(2009 - 2010) - Volleyball - Varsity

vs. LOSS: Boiling Springs - 22-25, 20-25, 20-25,

Date: Sep. 29, 2009
Time: 06:30 PM
Location: Boiling Springs High School

LADY MAVS LOSE TO BOILING SPRINGS IN THREE-  Come see them take on Byrnes at home - Thursday night @ 6:30 PM.


On a cool Autumn Tuesday night this week, the Mauldin varsity Volleyball team travelled to Boiling Springs for a match with a Region Foe - the Lady Bulldogs of Boiling Springs High. The Lady Mavs had dispatched the Bulldogs in the semi-finals of a tournament in Myrtle Beach a month ago, so they had every reason to be confident. The Bulldogs have also had a month to gel and improve...and they might have been wanting to exact some revenge in this important early Region matchup.

Game 1 began on a positive note for the Lady Mavs as Sophomore setter Kayla Whitten went on a 3 point service run to start the game. At 3-0, Boiling Springs athletic leaper and middle hitter, Kayla McAvoy slammed a kill to make it 3-1. Mauldin's senior captain Jordan Stovall answered with a kill from a set by Whitten and it was 4-1. A couple of sideouts later, Sophomore Middle, Laura Woodlee and Junior co-captain Heather Granger smacked spikes off Whitten assists to bring the score to 6-3. Senior Kimberly Minor put together an Ace and a 3 point service run, aided by a block point tallied by Senior Hitter Christina Brown to see the score to 10-4. After a sideout, Minor surprised the Bulldogs with a fake set that found empty court on the Boiling Springs side. Senior Melissa Unger followed by pounding a set from Minor for a score and then Junior Libero Dana Landers scrambled to set an errant pass to Stovall who killed again and it looked like the rout was on - Mauldin led 13-5, then 14-5 on a shank by the Lady Bulldogs. Boiling Springs Coach Tara Burgess frustratedly called timeout to "encourage" her charges.

When play resumed, Jekyll had replaced Hyde on the Mauldin side of the court ! McAvoy asserted herself for the Lady Bulldogs with a kill and a block point sandwiched between a quick half dozen Mauldin hitting errors and the score suddenly read16-14 ! After painfully watching the 2-9 run, Coach Christy Plecha called a timeout to talk to the pretty Jekylls and refocusing her team in White and Orange... and in hope that Hyde would return to the court ! When play resumed, the first indication was a good one when Stovall scored a block point to make it 17-14. After alternating errors, Whitten raised a set to Sophomore hitter Katie Faith who responded with a kill point, sending fellow Sophomore Laura Woodlee to the service line. Woodlee drove an unreturnable serve to the Bulldog side for an Ace and the scoreboard was looking better at 20-16. But sloppy play and errant hitting on the Mauldin side returned down the stretch. Boiling Springs blocked two Lady Mav attacks for points and the home team went on another Mauldin error-aided 2-7 run to take their first lead of this match 22-23. Another Mauldin timeout failed to stem the ugly tide and the Mauldin netters handed game one to the Lady Bulldogs 22-25.

Games 2 and 3 followed a similar script, but were both closer throughout the early and middle stages. Seniors Melissa Unger, Jordan Stovall, and Christina Brown teamed up with the setters (Minor and Whitten) to record 7 kills in game 2, but seemingly for every well executed attack there was another that ended in the Mikasa sailing wide or long. Defensively the Lady Mavs were more than holding their own. Stovall, Granger, Woodlee, and Brown teamed up for a season high 12 blocks in this match while Landers, Granger, Stovall, and Junior defensive Specialist Chloe Ewing tallied 44 digs to keep rallies alive for their offense. With gutsy performance from the Lady Mav backcourt keeping rallies alive until their frontline succeeded or the Lady Bulldogs faultered, Game 2 saw the score tied at 6, 8, 11, and 13 before the Lady Mavs errors outnumbered their effective attacks and they found themselves down 14-18 going into the stretch. Katie Faith added a successful kill with help from Whitten to bring brief hope to the Mauldin supporters at 16-19, but again Boiling Springs showed more composure in the climactic points and rallied to finish the second frame at 20-25.

Game 3 saw Mauldin jump out to another early lead on an Ace by Minor and block points by Granger and Unger. At 5-3, play got both furious and ugly on both sides of the court. Long hustling rallies, great digs and saves were punctuated by hitting errors or shanks to end points in favor of the rival teams alternately. Mauldin had a couple of opportunities to cheer when Granger scored a block point to tie the game at 8-8. Later Stovall killed a Boiling Springs overpass to help Mauldin retake the lead at 13-12. Another untimely 2-7 Lady Bulldog run to 15-19 was fueled by Mauldin mistakes, but better play ensued as the region foes headed into the home stretch. The Lady Mavs would not quit or give up without a fight. Stovall and Unger killed successive Whitten sets and it was 17-20. Whitten then snuck a faux set into open Bulldog court for a kill point and set Faith for an encore kill two points later and it was 19-23. A block point by Stovall sandwiched by a pair of dooming shanks from the Lady Mavs spelled the end of the game and match for Mauldin as they went down 20-25 again - a painful end to a nighmarish match against a beatable Region opponent - OUCH ! Mauldin's record now stands at 9-6, but 1-2 in Region play. They will need to play better Thursday as Byrnes visits the Mauldin campus for another Region matchup at 6:30 pm - Go Mavs !


GAME 1: Mauldin 22 - Boiling Springs 25

GAME 2: Mauldin 20 - Boiling Springs 25

GAME 3: Mauldin 20 - Boiling Springs 25


Landers, Dana 7 2 2 0 269
Granger, Heather 10 78 1 6 159
Whitten, Kayla 21 4 131 0 52
Minor, Kimberly 17 0 141 0 35
Stovall, Jordan 18 85 0 5 56
Ungar, Melissa 16 62 0 9 29
Woodlee, Laura 1 48 2 3 16
Ewing, Chloe 1 1 0 0 67
Faith, Katie 6 30 1 1 19
Brown, Kristina 0 25 2 0 12
Cooper, Emily 0 2 0 0 33
Cessarich, Brandy 0 3 0 0 25
Scott, Chelsey 0 9 0 0 7