Spikers outlast Rockets

Bryan Veginski

The Washington volleyball team started the season on a strong note Saturday.

The Lady Panthers, playing for the first time under new head coach Chuck Heinz, went 3-0 in Bartonville in the Limestone Tournament.

Washington will play two of the foes in future matches this fall, so it got an early look at those teams’ strengths and weaknesses.

The Lady Panthers opened with a 20-25, 26-24, 15-10 victory over Richwoods.

Washington was behind 8-0 in game one before rallying to a tie at 16.

Although the girls came up short, the comeback may have carried over in the games that followed.

Kayleigh Skaggs had eights kills and Lindsey Boyer 19 assists to lead the Lady Panthers.

Shauna Friedmansky and Sarah McCoy registered two blocks, and Allison Thome made four digs.

Jaymi Holloman served up the lone Washington ace.

The Lady Panthers will see the Knights again Oct. 20 in Peoria.

Central stayed with Washington before the Mid-Illini Conference member pulled out a 25-20, 25-20 victory.

Friedmansky and McCoy landed seven kills apiece against the Lions.

McCoy leaped for four blocks, while Moriah Peterson chipped in four digs.

Jamie Fussner handed out a dozen assists.

“Central made us work hard for each point,” Heinz said.

The Lady Panthers closed out the tournament with a 25-16, 25-23 win over host Limestone in which Skaggs had three aces.

Boyer’s 11 assists and six kills from Friedmansky powered Washington to the title.

Peterson salvaged 10 digs, while McCoy and Friedmansky recorded three blocks each.

“It’s a nice way to start our season, but we know there’s many other matches yet to be played,” said Heinz.

The first of two Mid-Illini meetings between the Lady Panthers and Rockets will occur Sept. 17 in Washington.