MIDLOTHIAN — The Lady Panther volleyball team bounced back from Friday's road loss to Waxahachie with a five-set win over visiting Mansfield Legacy on Tuesday.
Midlothian dropped the first set 25-17 before winning the next three out of four, 25-16, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12.
"I thought we were pretty flat tonight but I thought there was a really good team effort from our girls off of the bench. Our players who normally aren't in that go-to role really had to step up tonight and I thought they did a really good job."
The win moved Midlothian to 26-12 on the season and 9-3 in District 10-5A. With a Waxahachie win over Mansfield Summit also occurring Tuesday, the Lady Panthers remain one-game clear of the Lady Indians for the No. 3 spot in the district standings.
Midlothian will host second-place Lake Ridge on Friday at 5:30 p.m. before traveling to Mansfield Timberview to close out the regular season Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m.
The Lady Panthers officially clinched a playoff berth with losses by Summit and Legacy last week. If they win out, the Lady Panthers will enter the UIL 5A playoffs as the No. 3 seed from District 10-5A. However, Waxahachie now holds the tiebreaker after sweeping Midlothian last Friday, which means a loss and two Lady Indian wins will move the Lady Panthers to the fourth spot in the district standings.
On Tuesday, Samantha Rodgers led the Lady Panthers with 19 kills on 38 swings. She also led the team with four blocks.
Aliyah Muhammad recorded 13 kills, and Aubrey Walton had nine.
Kelby Buchanan had four of the eight Lady Panther aces and added a team-high 45 digs. Walton also accounted for 21 digs and Destiny Leatherwood had 13.
Kamryn Owen continued her torrid, district-leading assists pace with 56.
*Additional reporting by Fred Phipps/Mirror