Multiple Teams · Panthers Earn Third seed in Division II volleyball Tournament

By Jeremy Schneider

The Maumee volleyball team has posted its best regular season in more than 15 years, and the Panthers were rewarded with the third seed during Sunday’s Division II northwest district tournament draw.

The Panthers (15-6) open sectional play Oct. 15 by hosting Toledo Scott at 5:30 p.m. The winner of that match travels to Bryan to face the winner of Elida-Lima Shawnee at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 17.

“The girls have worked hard to get to this point in our season at 15-6,” Panthers coach Lindsay Vannett said. “They were thrilled that our strength of schedule and record were respected and other coaches realized that we are someone to be reckoned with.”

The top seed in the Ottawa-Glandorf Region is Bryan, followed by Defiance. Toledo Central Catholic is the fourth seed, and Elida — Maumee’s possible opponent in the second tournament game — is seeded fifth.

The Panthers are currently 15-6 overall and 7-6 in the Northern Lakes League. They close out the regular season Thursday at Perrysburg (19-1, 12-0 NLL) after beating Napoleon on Tuesday for their fourth straight win.

“The bracket will be tough,” Vannett said. “There are some good teams in it that have some good wins under their belt. We feel that we are as prepared as we can be given the talent we play each night. We have come out of our slump and we are back to performing at a level we know we can be successful at. They just have to keep focus and continue to work hard and improve in areas that I feel we need to be better at.”