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Every summer for the Lady Panthers volleyball team, the school has hosted several teams in a play day in hopes of honing skills for the regular season.

This summer was no different, as teams from over Sumner, Robertson, and Macon County filled the courts and stands for preseason action.

Five teams in total played on the purple-and-white hardwood, with every team playing each other over the six-hour allotted time.

For the Panthers, they started out with wins over Macon County and East Robertson before setting their eyes on Station Camp and Greenbrier to round out their evening.

"This is a good opportunity for us to see different levels of competition to help us prepare for the upcoming season," Portland head coach Rob Lesseman said. "This is a good day for our girls to come out and get their minds right."

After many years of dominating Class AAA, the Lady Panthers drop to Class AA, where they will take on the likes of Springfield, White House Heritage, Greenbrier, and Macon County in District 11 AA.

It's not just the Lady Panthers that benefit from the play day, Station Camp head coach Molly Yarborough also commented on its advantages.

"We like seeing all the different teams here," she said. "We like the different level of competition and that prepares you for the season. You are going to see good teams, developing teams and for us to get them together is great because you want your team playing the same no matter who you're playing."

Portland will travel to Brentwood for one more play day before the regular season begins on Aug. 15 against South Warren. The Lady Panthers will have five-consecutive home games before their first road trip to Oak Ridge for the Early Bird Tournament.

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