CONTINENTAL – The Paulding Lady Panthers dropped the first two sets but came all the way back for a five-set road win at Continental Monday night in non-league volleyball action.

The Lady Pirates took the opening set 25-20 and then outlasted the visiting Panthers for a 25-21 win in game two.

However, Paulding answered with a 25-21 win in the third set to start the comeback before tying the match at two games each with a 25-16 victory in game four.

The maroon and white then completed the comeback by taking the decisive fifth set 15-10.

Maci Kauser posted four aces and 20 digs to lead the way for the Lady Panthers with Elli Barton chipping in four kills, one block, one ace and ten digs. Jocelynn Parrett contributed five kills, one block and 15 digs and Katie Beckman dished out 30 assists to go along with eight kills.

Marley Parrett totaled ten kills and an ace for Paulding and Brooklynn Bakle finished the night with 11 kills and two blocks. Carlea Kuckuck also had a solid night for the Lady Panthers with 13 kills, three blocks and two aces.

“We got off to a slow start,” commented Panther head coach Sydney Collins. “There was no communication or intensity and it took us a couple of sets to wake up and play our game. The girls game out strong the last three sets and worked much better together as a team.”

Paulding’s junior varsity also was victorious on the evening as the Lady Panthers defeated the Pirates by scores of 25-7 and 25-12.

The Lady Panthers, who improve to 5-15 overall on the season, will visit county rival Wayne Trace on Thursday.