POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River couldn't rally past visiting Panola College on Saturday, falling 3-0 (12-25, 12-25, 12-25). The loss was PRCC's second in as many days to the Fillies at Shivers Gymnasium.
Madison Smith (Madison; Germantown) pulled PRCC (5-7 overall) within three, 9-6, with a kill just inside the back line. The Fillies (12-3) earned six of the next seven points before Isabella Thoennes (Kiln; Hancock) got PRCC back on the scoreboard with a kill off of a Maleah Austin (Diamondhead; Hancock) quick set.
Panola College went on to claim the first set 25-12.
Leah Draine (Mobile, Ala.; Mattie T. Blount) tied the second set 1-1 with an early kill. Trailing 4-3 Thoennes netted another kill off of a Panola College double block. The Fillies reeled off six straight to force a PRCC timeout down 10-3. The Wildcats had several runs later in the set before ultimately falling 25-12.
The two squads traded points early in the third set before the Fillies landed seven straight to go ahead 13-4. PRCC was unable to recover, falling 25-12.
The Wildcats and Fillies will play another back-to-back series Oct. 14 and 15 in Carthage, Texas.
The Wildcats have a busy week ahead with three matches on the schedule. PRCC travels to Pensacola State College Monday for a 6 p.m. start. The Wildcats host Coastal Alabama-South at 6 p.m. Wednesday and then visit Judson College at 3 p.m. Friday.
HOW TO TUNE IN
All home events will be broadcast on PRCCAthletics.com and PRCCMedia.com. Anyone who has an Amazon Fire or Roku device can stream PRCC broadcasts by downloading the "Pearl River CC" Channel from the app store.