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Spikers rally to defeat Belle Plaine

It was quite a debut for the new Glencoe-Silver Lake High School “Black” gymnasium as the Panther volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat visiting Belle Plaine in five sets (25-15, 23-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-10) on Monday, Sept. 25.
The first varsity competition hosted in the new gym was a barnburner that saw both teams battle to grind out precious points on every serve.
“We preserved and that spoke volumes’ I’m just happy that the girls dug down and won the battle,” coach Lori Schwirtz said. “It is all about momentum, runs and doing the little things.”
After cruising to a 10-point win in the first set, GSL appeared well on its way to winning both sets two and three, only to witness Belle Plaine rally to narrowly win both times and take what appeared to be a commanding lead.
However, the Panthers were far from finished. The hosts forced a tiebreaker by turning the tables on the Tigers in set four, and then finishing off the visitors by five points to take the match.

For more on this story, see the Sept. 27 issue of the Chronicle.