Mojo Finishes Strong in San Angelo
San Angelo, TX – After falling behind by as much as 10 points in the fourth set, Permian’s volleyball team came back to win 3-2 over San Angelo Central (24-26, 25-18, 26-28, 27-25, 15-6) on Tuesday evening in the Central gym.
Just when it started to look bleak, it was tenacity and resilience that lifted the Lady Panthers to victory. And that came in the fourth set. Down 16-6, Permian combined a seven-point run and then a three-point run to knot to match and go on to a 27-25 win.
Students from both school junior varsity teams provided the exciting atmosphere, as the two well-coached teams gave those in attendance a show. In the first set, Nyxalee Munoz got Permian off to a quick 4-1 lead. San Angelo Central battled back to keep the set deadlocked at 7-7 as the exchange of points pushed that to 14-14. A D1 block by Jade Workman allowed the Lady Panthers to regain the upper hand, but the Lady Cats came back to tie it 23-23. Central took advantage of a Mojo error to win the set 26-24.
The two teams stayed even in the second set until the Lady Panthers broke open a 15-12 deficit. Denali Cardenas returned two perfectly placed digs to green light the Permian effort to march forward and take a 25-18 win to even the series at a set each. The third set continued the clash of near evenly matched teams. At one point, Mojo went up 21-17, but two Central multi-point runs left the set tied 25-25 at match point. The Lady Cats gained the edge with a 28-26 win to go up 2-1.
San Angelo got the Lady Panthers frustrated by reeling off seven consecutive points to open the fourth set. Central increased that margin to 14-3 and 16-6 before Mojo was able to catch its second wind and refocus its energy. Down 17-13, Permian started the comeback. Chipping into the deficit, the visiting Panthers stayed within two points and eventually knotted the set at 20-20. Having the mettle to erase the 10-point difference, Mojo rode that momentum to come out on top 27-25 to even the series at 2-2.
With momentum on their side, the Lady Panthers dominated the fifth set with a seven-point and four-point run to take an 11-1 lead. From there, Permian didn’t let up and went on to claim a 15-6 win and 3-2 victory over Central. Workman finished the evening with 17 kills, 22 assists, 20 digs, and three aces. Munoz followed that with 15 kills, 23 digs, and six aces. Cardenas was credited with 26 assists, four kills, and 15 digs. The Lady Panthers (2-3) will be on the road to Wolfforth this Friday for another district battle in 2-6A against Frenship (4-1).
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