COVID-19 concerns forced the North Lamar Pantherettes to sit out of two weeks of UIL competition. However, the team made its return to the volleyball court in impressive fashion Wednesday. The Pantherettes opened up district play at Liberty-Eylau and were dominant from the start. North Lamar left Texarkana with a victory over the Lady Leopards in straight sets. The Pantherettes swept L-E by a final score of 25-9, 28-26, and 25-14.
North Lamar was forced to miss two weeks worth of games due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 exposure. With that, the hiatus forced the team to cancel scheduled games against Commerce and Carthage. However, the team responded well without missing a beat by toppling L-E while moving to 1-0 in district.
Senior outside hitter Ashley Trenchard led the winning effort with 11 kills, while senior libero Noel Rainey added 2 kills and a team-high 12 digs. Senior outside hitter Macy Richardson recorded 3 kills and 7 digs in a solid outing for the team. Meanwhile, senior setter Emma Doyal tallied 10 assists and 3 digs.
Junior middle Hutton Pointer had 2 kills and 3 blocks, while Pantherette sophomore Maddie Walters totaled 4 kills and 6 blocks. North Lamar junior Hannah Titlow also chipped in with 4 kills. Erica King and Maleah Holbrook also added to the win. King registering 2 kills and Holbrook poured in 16 assists and 4 digs.
The Pantherettes look to win another district game at 4:30 p.m. Friday at home against Gilmer. For more sports coverage, click here.