by Ed Beach
The Drury Panthers extended their winning streak to seven games and won for the tenth time in their last 11 contests with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-22) win over William Jewell at Weiser Gym on Thursday night in Springfield.
Drury improved to 12-7 and kept their Great Lakes Valley Conference record perfect at 6-0. The Cardinals dropped to 6-12 and 2-4 in the league.
The Panthers controlled the lead in the opening set winning 25-19 but needed to reel off eight straight points to come from behind to win the second set 25-19. With the score tied at 20-20 in the third, the Panthers took five of the next seven points to close out the match.
“Our defense did a great job tonight giving us some extra opportunities through some long rallies,” said Drury head coach Jenifer Bahner. “Earlier in the season, when we were down, I think the feeling on the court was a little bit frantic at times. Tonight, I felt like we were composed even though we got behind by a few points. For us, that’s a sign of maturity, growth, and development from where we were at the beginning of the season.”
Julia McCown led the Panthers with 12 kills while Reba Thomsen had 28 assists, 13 digs, and two service aces.