The Put-in-Bay Panther volleyball season ended vs. the Toledo Christian Eagles Thursday night at the sectional final of the OHSSA Tournament. The 12th-seed Panthers took on the 5th-seed Eagles.
The Panthers started out of the gate very competitively, but the overall team strength and skill of TC proved to be too much. The panthers lost 3-0 (25-10, 25-8, 25-7).
The Panthers played point for point with the Eagles until about 9-9 in the first game. After that moment the eagles found the weakness in the Panther defense and exploited it. Coach Schuffenecker said of their opponent, “I knew we were playing the best team the program has ever competed against. I am extremely proud of my team for fighting to the last point.”
With this loss, the historic volleyball season has come to an end with a final record of 10 wins and 7 losses. The team was led by seniors Macy Ladd and Lilian Frederick. These two girls, when the final season stats are compiled, will be at the top of the PiB record books. Coach Shuffenecker is most proud that these two players maximized their potential, and in doing so the team’s.
The Panthers battled through multiple moments of adversity and persevered. Macy and Lilian will leave a huge hole in the team, but they set a standard of excellence which will help the Put-in-Bay School program in the future.
Coach Shuffenecker said, “Thank you to everyone who supported the Panther volleyball team this year. Go Panthers–Get your Growl On!“
There is a 6 o clock game first; Tiffin Calvert vs Cardinal Stritch. The Put-in-Bay vs. Toledo Christian game starts 30 minutes after the final of the 6pm game. Coach Shuffenecker estimates Panther game time at 7:15/7:30pm.
Panther volleyball finishes regular season with record breaking win!
The Panthers visited Jones leadership Mustangs Friday and came out with a 3-0 win (25-12, 25-14, 25-21). The win gives the Panthers a school record ten wins in a season and it sets up the team for the OHSAA tournament.
The game started off fast for the Panthers. Senior captain Macy Ladd fired five straight aces. The Panthers started with a 9-0 lead and didn’t look back after that. The whole team contributed, with every player recording an ace. El Kostura and Ava Heineman each had 10 assists, and Macy and Lilian Frederick each had 11 kills.
Coach Schuffenecker is very proud of his team, saying, “This team faced adversity from the start of the season. Instead of fearing it, they embraced it, grew from it and ultimately found success because of it. This team earned its success!”
The team will enjoy this win over the weekend, but they will get back to work on Monday. The team opens the OHSAA tournament in the sectional finals vs. the winner of Toledo Christian/Gibsonburg.
The Panthers look to keep this magical season going–Great job ladies!
Put-in-Bay Panthers notch a dominant victory at Emmanuel Christian. The Panthers won 3-0 (26-24, 25-9, 25-9) reaching a program-tying 9 wins.
Down 13-18 in the first game, the Panthers out-scored Emmanuel Christian for the remainder of the contest, 63-24. Macy Ladd really established herself from the service line. Coach Shuffenecker praised Macy for setting the tone and imposing her will against the opponents. “By the middle of the second game the team wanted nothing to do with 14 (Ladd)”.
Macy had 9 kills and 7 aces. LIiian Frederick was dominating from the middle post, notching 20 kills. Ava Heineman reset the school record with 20 assists.
As the team rounds into shape, Panther Volleyball plays the season finale at Jones Leadership Academy on Friday!