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Panthers fall to Raiders in subsection semifinals

High hopes could not put the Glencoe-Silver Lake volleyball team over the top of its matchup against Norwood Young America in the North subsection semifinals of the Section 2AA Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at New Prague High School.
The third-seeded Panthers came into the night hoping to pull off a similar result to last year’s upending of the Raiders on the very same court. However, the second-seeded Raiders had their revenge by ousting GSL in four sets and ending the Panthers’ season.
It began as a night of optimism for GSL, as the Panthers seized and early lead in the first set and held NYA at arm’s length in a 25-20 victory.
Sets 2 and 3 both began with GSL taking a 2-0 lead, but both also ended similarly, with the Raiders powering back to win 25-19 and 25-17, respectively.
“We came out on fire and then I felt a sigh of relief after the first set,” coach Lori Schwirtz said. “Instead of continuing to chase a dream we just deflated a little bit.”
NYA began to show its swagger in the fourth and final set.
The Raiders took an eight-point lead, which was briefly sliced to 20-17 by GSL before NYA took the last five points of the night to win 25-17 and end the Panthers’ season.
Middle hitter Rhyan Herrmann led GSL with 20 kills and 23 digs in her final high school match.
Fellow senior hitter Kasidy Cacka had nine kills, as did junior front-liner Miah Monahan. Junior setter Hannah Boesche had a team-best 36 assists.
The Panthers finished the season with a 26-7 record.
“No words can express the gratitude I have for my team,” Schwirtz said. “We have a lot to be proud of.”