The Norfolk High softball team opened the 2018 season by losing 15 of its first 22 games against competition that Panthers coach Derek Siedschlag described as “brutal.”

A win is a win. And the Norfolk volleyball team definitely got that, with a 3-0 straight-sets shut-out of 2-11 Lincoln North Star — 25-16, 25-18, 25-20 — which allows the Panthers to improve to 5-3 on the season.

The Norfolk volleyball team took the confidence it gained by going 3-1 in its own invitational tournament Saturday into Tuesday’s match with Grand Island. The Panthers gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about with a dominating straight-sets victory, 25-17, 25-17, 25-12.