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Panthers score first conference win

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Ralyn Seberg (pictured) led the Panthers with 12 assists in their conference win at Keokuk on Tuesday night.
GTNS file photo Ralyn Seberg (pictured) led the Panthers with 12 assists in their conference win at Keokuk on Tuesday night.

KEOKUK — Mt. Pleasant made the last game of the season count on Tuesday night. The Panthers swept Keokuk in a Southeast Conference road game, getting revenge for a four-set loss to the Chiefs earlier this season.

Mt. Pleasant came into the match hungry for their first SEC win of the year, and traveling Panther fans didn’t go home disappointed. Mt. Pleasant not only got their first SEC win, but made it their first three-set sweep of the season.

Much like in the Panthers’ home game against the Chiefs in September, Mt. Pleasant opened things up with a win, taking the first set 25-22. In September, the first set was the only game that saw them come out on top, but there was no let-down in the final two games on Tuesday.

The Panthers dominated game two, 25-16, to take a 2-0 lead. Then, with Keokuk’s backs against the wall, Mt. Pleasant ran away with a 25-18 win in the third set.

Sadie Carrasco had 10 kills on the night to lead Mt. Pleasant. Avery Sutter led the squad in blocks, finishing with three solo blocks and one assisted.

Ralyn Seberg led the team with 12 assists in the win. Lyndi Vantiger was the leader on defense, with seven digs.

The win moved Mt. Pleasant to 1-7 in conference play, and dropped Keokuk to the same record. That means the Panthers and Chiefs ended the 2018 season tied in fourth place.

Mt. Pleasant will now turn its attention towards a tough regional opener next week. The Panthers will head to Fairfield to try and stun the Trojans on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The winner of that game will play in the regional semifinals at Ft. Madison.