BURLINGTON — It just wasn’t in the cards for the Mt. Pleasant volleyball team on Thursday night in Burlington. The Panthers struggled in their Class 3A Region 8 semifinal, falling to the Grayhounds in three sets, 25-12, 25-22 and 25-13.
The Mt. Pleasant looked good early in the first set. Ralyn Seberg scored on an ace in just the third point of the match to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead. A few points later, a Karsyn Lamm kill made it 4-3 Mt. Pleasant. The rest of the set, however, didn’t go quite as smoothly.
Burlington responded to Lamm’s kill with a 6-1 run and only allowed eight more points all game long. The Grayhounds rolled to a 25-12 opening set win and the Panthers were in a tough spot early.
Mt. Pleasant bounced back in the second and led for most of the set. Ka. Lamm had four kills in the set. Maddie Moore had three, including one on a big block, and Kenna Lamm had two.
The Panthers won the race to 15 and even led 17-14, but Burlington scrapped back. The Grayhounds tied the game at 18-18 and pulled out a tight game, winning 25-22.
The Grayhounds parlayed their Game 2 momentum into a strong start to the third. Burlington won the race to 15, leading 15-6 before another kill by Moore stopped the Grayhound run. Burlington led 22-12 for its first double-digit lead of the set, and ran away with a 25-23 win.
“When you lose the first one like that, it’s a mind set,” Mt. Pleasant head coach David Streeter said. “We bounced back well (in the second) but then fell apart a little bit.”
Streeter said though he wasn’t pleased with how his team played tonight, he was proud of how the team finished the year. The Panthers won the Southeast Conference title and had one road postseason win before bowing out on Thursday.
Mt. Pleasant ended its season 15-7. Burlington will play at No. 3 North Scott in Tuesday’s regional final.