(2008 - 2009) - Volleyball - Varsity

vs. Woodmont High - Loss 25-27,23-25, 21-25,

Date: Sep. 15, 2008
Time: 06:30 PM
Location: Mauldin High School


Monday Evening at Mauldin High, Mauldin's Lady Mavericks Volleyball
team hosted the once lowly Wildcats of Woodmont High.  After the J.V.
Maverick Netters handily defeated the Lady Wildcats 25-6 and 25-18, the
Varsity team might have thought they would do the same ... but it was not
to be !  Even bringing up three JV players (Juniors Christina Brown &
Brandi Cessarich, and Freshman setter Kayla Whitten) for the match didnt
bring the Varsity the boost they must have needed.
      The Lady Wildcats showed early that they are no longer the weak
sisters of previous years, by going out to an early lead on strong serving
by #30 Brianne Woodruff and #14 Kasey Wilson. Woodmont took a quick lead
and extended it to 4-9 before Senior Setter Haley Register and Senior
Captain Rachel Woodlee combined for several kills and Mauldin went on a 5
point service run aided by blocks from Woodlee and Junior Melissa Unger,
kills and digs by Jordan Bowling and Dana Landers, and an Ace by Unger
knotted the game at 13.  Register continued to set the Mauldin Captains, as
Woodlee and Bowling added several more kills to give Mauldin the advantage
22-20.  Then the Ladies in Royal and Black stiffened as #55 Libero Kristin
Brown of Woodmont  got every attack back up to the Woodmont offense who
forced Mav errors down the stretch as Woodmont prevailed in extra points
25-27 to take Game 1.
      The Lady Wildcats jumped ahead again in game 2 on errors by the lady
Mavs until Jordan Bowling stepped up her game with 6 digs, a kill, and two
aces to give the Mavs a lead at 7-6 early in the frame.  Junior Kim Minor
found Senior Alex Evans ready to take the attack to Woodmont as they
combined for 4 Kills in game 2, but the story and player of the game was
Woodmonts #41 - Sydney Tracy who dominated the frontlines with powerful
spikes and blocks to keep the Lady Mavs off balance.  The Lady Mavs wouldnt
crumble however, and fought back from down 16-24 behind a 7 point service
run by Bowling to come within a point at 23-24, before a Mauldin error gave
Game 2 to the Wildcats 23-25.
      From the spectator's viewpoint ...and if one were not partial to the
Lady Mavs, the whole match was an exciting affair. Long volleys and
tremendous defense on both sides of the net made for an excellent spectacle
for the fans...were it not for the disappointing outcome of too many points
!  Woodmont played textbook defense, kept the ball in play, and patiently
awaited their opportunities to attack or force Mauldin errors.  Woodmont's
play epitomized teamwork, while Mauldin displayed both flashes of
individual athletic brilliance and the impatience and tension of a team
under pressure.  In Game 3 once again, Woodmont's service pressure and
Mauldin errors allowed the Wildcats to take the early lead.  Again the Lady
Mavs fought back - strong, determined, and passionate ... but sloppy. Alex
Evans and Jordan Stovall made good on fine sets from Freshman Kayla Whitten
to bring the Mavs to within 3 points at 8-11.  Sophomore Heather Granger
had a block, a Kill, an Ace and a 4 point service run a few minutes later
to close the scoring gap to 14-16. Libero Dana Landers matched her game 1
with 8 more digs and Evans put up 4 blocks to keep Mauldin in the hunt,
When setter Whitten had to dig, Senior Defensive Specialist Tiffany Smith
put up an assist to Woodlee for a Kill,  and it looked as if maybe the Mavs
would turn the match around, tying Game 3 at 21 apiece.  But strong service
and a 4 point run by Woodmont Libero Kristin Brown ended the evening for
the Lady Mavs 21-25 as it appeared the ladies in Orange were determined to
avoid the final error, foresaking the attacking offense that has prevailed
over lesser opponents for the first third of the season.
      A schedule change has the Lady Mav Netters next match moved to
Wednesday Sept 17th, 6:30 pm at Greenville High, before our Mauldin girls
begin the Region 2 season against juggernaut and 4A number 1 ranked Dorman
in Spartanburg September 23rd. Come support the Lady Mavs as they re-group
and provide Greenville a chance to avenge an early season sweep and then
embark on the important and tough Region 2 schedule. Our Mauldin Varsity
Netters have too much pride and talent to continue the two match skid, and
will surely be firing on all cylinders as their season reaches its midpoint
next week.  Go Mavs !!!



Kimberly M.  8           2             61               -           18

Rachel W.   11        51               -             21           13

Haley R.       3          -              61               -           13

Jordan B.     8        32               1               8           33 
Dana  L.        -         7               4               -             75

Heather G.   10     21               2               7              6

Jordan S.     2       20               5               6              6
Alex  E.       -         16               2               9              3

Tiffany S.    -          -                 1               -             24

Melissa U.  4         3                 -              9              8

Morgan G.   _             -                     1                  1                   2

Kayla W        0           0                      8                1                  2