Courier sports staff
---- — PEKIN — The Pekin volleyball team gave fans plenty to cheer about over the course of a thrilling five-game home opener Thursday night against Southeast Iowa Superconference north rival WACO. The Panthers overcame a disappointing loss in game four to the Warriors to earn a hard-fought 25-17, 18-25, 25-15, 24-26, 15-12 victory.
Beth Atwood led Pekin at the net, slamming home 21 kills while putting up three blocks on defense. Peyton Atwood added seven aces on 15-16 serving while Whitney Horras was a perfect 20-20 serving while dishing out 27 assists.
Pekin (2-4, 1-0) will next host Sigourney and Lone Tree in a triangular on Tuesday.
Pekin individual leaders
Kills: Beth Atwood 21, Madelyn Baker 5, Peyton Atwood 5
Blocks: B. Atwood 3, Whitney Horras 2, Madelyn Baker 2, P. Atwood, Tiana Slaney.
Assists: Horras 27.
Digs: Baker 18, Slaney 12, Emily Bemis 11, Horras 11, B. Atwood 9, P. Atwood 6.
Aces: P. Atwood 7 (15/16 serving), Slaney 4 (20/22 serving), Horras 1 (20/20 serving).