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Panama maintains control of CCAA South with win over CLCS

October 5, 2016
By Matt Spielman - , Westfield Republican

MAYVILLE (Sept. 29)- A dominant hitter can carry a team far in Section VI volleyball.

Panama is lucky enough to have two, which likely bodes well for their upcoming postseason fortunes.

Freshman Natalie Angeletti had 13 kills and sophomore Madalyn Bowen added 10 kills as Panama took control of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association South Division driver's seat with a 25-17, 25-16, 25-20 win over Chautauqua Lake.

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Panama’s Madalyn Bowen goes up for a spike during South Division volleyball action against Chautauqua Lake on Thursday evening in Mayville.

The victory put the Panthers at 8-0 in the league and 11-0 overall while the Thunderbirds fell to 6-2 overall and in the league, with both losses coming at the hands of the Panthers.

"This was a big game for us, because now we have a two-game lead," said Panama coach Tammy Hosier. "We want the division title. That's our No. 1 goal."

Chautauqua Lake jumped on top early in the first set as Kaylyn Vaillancourt registered a string of three straight service points, including an ace, which ended with an Olivia Anderson kill, but the momentum shifted on a booming kill from Angeletti to tie things up at 8-all.

Another Angeletti kill after a long rally gave the Panthers an 11-9 lead before two straight points, including a kill from Bowen, gave the guests a 16-12 advantage, leading to a Chautauqua Lake timeout.

"Panama hit some spots against us. As many times as I tell them we gotta be right here, and we know where they are going to put it, it still beats us," Chautauqua Lake coach Joanne Meadows said. "That's to their credit. They hit so well that even when we know that's where they are going to put the ball, we are still getting beat on it."

The teams went back and forth over the next part of the set, but Panama put it away with five straight points, kicked off by back-to-back-to-back kills from Angeletti en route to the 25-17 victory.

"Natalie had a really off game at Clymer and couldn't hit anything. (Wednesday's) practice was working on getting her confidence up," Hosier said. "That was really nice to see her come out on top. She was really down, but she worked really hard on figuring some stuff out."

A fairly even second set began to turn in Panama's favor with four straight service points from Maci Johnson to make it 11-6. Three of those points were finished off on Angeletti kills, but the Thunderbirds began to make adjustments in the middle part of the set.

With the Panthers leading, 15-10, Cameryn Hawkins dug out an Angeletti spike and Vaillancourt turned it into a point for the Thunderbirds.

"I kept telling Cameryn to shift ... we changed our defense a little bit, which I think helped us," Meadows said. "We made another adjustment to drop whoever was opposite Cameryn because they were hitting that side of the court so well. If Madalyn hit, we kind of knew where it was going and then if Natalie hit we kind of knew where it was going too, but we just couldn't stop it."

After a Morgan Kincaid ace, Hawkins dug out another Angeletti spike, and again Vaillancourt turned it into a point as the hosts eventually pulled within two at 15-13.

"We knew it would be a totally different game than the first time we played them. We knew Joanne would have them ready," Hosier said. "I told them 'we can't take anything lightly.' We don't want to share the league because that's happened to us in the past."

But Panama rattled off seven of the next eight points, due in large part to unforced Chautauqua Lake errors, and the Thunderbirds called timeout down 22-14.

Not surprisingly, Angeletti again finished off the set with a kill to end it at 25-16.

"She was dominating. She comes in at such a weird angle that it tricks my kids every time," Meadows said about Angeletti. "Natalie and Madalyn together is tough to beat in the front row."

Bowen began to take over with four kills over the first 12 points of the third-and-final set, but the Panthers trailed early, 7-5. After a Vaillancourt kill and a bad Panama pass, the Panthers used a timeout trailing 9-5.

"At the beginning of the season we started out slow. Our focus was to start out strong and then the second game would be our bad game. Now it seems the third game is our downfall," Hosier said. "I don't know that we were falling apart, but they started tipping.

We had to refocus what we needed to do."

Later, Vaillancourt blocked a Bowen spike attempt to give the Thunderbirds a 15-12 lead, but Panama wasn't about to give in with a 2-0 lead on the night. After a long Chautauqua Lake serve gave the ball back to Panama, Tara Sweeney began a string of seven straight service points - again due in large part to unsuccessful Thunderbirds' offense - and the Panthers led 23-17.

"We were putting the ball over on the first time a lot more than I would like to see. If you can put the ball over on the second one, that middle of the court is wide open a lot of times," Meadows said. "We were playing defensive volleyball the whole night. I don't think we controlled the net much. We never really got control of the momentum of the game."

Chautauqua Lake put together a short rally to make it 24-20, but the Panthers had no trouble putting an end to the match. Again, in the most predictable way imaginable - an Angeletti kill.

"It's great to have that double threat with both of them," Hosier said. "My weakside hitter, Tara, she can hit the heck out of the ball. It's just harder to get the ball out there. It's an all-around team effort."

NOTES: Quinn Payne had 23 assists, nine digs, six service points and a kill; Sweeney had 10 service points with three aces, three assists and two kills; Johnson had 10 digs and nine service points with an ace; Bowen added seven points with three aces and four digs; and Angeletti had four digs and three service points for Panama. ... Anderson led Chautauqua Lake with six kills, two aces and a block; Vaillancourt had 12 digs, six kills, two blocks and an ace; and Hawkins had 16 digs and three kills.



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