rolled to a 25-11 second set win.
The Panthers had the momentum and looked to sweep the match after jumping out to a 7-1 lead in the third set, but Laingsburg did not quit.
Stockbridge led 18-15, but the Wolfpack rallied back to tie it at 21 forcing a Panther timeout. Laingsburg kept the momentum and scored the last four points of the set to win 25-21.
The fourth set saw the teams going back and forth with the Panthers jumping out to an 8-5 lead, only to have Laingsburg retake the lead 13-10.
The Panthers scored five straight points and took a 19-17 lead, but again Laingsburg came back to tie it at 20. The game was tied at 22 when the Wolfpack closed out the set with three straight points to take it 25-22 and tied the match at 2-2.
Stockbridge took a 7-4 lead on a Whitt block at the net, but Laingsburg had one last rally in them to tie it a 7.
The Panthers calmed down and scored four of the next five points to take an 11-8 lead.
Gwen Rogozinski fired back to back aces to give the Panthers a 13-8 lead and then Grace Hall had a monster kill to make it 14-8. Salyer and Kaylie Shepard made big saves to set up Hall’s big spike at the net.
Salyer then closed out the match with her big serve.
Mazuca had a big night with 17 points, 14 assists, and five aces to lead the Panthers. Hall led the team in digs with 14 and 13 kills, while Salyer had 14 points and 12 digs. Whitt finished with 11 kills and Shepard 10 assists.
The Panthers will take on Dansville in the D3 District Semifinals Thursday at 7:00 PM in Dansville.