Meadville Tribune


May 3, 2013

H.S. VOLLEYBALL: Panthers heed coach’s advice in win

May 3, 2013 7:00 a.m. SAEGERTOWN — Justin Johnson’s pre-game pep talk was concise and to the point.

“Pass the ball,” he said, as the Saegertown boys volleyball team prepared to take on Maplewood on Thursday night in a Region 1  match. “Play defense.”

“And have fun,” he stressed.

The Panthers acted on every word.

Shane Rigby finished with eight kills and Jeff Mattocks and Dustin Pavlik added six apiece as Saegertown rolled to a 25-14, 25-8, 25-20 win over the Tigers at Saegertown High School.

Saegertown moved into a tie for third place in Region 1 with the win and is now in a four-way tie for the No. 2 seed in the upcoming District 10 Class AA tournament.

The Panthers, ranked No. 9 in the state in Class AA in the most recent Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association top 10 poll, are now 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the region. Maplewood is 3-4 overall and 3-2 in region play.

“They played relaxed (last night),” Johnson said. “And we play better when we’re relaxed. That’s the way we played on Saturday (at the Seneca Valley Tournament), but not the way we played Tuesday (in a five-game loss to Cochranton).

“Usually when we play nice loose and relaxed we play better.”

One particular area the Panthers improved in was their passing game.

Saegertown came into the season with an quite the arsenal on offense led by 2012 District 10 first team pick Shane Rigby and second team pick Dustin Pavlik. But getting the ball to Rigby, Pavlik and their counterparts has been difficult for the Panthers in the early going.

That wasn’t the case last night.

“Everything was working out there,” said Rigby.

At the start, it looked like Maplewood and Saegertown were going to put on quite a show. The two were neck and neck in the opening set before Morgan Schenberg stepped to the service line for the Panthers. Schenberg entered with a 7-6 Saegertown advantage and left with the Panthers up 10-6.

Maplewood did manage to cut the deficit down to just two (12-10). But Saegertown responded with a 7-0 run to push that lead to nine and Maplewood never recovered.

Game 2 was also within a two-point spread early. Schenberg, again, gave the Panthers a cushion (11-5). Maplewood had the serve just twice more the rest of the way.

“We can play better than that,” Maplewood coach Sheila Bancroft said. “We’re just in that little bit of a slump right now. Every part of the game.

“It’s the same thing we did against McDowell. We didn’t play the first two games and then we decide to play in the third game and by that time it’s too late; we’ve already dug ourselves too deep.”

Maplewood did have the Panthers on the ropes in the third set. The Tigers jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the game and did not surrender the lead until midway through when a kill by Mattocks put the Panthers up 13-12.

Maplewood did manage to tie it up at 14-14, but a net violation gave led back to the Panthers and they rolled from there.

“We played better in the first two weeks of the season, but it doesn’t seem like we are progressing,” Bancroft said. “We’re going backwards.

“I don’t have the answers right now. It is what it is. We’ll go back to the gym and hopefully turn it around for next week. It’s very frustrating because I know they have more than that.

“It’s not that we are a better team than Saegertown and those teams, but we definitely can play better than what we are.”

For Saegertown, it is hoping last night’s performance was what it needed as the regular season winds down.

“I think we are going to start building some momentum now,” Rigby said. “And hopefully we can keep rolling through districts.”

Ross Ferguson dished out 22 assists for the Panthers. Mattocks added five blocks.

For the Tigers, Dustin Delo and Miller Peters had four kills each. Justin Dahl had 14 assists.

Text Only
  • Blue Jackets celebrate Pens squander 3-0 lead as Jackets even up series

    Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno’s wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
    The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise’s 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kyle Wise Panthers rally to beat Huskies

    Through three innings Tuesday afternoon at home, it looked like it was going to be a very long day for the Saegertown baseball team.
    The wind and the cold didn’t appear to bother Harbor Creek starting pitcher Issac Mattson as the senior struck out nine batters through the first three frames, including four strikeouts in the first inning alone.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greggs and Bison knock Bulldogs down to earth

    Back to reality.
    Coming off one of its biggest wins in recent years on Friday with a 10-5 victory over previously unbeaten Saegertown, Meadville fell victim to possibly being over confident against Fort LeBoeuf.

    April 22, 2014

  • Devils sweep Tigers

    Just six days earlier, the Cambridge Springs boys volleyball coaching staff sat on the sidelines at Saegertown High School perplexed and disappointed as they watched the Blue Devils give away opportunity after opportunity.

    April 22, 2014

  • Abby Clulow Cardinals overcome offensive woes to remain unbeaten

    Abby Clulow is confident that sooner or later the bats are going to come alive for the Cochranton softball team. She is also pretty confident that until then the Lady Cardinals will continue to find a way to get the job done.
    After all, how could she feel any differently?

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fight.jpg Brewers win in 14th after early brawl with Pirates

    Ryan Braun homered in the ninth inning to tie it, then Khris Davis hit a home run in the 14th that put Milwaukee ahead for good.
    Yet those were hardly the big blows that attracted all the attention Sunday in the Brewers’ 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pivotal Game 3 awaits Pens and Blue Jackets

    Not so long ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were the worst team in the NHL.
    Now they’re heading home for tonight’s Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the star-studded Pittsburgh Penguins hoping to make even more history.

    April 20, 2014

  • Blue Jacket_DiRi.jpg Blue Jackets edge Penguins 4-3 in double overtime

    Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • College Softball: DePauw earns NCAC sweep over Allegheny

    It’s gut-check time for the Allegheny College softball team.

    April 19, 2014

  • Biggs.jpg Big first inning leads Meadville to win over Saegertown

    So, how does one go about beating the Saegertown baseball team? It’s a question that District 10 programs have been asking themselves for years now.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video

In terms of the overall livability and workability of the City of Meadville, which component of the city’s infrastructure should receive top priority?

Stormwater control
It’s too difficult to single one out
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide