PALMER — Maypearl's Lady Panthers continued its five-game win streak Tuesday night at Palmer High School Gymnasium, rebounding from a first-set stumble and defeating the Lady Bulldogs 3-1.
Maypearl (16-11, 2-0) claimed a four-set victory 18-25, 25-9, 25-15 and 25-12. It was the third of five matches it limited an opponent to one or fewer sets won.
Despite Palmer roaring out to a single-set advantage, the Lady Panthers rallied in sets two, three, and four with the help of a 12-dig and 10-kill double-double from junior Madison Ball, as well as eight aces from senior Katie Gann and 16 assists from senior Kellie Blake.
Maypearl too, bolstered by Ball and junior Steelie Ledbetter's 9-dig defensive gem, held its fifth consecutive opponent to 19 or fewer points in 13 of 19 sets played. The Lady Panthers have seen only three of their matches extend past three sets in 16 total victories.
Twenty-six games into the 2016 schedule, Maypearl was 12-14 overall and 2-0 in District 17-3A. Despite losing veterans Bailey Boston and Kennedy Thorne, the Lady Panthers have replicated the district start and bettered the overall record.
The 2016 team finished 13-1 and claimed a district title. Their only loss came at the hands of historical rival Grandview High School on Sept. 30 via a three-set sweep.
Maypearl will face Keene High School at 4:30 p.m. Friday at KHS Gymnasium. The (1-11, 0-1) Lady Chargers lost their season opener to Rio Vista High School 3-0 Tuesday.
They are on a six-game losing streak dating back to their two-set loss against Edgewood High School in the Edgewood Varsity Tournament.