ROCKFORD – Host Parkway captured the final two sets in posting a four-set win over visiting Wayne Trace Saturday morning in high school volleyball action.

The Lady Panthers cruised to a 25-13 win in the opening set before the Raiders answered in game two. Wayne Trace rallied from a 21-18 deficit late in the second set with the red, white and blue eventually posting a 29-27 victory.

However, it was all black and gold in the final two sets with Parkway winning game three 25-15 before the Panthers posted a 25-16 victory in game four to wrap up the match.

Game one saw the black and gold break it open early, putting together an 11-2 run that turned a 5-3 lead into a 16-5 advantage. The Panthers cruised from there, eventually wrapping up the opening set on a Macy Johnson kill for the 25-13 win.

The second set saw Parkway again jump out early, scoring six of the game’s first seven points for a 6-1 lead.

Wayne Trace, though, responded with five of the next seven points to close the gap to 8-6 after a Gracie Shepherd slam.

Both teams played even from there, as Parkway’s biggest advantage was 15-11 before a late Raider rally.

Trailing 23-20 following a Kelsey Nichols ace, the Lady Raiders would answer.

Four straight red, white and blue points, capped off by kills from Katrina Stoller and Rachel Stoller, gave Wayne Trace a 24-23 lead. The set featured ties at 24-24, 25-25, 26-26 and 27-27 before the Lady Raiders used two Parkway hitting errors for a 29-27 victory.

“We had to make some adjustments after the first set and the girls executed much better in game two,” noted Lady Raider head coach Katey Lloyd. “I was really proud of them for the way they responded.”

The two teams battled in game three before the Lady Panthers pulled away late in the set.

Leading 19-15, Parkway closed out the game with six straight points for a 25-15 win.

“Even though we came up short, I thought the girls battled hard and played with a lot of intensity,” continued Lloyd.

Game four saw the Lady Panthers open a quick 8-3 lead and they never looked back.

Wayne Trace trimmed the deficit to 17-13 before the black and gold closed the match on an 8-3 run for a 25-16 victory.

“We did a lot of good things and I told the girls they have a lot to be proud of,” Lloyd added. “That is a quality opponent and a MAC opponent, and we battled with them. We have some things to work on and get better, but our girls should be immensely proud of their efforts.”

Shepherd led the way for the Lady Raiders with 16 kills, four blocks and eight digs while Rachel Stoller chipped in three slams and four blocks. Katrina Stoller also aided the red, white and blue cause with 15 digs, two blocks and six kills.

Kacy Hornish dished out 20 assists and Paige Albers picked up ten for Wayne Trace. Sydnee Sinn finished with four digs and a pair of kills and Tiffany Sinn added four kills and five digs. Morgan Hefner chipped in three kills, three blocks and a pair of digs for the Lady Raiders with Hannah Sanderson picking up four digs.

Parkway also was victorious in the junior varsity match, defeating the Raiders 25-7 and 25-6. The Lady Panthers took the freshman match by scores of 25-9 and 25-21.