By BRYAN URBACH
Groveton barely put up a fight as Westwood cruised to another victory, winning in straight sets, 25-9, 25-10 and 25-12.
Dominating from the beginning of the match is something that Lady Panther coach Janae Evans has been wanting to accomplish all season long, and on Tuesday night, Westwood pulled it off.
“My girls came out and did exactly what I asked them to do,” Evans said. “We’re where we need to be after our first district game. So we’re very excited about that.”
In dominating a performance, there are key moments where a team has momentum swing its way.
In Tuesday’s match, the Lady Panthers shot out to a 6-1 start in the first set, followed by two runs of 10-4 and 9-4.
A big part of the 10-4 run in the first set was the service of junior Lacey Wooden. Wooden rotated into the set and took the ball to serve. Serve after serve, Wooden and the Lady Panthers kept winning points. After a six-point streak off Wooden’s serving, the Lady Panthers capped off the 10-4 run and forced a Groveton timeout.
“Her (Wooden’s) serve is very effective when she’s on,” Evans said. “She was definitely in the zone today. She’s a great hustle player and such a big part of our team. She always does great on our back row, and tonight, she also had a ton of attacks which helped us out a lot.”
Another player to help in the attacking force for the Lady Panthers in their first district win of the season was sophomore Diamond Dewberry.
Dewberry, who is becoming a force in the middle, kept getting kill after kill throughout the match. Evans said she was proud of Dewberry’s performance and said she hopes it is something to keep looking forward to in the future.
“I feel like all of the kids really did what they needed to do this match,” Evans said. “Diamond (Dewberry) from out of the middle had a lot of really, really hard attacks, and that’s what I want her to step into, that role of attacking hard. She’s doing a great job of that, and we’re proud of her.”