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Alberton volleyball falls in thriller with Lincoln

| September 27, 2023 12:00 AM

This Alberton volleyball team is making some waves as the season progresses.

In just their second year of varsity high school sports as an independent school, the Lady Panthers have let it be known the new kids of the block are not a guaranteed W for their opponents.

Already this season they knocked off St. Regis and Saturday night they came close to adding Lincoln High to their list of victims before falling to the Lady Lynx 3-2 in a five-set thriller in Alberton.

The visiting Lynx grabbed the opening set with a hard-fought 25-21 win over the host Lady Panthers. But Alberton turned the tables on Lincoln in the second set, winning by a 25-20 and squaring the match at one set each.

Alberton kept up the momentum from set two as the two squads battled back and forth in the third set, which the Lady Panthers won 25-20, giving them a 2-1 match advantage.

Lincoln regrouped and fought back, winning set number four, 25-12 to set the stage for a fifth-set tiebreaker to decide the match.

Both teams traded punches in the fifth set before Lincoln was able to pull away at the end and take a 15-12. That gave them a 3-2 match victory that was their first win of the season, leaving them 1-4 on the year.

Alberton fell to 2-3 on the year with the loss.

Alberton hosts Two Eagle River this Thursday (Sept 28), then travels to Victor for a Saturday afternoon game with the Lady Pirates.