THOMAS — The Snake River Panther volleyball squad closed out their home schedule on Wednesday evening as they paid a fond farewell to their lone senior Whitney Dance in a special pre game ceremony and then bid adieu to a pesky American Falls squad 3-1 by the final scores of 25-23, 22-25, 25-10 and 25-6.
"Whitney played well tonight, she had several nice kills and it was nice to send her off with a win," Snake River head coach Shelli Van Orden said. "Overall I was really happy that we did as well as we did because you never know what is going to happen with a new rotation."
Snake River were playing a new rotation due to the injury to their normal setter Raegan Martin. In stepped Kylee Orr however and the junior did a fine job of filling in for Martin as she dished out 27 assists on the evening.
"Kylee will take sets when Raegen is out normally," Coach Van Orden said. "Tonight I thought that she did a good job and accomplished what we wanted her to do."
In addition to the aforementioned Martin, several Panthers took to the home court fighting flu like symptoms which necessitated a deeper bench that normal for the two time defending champions.
"We put two freshmen into the ball game and they were just white as ghosts," Coach Van Orden said. "They did a good job though once they got the nerves out and those girls who were sick tonight just played their hearts out."
On the night Snake River had a pair of hitters crack double-digits in the kill column with Brylie Bair pounding home 14 kills and Makena Shelley adding 11. Defensively Hannah Murdock and Bair each had 9 digs as the Panthers remained unbeaten in conference play.
Snake River will travel to Bear Lake this evening to round out the regular season.
"Bear Lake is always a tough place to play," Coach Van Orden said.
Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.