Abbeville’s Alex Temple celebrates after the Panthers won their close match against Dixie on Thursday. (MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
Abbeville’s Alex Temple celebrates after the Panthers won their close match against Dixie on Thursday. (MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
DUE WEST -- In the first two sets of their rivalry match with Dixie High School, Abbeville experienced a similar problem: the Panthers would build up an early lead but allow the Hornets to come back for the win.
So going into the third set, Abbeville coach Krystal Brown was set to give a pep talk. The only problem was her seniors beat her to it.
“After that second set, some of our seniors like Alex (Temple) said, ‘Let’s not get down and we’ve got to stay up,’” Brown said.
With Temple’s lead, Abbeville stormed back to take three consecutive sets, winning the fifth by the score of 15-10 for a 3-2 victory Thursday.
Brown said as the game continued and her team began to score points, the team’s communication improved.


“In the first set, it was kind of rusty,” Brown said. “It’s like our serving. As it got close, the communication got better because at that point they knew that want the win.”
In the fourth and fifth sets, the Panthers leaned on the attack of Temple and junior middle-hitter Daejuh Goodwin as their teammates’ setups improved.

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