M uch to the approval of first-year coach Miranda Flowers, the Danbury Lady Panthers “talked it up” and in the process swept past visiting Tidehaven, 25-13, 25-13, 25-11, in a nondistrict volleyball clash Tuesday afternoon.
“We talk about communicating with each other all the time,” Flowers said. “And I thought the girls really did a great job of that today. I was very pleased with the teamwork that went into the victory. We will certainly need more of the same when we play Sweeny.”
Danbury (6-2 overall) is slated to host Sweeny at 5 p.m. Friday.
“We know Sweeny will be tough,” Flowers said. “We just need to stay together as a team and continue to be aggressive.”
Danbury never trailed in the opening match against the Tigerettes (1-11), jumping to an early 6-1 lead.
The Lady Panthers used a pair of kills each by Madeline Lassman (eight kills) and Rita Marques (six kills) to polish off the Tigerettes in the first game. The closest the visitors could get late in the contest was within six, 19-13. The Lady Panthers answered that challenge with the final six points of the match as Lassman pinned up four straight aces to close out the opener.
Tidehaven took its first lead of the night in the second tilt on the opening serve then led 2-1 moments later.
But that lead was short-lived as Danbury came back and took charge with a 4-3 lead. From that point, the Lady Panthers jumped to a 12-5 advantage on an ace by Bre’ann Wheelis. The closest the Tigerettes could get after that was six points.
The third and final match proved to be much the same with the visitors at least garnering their biggest lead at 2-0. However, Danbury brought its switches out and stretched it to a commanding 23-9 lead before finishing things off with a pair of kills by Lassman.
Ally Nugent came off the bench and pitched in with four kills in the three-game set, while Shelby Frank pitched in with a pair of kills.
Danbury, which is in a two-week break from District 28-3A play, was led by Bailea Plander with 15 assists on the night. Plander also finished out with six aces as the squad closed out with a total of 23.
Brynna Stout paced the winners with 10 digs.
Tidehaven was led by Graci Huddleston with five kills and a pair of aces, while teammates Brooke Leach and Melanie Brewer each chipped in with three each.