For the first time all year, the Knoxville Panthers dropped two sets on the volleyball court.
The good news, the Panthers still prevailed three games to two to beat the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (EBF) Rockets in South Central Conference play in Eddyville Sept. 24.
Knoxville won the match 25-23, 15-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-6.
After trailing two games to one, the Panthers shifted their play into another gear to pick up the win that elevated the record to 15-0 overall and to 4-0 in league play.
The loss dropped EBF to 2-1 in SCC action.
The loss would have been devasting for the Panthers, ranked No. 8 in Class 4A. The Panthers are shooting for a third consecutive SCC volleyball championship.
The road to what could become a third straight title has been anything but easy as the Panthers have a target on their back.
Albia put up a good fight against the Panthers in Knoxville, eventually falling 3-1 in a match that was closer than the final score indicated.
The Davis County Mustangs also battled the Panthers to the very end in a 3-0 Panther sweep.
But, the Rockets were a notch above both Albia and Davis County Sept. 24.
Katie Keitges was the offensive leader for KHS with 20 kills. Marley McKay had 41 assists and six Panthers had double digit dig numbers, paced by Maggie Wilkins with 36.
Wilkins and Keitges each finished the night with three ace serves.
Knoxville travels to Mount Pleasant to play the Panthers Oct. 3.
KHS StatsKills - Katie Keitges 20, Reilly Finarty 14, Tara Uitermarkt 9.
Assists - Marley McKay 41.
Digs - Maggie Wilkins 36, Keitges 24, Lauren Micetich 17, Finarty 13, McKay 11, Emma Dunkin 10.
Blocks - Keitges 1, Peyton McMurray 1, Uitermarkt 1, Abby Wadle 1.
Serving (Aces) - Keitges 18-of-18 (3), Wilkins 18-of-19 (3), Micetich 16-of-17 (1).