Panther volleyball dispatches Cougars

THOMAS — The Snake River Panther volleyball team shook off a slow start on Saturday afternoon to take down South Fremont 3-0 in a non-conference tilt.
Playing at the junior high school due to renovations in the high school gymnasium the Panthers came out sluggishly to open the first set.
The visiting Cougars on the other hand came out fast, taking an 8-2 lead before the Panthers began chipping away.
"We are kind of known for our slow starts and I just wish I knew how to get away from that," Snake River head coach Shelli Van Orden said. "We started harvest and with our gym under construction that may have had a bit to do with and we had to adjust."
Snake River eventually battled back in the first set to tie the game at 22-22 with some nice serving by Shayla Christensen. Christensen and the Panthers were far from done however as the junior served three more winners as Snake River earned the come from behind 25-22 victory.
"South Fremont have gotten a lot better," Van Orden said. "They have a good coach and some nice players."
From there the Panthers were never threatened again, winning the second set 25-18 and the final set 25-16.
Eden Van Orden led the way with a 10 kill day while Jocelyn Harper pitched in 9. Alexa Lund dished out 19 assists while freshman Hannah Murdock showed off her considerable defensive skills with 13 digs.
"It's always nice to get a win no matter how you get it," coach Van Orden said. "We have a bunch of good girls who work hard. They are a great team and today was a good team effort."