Although they found multiple ways to keep the ball alive in their game against Midland High on Tuesday, the Permian volleyball team couldn’t maintain an attacking pace.
The Lady Panthers dropped out of their second straight District 2-6A contest, falling 25-20, 25-18, 21-25, 25-18 at the Permian Fieldhouse.
Permian recorded 46 digs in total, finding ways to retaliate when the Lady Bulldogs built a lead.
“It took us a little while to get in tune with them,” Permian head coach Gillian Herrera said. “Once we finally found the rhythm, we picked up the balls and kept them alive.
“We would just make costly attack mistakes or miss a service.”
When Midland High took a 5-4 lead in the first set, the Lady Bulldogs did not relinquish the lead and only allowed Permian to equalize once at 8-8.
Behind the kills and Kansas State blocks commit Aniya Clinton, Midland High was able to secure a 25-20 victory in the first set.
The Lady Bulldogs got off to an even quicker start in the second set, taking a 5-0 lead.
The closest the Lady Panthers (24-10 overall, 1-2 District 2-6A) came to reducing that deficit was when they trailed 6-4 after a victory by Nyxalee Munoz.
After Midland High (14-13, 2-2) took the 25-18 second victory, Permian started to come to life on the offensive side of the ball.
Permian led the third set from the start, until attacking errors gave the Lady Bulldogs a chance to come back.
Things were tied at 21-21 until the Lady Panthers scored 4-0 to force the game into a fourth set.
“Every team in our district is tough, there is never a freebie,” said Midland High head coach Bethany Johnstone. “We’ve seen Permian in a tournament before, so we knew it was going to be tough.”
Johnstone added that the match felt like a rivalry and that she knew her team would have a two-way battle with the Permian.
The Lady Bulldogs would secure the match victory with a fourth set victory, moving away after Permian was able to keep things close from the start.
Jade Workman led Permian with 13 kills, while Clinton herself posted a record 19 kills.
Workman also had 20 assists for the Lady Panthers, followed closely by Denali Cardenas who finished the night with 14.
Permian continues district play Friday against Abilene High at 5 p.m. Friday at the Permian Fieldhouse.
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Midland High def. Permian
25-20, 25-18, 21-25, 25-18
Tuesday at the Permian Fieldhouse
Kill – Midland High: Aniya Clinton 19, Brooke Boehler 7, Kaylee Day 7, Grace Utter 4, Grace Ware 4, Jamie Swisher 3, Billie Brittain 1, Susana Salcedo 1, Desarae Johnson 1. Permian: Jade Workman 13, Nyxalee Munoz 10, Sarahi Orona 8, Cianna Harris 5, Anahi Orona 2, Denali Cardenas 1.
Blocks – Midland High: Clinton 3.5, Boehler 2.5, Utter 2.5, day 1.5. Permian: Worker 3, Amry Quiroz 1.
Help – Midland High: Imani Parker 18, Salcedo 15, Madison Wade 5, Serena Leascher 2. Permian: Workman 20, Cardenas 14, Anyssa Cruz 3.
Excavations – Midland High: Clinton 23, Madison Zamora 18, Leascher 8, Swisher 3, Salcedo 2, Parker 2, Boehler 1, Ware 1. Permian: Cruz 13, Munoz 8, Workman 7, Cardenas 6, Harris 4, Iliana Garcia 2, Riley Nichols 2, Anahi Orona 2, Quiroz 2.
Ace – Midland High: Clinton 4, Johnson 1, Zamora 1. Permian: Cardenas 2, Workman 2, Anahi Orona 2, Munoz 1, Sarahi Orona 1, Harris 1.
Midland High 14-13 overall, 2-2 District 2-6A; Permian 24-10, 1-2.
JV: Permian Def. Midland High, 25-22, 25-19.