The University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes got close but could not get over the hump as they fell to the Panthers in three sets in New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) women’s action at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium on Wednesday.
The Panthers defeated the Mingoes, 25-21, 25-16 and 25-16, to remain undefeated, now with a 5-0 win-loss record. The Mingoes drop to 1-4 on the season.
“At the beginning of the game our service was really working for us and that’s what kept us in the game because every time we had a successful serve they were making mistakes on their side of the court,” Mingoes’ Captain Alivia Culmer said. “When we started to lose focus on our serve along with the energy level dropping in the second and third set, we just could not hold on. That is something we really need to work on.”
Culmer scored eight points for the Mingoes – including two aces – to lead her team. Ulrica Woodside scored five points for the Mingoes.
Raechel Knowles had 14 points to the lead the Panthers.
The Mingoes were able to challenge the Panthers in each set. The team had two service errors and could not stand up to the outside hitting from the Panthers in the last five rallies of the first set, and ended up dropping that set. They appeared to lose steam after that.
In the second and third sets, the team couldn’t get the Panthers out of their rhythm.
“This match showed us that we can beat a team of this magnitude,” Culmer said. “For us to get into double digits against them and getting within a few points of beating them it shows us that the team has definitely progressed. Once we keep pushing we could be a force to be reckoned with.”
The Mingoes will play the Lady Truckers in their next game, this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium.