(The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
Patterson defeats Ellender in four games on Senior Night
The Patterson Lumberjills were beaten pretty solidly in its first set against Ellender Tuesday by a score of 25-12.
Instead of folding, however, the squad regrouped and handed Ellender three losses in sets two through for a 3-1 victory. Patterson won the second and third sets by scores of 25-19 and the fourth set 25-15.
“We played with a lot of heart,” Patterson Coach Chasity Toups said. “These girls wanted this win, and they left it all out on the court. I’m beyond proud of them for the way they played.”
The match also featured a matchup of front row players as Patterson’s Briyanna Butler battled Ellender’s Tanisha Hester. Butler finished the game with two aces, 21 kills, eight digs and three blocks, while Hester had nine kills and seven blocks.
In game one, Ellender took the lead for good early and extended its lead to as much as 13 on the final point, which game on a Hester block.
In game two, Ellender again took the lead early jumping out to as much as a 9-3 lead after back-to-back aces by Trastasia Hester, prompting Toups to call time out.
Patterson climbed its way back into the set, eventual tying it at 11 after an ace by Gabby Marcel.
After multiple ties and one more Ellender lea at 14-13 on a Tanisha Hester kill, Patterson eventually took the lead for good at 16-15 on an Ellender service error.
Patterson closed the set on a Butler kill.
In game three, Patterson jumped out to an 11-4 lead on Butler ace, but Ellender rallied to cut its lead to as little as 11-9 when Macey Bourg found a hole for a kill.
Patterson again pulled ahead, this time by eight at 18-10 on a Marcel kill, but again, Ellender rallied and cut its deficit to 19-18 on Tanisha Hester’s block.
However, Patterson scored six of the game’s next seven points for the 25-19 win.
Ellender took a 6-1 lead to start game four after a hit-ting error on Patterson, prompting a timeout.
However, the Lumberjills regrouped and eventually took the lead at 13-12 on an Ellender service error.
Patterson scored 12 of the game’s next 15 points to take the match. The Lumberjills closed the match on a kill by Law-rence.
In addition to Butler, other top Patterson contributors were: Marcel, two aces, 13 kills, nine digs and two blocks; Lawrence, one ace, seven kills and 10 digs; Emma Marin, one ace, eight digs and 11 assists; Alayah Williams, 13 digs; Katelyn Larson, one ace, seven kills and seven digs; and Deja Dugar, one ace, three digs and eight assists.
NOTES: Patterson honored its seniors prior to the game. Senior players are Larson, Lawrence and Williams, while senior managers are Asiaiyana Bridget and Kiyanna Butler. “My seniors have been the greatest group of seniors that I’ve coached so far, as a group,” Toups said. “They’ve been nothing less than leaders from day 1 and will continue this through-out our playoff run.”