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Panthers bash Bruins

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JORDAN JUNGE
Many teammates stepped up in the sweep of Belmont.

The Panthers made a late push after a six-point deficit in the third set to help them sweep the Belmont Bruins. The Panthers started out strong in the first set with a 5-0 run after letting the first two points slide, they never backed down. Offense was clicking as the Panthers were able to notch up 11 kills and benefit off of the Bruins attack errors. 

The Panthers then went on a 4-0 later in the set and were also accompanied by service aces from Tayler Alden.  Emily Holterhaus and Kira Fallert had three kills and one block each which helped the Panthers boost to a 25-13 win.

The offense continued to roll in the second set, as well as blocking defense as the Panthers started off with a 7-1 run against the Bruins. Holterhaus fired a 10-kill set, a pair of solo blocks, and four block assists. The Panthers quickly pushed to a 13-4 lead. The Bruins would attempt to come close and try to cut the lead, but the Panthers would finish strong with 17 team terminations on a second 7-1 run to close the set out 25-12. 

The Bruins started off strong in the third set using momentum from the second set to do so. The Bruin jumped out to a strong lead in the start of the set rounding up nine kills and four aces to quickly take a 20-14 lead over the Panthers. The Panthers then make a quick turn-around as Erin Powers makes two service aces and Layanna Green and Holterhaus pose four blocks for the team. Green and Holterhaus along with Olivia Tjernagel, would combine for three kills down the stretch as the Panthers closed on a 11-3 run to take the set 25-23 after being down by six points. 

Holterhaus finished the set with a season high 18 kills for her third time this year. While also posing a new season best of three solo blocks. Green tallied up seven kills along with four blocks in the win and Fallert recorded a six kill and seven dig performance. Alden also tallied three kills with 33 assists as well as three blocks. Powers had four aces, which set a new season high for her and completed the match with 15 digs. 

The Panthers look to keep the momentum going the rest of conference play to continue their undefeated streak.

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