The EPMS 7th grade J.V. volleyball team returned to the courts for the 2009 season on Monday, Sept. 28. Opening against the Hedrick 1 team, the Panthers quickly jumped ahead with outstanding serving by Hannah Beebe. The Panther defense rallied behind their servers, winning 25 to 19. Game two proved how formidable an opponent Hedrick can be. The see-saw battle continued until Jaden Speedling opened it up with stellar serving at the mid-point. Again, with awesome defense enabled the Panthers to hold off the Hornets 25 to 23. The Hornets took game three 15 to 9.
The Panthers traveled to McLoughlin on Wednesday to take on the Bulldogs. Game one went quickly thanks to excellent serving by Hannah Beebe and Jordan Wallace. Defensive kudos go to Lacy Angel in game one for returning a rocket serve for a side out enabling the Panthers to take the lead. Having won the first game 25 to 19, the Panthers squared off again and played great, winning 25 to 15. Game three turned into a real nail biter going to extra points with the Panthers winning 18 to 16 on a Lacy Angel serve.