Beth Atwood again led Pekin at the net, slamming home 14 kills while also picking up a pair of blocks on defense. Whitney Horras dished out 18 assists for the Panthers while Madelyn Baker collected 24 digs as Pekin clinched the win with a great rally, coming back from a seven-point game-four deficit to avoid being forced into a decisive fifth game.
"We had a few slow starts in some of the sets, but came back and played to win, but during the fourth set, Emily Bemis made a great save, brought the ball back into play and Cassidy Tolle sent over a deep free ball that led us to win that point," Pekin head volleyball coach Ashley Bartles said. That was the turning point. Being down by seven, we came back and fought to win the rest of the set."
Pekin (5-4, 3-0) returns to the road for another SEISC North match tonight at Columbus Junction.
Kills: Beth Atwood 14, Jessica Horras 6, Peyton Atwood 5, Tiana Slaney 5, Madelyn Baker 4, Mallory Reed 3.
Blocks: B. Atwood 2, P. Atwood, Baker.
Assists: Whitney Horras 18, Taiylor Morgan 6.
Digs: Baker 24, B. Atwood 14, Slaney 12, Emily Bemis 11, Horras 10, Cassidy Tolle 10.