Competitive In First Dual
Odessa, TX – The varsity showed tenacity in the season’s first dual at the Permian Fieldhouse on Monday evening. After dropping the first set, Mojo battled El Paso Franklin to three consecutive two-point sets (25-17, 27-25, 23-25, 25-23).
The Lady Panthers faced a familiar foe in the team that knocked them out of last year’s playoffs in three straight sets in El Paso. This time around, the Lady Cougars quickly found a focused Permian squad was ready to accept the challenge.
In the first set, both teams shook off some early season stiffness. Franklin nabbed an early 11-6 lead, but Permian responded to draw to within a single point at 13-12. The Lady Cougars took advantage of a couple of Mojo miscues to continue the upper hand and finish off the first set 25-17.
The Lady Panthers settled in as another back-and-forth affair brought about four lead changes in the second set. Permian was able to gain a 15-11 edge and hold the advantage until the Lady Cougars knotted the score at 20-20. The contest remained deadlocked as the set evened at 25-25. Franklin scored the next two points to win the set 27-25.
Mojo showed tenacity and made an impressive stand in the third set. Just as the previous two sets, neither team could extend a lead larger than five points. In the end, it would be the Lady Panthers taking the third set in 25-23. The final set would stay true to the pattern established all evening. Down the stretch, the Lady Cougars put together a rally that withstood Permian’s attempt to gain a late surge. Franklin took the fourth set 25-23 to end the game at three sets to one.
Permian will hit the road on Tuesday and travel to Amarillo for another dual – this time with Dumas and Palo Duro. A series of tournaments fill the remainder of the August schedule. Dates against Andrews, Lubbock High, and Monahans are also sprinkled in during the month.