The Lady Eagles won their fifth match of the season against the LaGrange College Panthers, an NCAA Division III opponent. The match went five sets and was a close contest, with both teams scoring 65 points and recording 51 kills each.
LaGrange maintained a small lead in the first set up to 11-7 before the Lady Eagles went on a 14-2 run to take a commanding 21-13 lead. The Panthers tried to claw their way back into the set, going on an 8-3 run to bring the score to 24-21. But the Lady Eagles won the next point off a kill from freshman Megan Kinsey to take the first set 25-21. Set two was much closer, with neither team leading by more than four points. But at 17-17, LaGrange went on a 4-1 run to take a 21-18 lead. Sensing the shift in momentum, Coach Calyn Ohman took a timeout. While the timeout helped stop the bleeding, the lead was too much for the Lady Eagles to close the gap, with LaGrange winning it 25-21.
The Lady Eagles struggled in the third set, committing eight attacking errors early to allow the Panthers to take a commanding 14-5 lead. The Lady Eagles could put together a 5-1 run, but LaGrange quickly responded with a 5-0 run of their own, using that momentum to take set three, 25-17. In a must-win fourth set, the Lady Eagles went down 8-3 early but outscored LaGrange 6-1 in the ensuing points to tie the game at 9-9. No significant leads were taken until the Lady Eagles went on a 9-1 run to take a 24-19 lead before closing the set with a 25-21 win.
The tie-breaking fifth set accurately reflected the rest of the match, with the teams trading points throughout. Neither team led by more than three at any point, leading to a tie at 14-14. After a service error by LaGrange’s Journey Oden, the Lady Eagles needed just one point to seal the win. The match’s final point was back and forth before senior Kora Lathers landed a well-placed ball in the back left corner to win the point and the set, with a score of 16-14.