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Kottas returns from injury to help lead Panthers to pair of wins
Panthers victorious at Thursday triangular. - photo by Travis Hendryx

GODDARD— Morgan Kottas, back from injury, combined for 19 kills over a two-match stretch as the Great Bend Panther volleyball team recorded a pair of victories at Thursday’s triangular at Goddard.

The Panthers defeated Goddard in a three-set victory to begin Thursday’s action.

Kottas grabbed 13 kills to lead the offensive effort while Baylee Beck saddled a team high 28 digs. Sarah Mauler nailed down 12 digs for the defense. Setter Brittnee Barber supplied 27 assists while adding 11 digs. Camryn Dunekack posted 10 digs while Kate Warren recorded a 10-kill performance. Warren also had five blocks in the victory.

“We lost the first set due to our errors,” said coach Kelsey Perry. “The girls regrouped and did the little things to get the win in the second and third sets. We served very well the last two sets and this made Goddard have to make adjustments.”

Great Bend then swept past Hutchinson in two sets.

Kottas was leading scorer with six kills. Beck paced the defense from the back line with 14 digs while Dunekack totaled 10 scoops. Barber set up 13 assists for the offense while Warren added four more blocks against the Salt Hawks.

“We played very strong against Hutchinson,” said Perry. “Our front row played great defense and our back row didn’t let anything hit the floor. When our defense is good our offense takes off and we hit the ball extremely well. Brittnee was very smart with her sets and was able to spread the offense around.”

The JV Panthers dropped two matches at Goddard on Thursday while the freshmen team finished with a 1-1 split in a triangular at Salina South.