The Skyview High School volleyball team finished the regular season on a down note, dropping a nonregion match to the Grace Christian Grizzlies in three games Saturday at Skyview.
The Panthers finish with a 2-14 overall record while the Grizzlies finish with a 15-0 mark in regular match play.
Grace took the first game 25-18, then won the second game 25-14, getting some impressive play at the net from Shayla Moll, Nicole Gregson, Ally Gimple and Valerie March.
Skyview was able to stay with the Grizzlies early in game three -- the game was tied at 10 -- but Grace again pulled away to close out the match with a 25-15 win.
Grace coach Janet Kinney said she was missing two players to illness and one to injury, and while the Grizzlies always seem to be missing something when players are out, she did say they played a pretty good match.
As for the Panthers, it was like being caught in the wrong gear while going up a hill -- Skyview just couldn't get any momentum going.
"That's been the way it's been all season," said Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid. "I still believe in the kids' ability. We need to come together and be competitive and believe in (ourselves)."
Skyview's Anna Bonebrake returns the ball to Grace Christian during the second of Saturday's three games.
Photo by M. SCOTT MOON
Skyview was able to piece together some good runs here and there, but couldn't maintain them as one part of its game -- a serve-receive error, a wayward set or a hit out of bounds or in the net -- derailed the Panthers' momentum.
Kupferschmid did see some good things from her team Saturday.
"My seniors (Amanda Fay and Lindsay Gephardt) are playing the best ball they've played, and I like how my seniors have led this year," Kupferschmid said.
Skyview's next task will be to prepare for the Region III/4A tournament starting Thursday at Colony. The Panthers are the defending region tournament champions, though this year is a whole different ballgame.
Still, Kupferschmid is optimistic her squad can pull it together.
"It's a new season next week," Kupferschmid said. "The records are thrown out. We put it on the floor and see what happens.
"... There's no pressure on us going in. I think we're capable of upsetting some people. We'll just have to see."
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