Shenandoah District Volleyball : Page County 3, Buffalo Gap 1

Buffalo Gap - 25/18/19/21
Page County-19/25/25/25

SHENANDOAH - There was a great deal on the line for both Buffalo Gap and Page County as the two schools played the first of three matches over a four day period. The Shenandoah District is entering its final week of the regular season and a scheduling bug has both the Lady Panthers and the Lady Bison playing matches on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday night.

Both squads entered Monday with 1-6 records in the District, just one half game behind 4TH place Riverheads (2-6) . Win on Monday and you are tied for fourth, lose and you are alone in 6TH place. Gap's win came at home against PCHS and Page owned an upset over 3RD place Stonewall Jackson (5-3).

Trailing 10-9 in the opening game, Buffalo Gap ran off seven straight points behind the serving of Alison Wilkins. Wilkins scored a pair of aces and Lauren McCutcheon added a pair of kills to give the visitors a 16-10 lead. The two team traded points for the remainder of game 1 until Renee Burford finished it off (25-19) with a kill.

Game 2 was one streak after another with PCHS going first. Niki Zwanwig collected her third kill of the game to help the home team race out to an early 10-2 advantage. Buffalo Gap answered with a 9-1 run of their own to tie the game at 11-11. Brittney Wolfe went to the service line for the Lady Panthers and streak 3 went the way of PCHS by a margin of 9-2.

Zwanwig added 3 more kills to bring her game 2 total up to six as PCHS held on to even the match with a 25-18 victory.

Gap opened a 9-4 lead early in the third game and looked ready to regain the advantage but the Bison suddenly began to struggle from the service line. Multiple service errors made it almost impossible for Gap to string together points the remainder of the game. Zwanwig once again was at the center of the attack and her kill ended the third game at 25-19.

"When we were playing down at their place we had a big lead but they came back and closed out the match," Knight said. "I wasn't surprised they made another run at the match."

To say that Gap made a run in game 4 might be an understatement. PCHS scored the first 11 points of the next game and they still had to hold on at the end. Sophomore Danni Short led the offense with 3 Aces during the 11-0 run but Gap finally pulled to within 19-18 before Zwanwig once again halted the run.

Zwanwig made it 20-18 and then struck again to make it 22-18 and then Anissa Price pushed Gap to the brink of elimination with back to back Aces. Trailing 24-18, Gap made one final run as
Wilkins blistered three straight kills to trim the lead down to 24-21 before Wolfe sent the crowd home happy with the nights final kill.

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