Pine Grove picks up key district win over Myrtle

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The Lady Panthers knew they needed a home win on senior night to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Pine Grove got that with a 5 set thriller on Senior Night over Union County foe Myrtle. The Lady Panters won 25-21, 15-25, 25-13, 22-25, 15-13.

The Lady Panthers took the first set with solid play, outscoring the Lady Hawks 6-1 to close out the set. Pine Grove got the final point and the early advantage thanks to a spectacular spinning play from Lana Rowland.

From there, the back and forth match was dominated by a steady stream of strong play at the net and a defense which was committed to matching a talented Myrtle squad when it comes to keeping the ball in play.

In both of those, juniors Ellie Fryar and Lana Rowland shined.

Fryar finsihed with 19 assists while Rowland had a season high 18 kills.

Baleigh Bridges led with 4 aces. Mallory Bullock put up 7 kills to aid in the Lady Panther attack.

For a playoff berth this season, the Lady Panthers must win their final 2 Region games and hope that Myrtle falls in at least one more Region contest.

The Lady Panthers are back in action Tuesday against Walnut.

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