Pallotti coach Scott Fifield said he was disappointed with how his Panthers let Notre Dame Prep finished the third set strong after they dominated the hosts in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference match Thursday afternoon.
"They won eight out of the last 13 points in the third," Fifeld said.
NDP continued its momentium and won game four, but Pallotti held its composure and outlasted the Blazers in the fifth game to win 22-25, 25-22, 25-13, 21-25, 22-20.
"The two teams are incredibly evenly matched," Fifeld said. "It could have gone either way. The fifth set was just a masterpiece. I don't anybody led by more than two points in the whole set."
Seinior setter Zacharie Jackson had 40 assists and 10 kills for Pallotti. Teammate Valen Johnson totaled 15 kills and senior libero Carissa Hill finished with 24 digs.
Sophomore middle hitter Isabella Pivec (12 blocks, 7 kills), junior libero Katherine Gilbert (39 digs), senior outside hitters Grace Folderauer (15-for-16 serving) and Sydney Tommins turned in the best performances for Notre Dame Prep.
Pallotti prevailed in the fifth set when the Blazers' Anna Carmen attempted to bump the ball and it hit her arm instead.
The fifth set had 16 ties.
"In the fifth game, I have never seen them play that hard before," NDP assistant coach Morgan Souchak said. "It was depressing way to end the game because they fought so hard."
Pallotti erased a 7-point deficit in the first set to make it 21-20 on Hill's ace, but NDP won four of the last five points to take it.
The Panthers fought back to take the next two sets before the Blazers made less mistakes to grab the fourth.
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