ANTWERP - The first Green Meadows Conference of the season was special for Antwerp and head coach Ashley Malfait on Tuesday night.

“What a great win,” Malfait understated after the Archers knocked off county rival Paulding 25-23, 24-26, 26-24, 25-16 in the first matchup between the two since the Panthers joined the GMC this season. “The girls showed a lot of grit and determination.”

Paulding head coach Sydney Collins came away impressed with the play of the Archers.

“Antwerp came out tonight with a fire in them,” Collins said. “They wanted to win, for many reasons, I’m sure. They fought hard for their points and never let up.”

Astianna Coppes produced 13 kills and Lydia Brewer 11 for the Archers while Faith Nestleroad had six, Grace Schuette four, Jillian Treece and Katryna Fish three apiece and Maddy Peters one. Coppes added four blocks, Schuette three and Nestleroad one.

Brewer finished with 15 assists and Peters 12 with Coppes adding two and Emma Townley and Fish one each for Antwerp, now 6-12 on the season and 1-4 in the conference.

“I’m so proud of the teamwork and strength our team demonstrated,” pointed out Malfait, who noted a highlight of the match, an ace by Schuette in her first career serve.

Schuette had a team-high three aces while Townley and Treece finished with two apiece and Coppes, Peters and Brewer one each. Coppes led the way in digs with 19 followed by Brewer 17, Scheutte 16, Peters nine, Treece eight and Townley seven. Caroline Rohrs added three digs, Ratana Owen two and Maddie Smith and Fish one each.

Katie Beckman had 10 kills and one solo block and Claire Schweller seven kills and two solo blocks, with each adding a blocking assist for Paulding. Joce Parrett contributed seven kills, Janae Pease five and Maci Kaser one.

Schweller recorded 28 assists and Beckman 10 for the Panthers while Kauser had 22 digs, Pease 21, Parrett 18, Schweller 10 and Beckman five.

Beckman was 20-20 serving with two aces and Parrett 14-15 serving while Schweller, Pease and Kauser all had one ace.

“We are struggling to put it all together,” Collins admitted. “We have moments of greatness, but can’t quite finish when we need to. With lots of inexperienced players, we make quite a bit of offensive errors and don’t have a defense that can read the attackers very well. It’s something we focus a lot on at practice, but these girls will just need more varsity game experience to learn and improve.”

Still, Collins remains confident about what lies ahead in the program for Paulding, which fell to 1-4 in the GMC and 5-13 overall.

“We did have a lot of JV players step up tonight and do their job on the floor,” noted Collins, whose reserve team beat Antwerp, 25-14, 25-23. “Marley Parrett was a freshman that stood out with four kills and two digs. The future of this program is bright, we are just in a tough spot right now.”