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Panthers double-teamed by two Bulldog teams

By Rory Sharrock

rsharrock@news-daily.com

After dropping two straight games last week versus Landmark Christian and McIntosh, the ninth-ranked (Class AAAA) Dutchtown Lady Bulldogs volleyball squad returned to their winning ways by defeating Forest Park and Mt. Zion Tuesday at Forest Park High School.

The Lady Bulldogs were like wild canines off a leash as they took two-of-three matches in the opening game versus Forest Park. Dutchtown won 25-10, dropped the second match, 25-23, but bounced back and won the finale 25-8.

"We are either on, or we're off," said Dutchtown head coach Nita Gilbert. "It's just a matter of figuring that out to make it work. It's early, so hopefully we can work on it and continue to get better. Forest Park is a scrappy team, but at the end of the day it's a win and we're happy."

Senior outside hitter and team captain Shannel Foloifo flooded the stat box once again, tallying four service aces, 11 kills and 12 digs versus Forest Park.

"I think we played very well. Our communication was a little off, but overall we were OK," said Foloifo. "We just have to continue to pick up each other when things get rough."

In later action, Dutchtown swept passed the Mt. Zion Bulldogs, proving it's the "top dog" in the Southern Crescent. Despite the short break in between games, Dutchtown won with ease, 25-13 and 25-11.

The nightcap featured the host club, Forest Park, taking on cross-town rival Mt. Zion in regional action.

Mt. Zion salvaged a split for the evening by winning the final two games 25-14 and 25-18 over the Panthers. This came after falling short in the first match 25-14.

"It's just a matter of realizing how good you are and the potential you have," said Mt. Zion head coach Jameda Hugh. "In the first game it was there, but they waited too long to grasp it. In the second game, a lot of things went into play. Forest Park came into our house last time and beat us. We took that personally.

This time we didn't want that to get past us. It wasn't a matter of revenge, but redemption."

The upcoming schedule for each team includes Forest Park hosting Martin Luther King Sept. 6, Mt. Zion versus Union Grove at Whitewater High School Sept. 6. and Dutchtown at home against Lee County Sept. 11.