MANLY – The Central Springs volleyball team has seemingly flown under the radar this season, but entering a Top of Iowa Conference East Division matchup against Northwood-Kensett on Tuesday, the Panthers were riding a streak of nine wins in their previous 10 matches en route to a 14-5 overall record.
Central Springs did not let up any against the Lady Vikings as they coasted to a 3-0 win.
Set scores were 25-11, 25-13 and 25-19.
“We are still growing,” Panthers coach Ron Pedersen said. “But practice is more fun when you win.”
Central Springs took control of each of the first two sets very quickly as it bolted out to double-digit advantages.
N-K, though, put together a solid effort in the third set, but the Panthers managed to come up with six of the final eight points to pull away late.
One reason for Central Springs’ recent hot streak has been players settling into their new roles after some early-season shuffling.
Morgan Kelley, who started the season as one of the main front-line options for the Panthers, moved to a libero role, and the move has ultimately stabilized the back line play.
Kelley finished with 32 digs and was 17-of-17 serving.
“Morgan is solid,” Pedersen said. “She makes our back row so much better. She loves it back there.”
Hannah Ausenhus also had a strong outing as she racked up 16 kills and was 14-of-14 serving with a pair of aces.
Kaylee Parks had 32 assists and 13 digs for the Panthers.
With the win, the Panthers improve to 5-1 in conference play with the lone loss coming to Osage early in the season.
Central Springs has a week off before traveling to Newman Catholic on Tuesday.
Northwood-Kensett (5-14) returns home to face St. Ansgar on Tuesday.