(2008 - 2009) - Volleyball - Varsity

vs. Dorman Loss: 23-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-14,

Date: Sep. 23, 2008
Time: 06:30 PM
Location: Dorman High School

MAVS LOSE TO DORMAN: 23-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-14


The Mauldin Lady Maverick Varsity Volleyball team opened 4A Region 2
play on the road against 9 time State Volleyball Champions, 2007 Region
Runner-up and District Champions, the Dorman Cavaliers. The Mauldin and
Dorman JV volleyball teams opened the evening with 2 competitive games in
which the Mauldin team led both at the midway point, only to be overcome by
the Cavaliers in the late going of both games. As the Varsity squads warmed
up, the rowdy Dorman baseball team took their familiar courtside position
in attendance as were well over 150 parents, students, fans, and several
college coaches.
      Game 1 began with errors on both sides of the net as the early
jitters or adrenaline showed.  Behind 1-2, the Mauldin attack found its
stride with Senior setter Haley Register assisting Senior captain Rachel
Woodlee for 2 kills and Sophomore Heather Granger for another as the Lady
Mavs took the lead 7-4.  A couple of service receiving errors by the lady
Mavs and a Dorman Ace put the Lady Cavaliers back in front 7-8. Next, a
Kill by Junior Jordan Stovall off a feed by Register tied the score and
Mauldin extended its lead to 12-8 behind two Aces by Junior Kimberly Minor,
a block by Junior Melissa Unger. and an "in the net" call against a Dorman
hitter. After a couple of Dorman points, Minor set Senior Hitter Alex Evans
for a spike that immediately found the floor and Mauldin was up 13-11.
Dorman's lady Cavs stormed back behind strong serves to take a lead 14-16,
only to have the score knotted again at 16 following a Woodlee Kill. The
two squads seemed evenly matched, much to the chagrin of the veteran Dorman
coach, and after several long and intense rallies, Dorman's Lady Netters
had the advantage 18-22.  After a dig by Senior defensive specialist
Tiffany Smith, Register laid a set in front of athletic senior Jordan
Bowling for a thunderous spike through the Dorman block, the ladies in
White and Orange ignited a run at the ladies in Navy Blue after 2 Dorman
errors and a kill of a Cavalier overpass by Senior Alex Evans.  Our Lady
Mavs fought back down the stretch to close to within a point at 23-24,
before a service error gave the Lady cavaliers of Dorman the first game
      The Lady Mavericks stormed out to an early lead in Game 2, 5-3 thanks
to kills by Granger, Woodlee, and Sophomore Libero, Dana Landers.  The two
teams traded points over the next 10 minutes of long rallies and excellent
defense by both squads. A great save by Bowling, a block by Unger, a
handful of Digs by Landers, Smith, and Minor, and two Kills by Woodlee off
Minor sets saw the score favor Mauldin 13-11 at the midway point.  Dorman
then showed their grit and experience and fought off the Mauldin attack
with great blocking and a couple of big kills down the line to re-knot the
score at 18 and again at 19 after a service error by the Lady Mavs. Evans
then took advantage of a Dorman overpass with a spike and with the help of
diving digs by Granger and Landers, Minor set up a kill by Granger that put
the Lady Mavs in front 23-21. Several more long rallies and excellent
points kept both the mature and immature spectators enthusiastic and loud
before Woodlee finished the game with a kill off a Minor set.  Mauldin wins
the second game, 25-23.
      Maybe by the third game, the Dorman squad decided to react more
favorably to their coaches penchant for substituting for Cavalier players
who made unforced errors.  Maybe the lady Cav Netters were fueled by the
rare realization that they faced and were being played even by a tough and
hungry team from Mauldin.  Whatever the reason or explanation, the Dorman
team showed why their rafters are full of State Volleyball championship
Banners by jumping out to an early 1-8 lead behind strong service and
excellent defense.  Inexplicably, the Mauldin team showed some nervousness
and tentative play after their game two win and didnt score a Kill until
Kim Minor net-rolling kill off an overpass from the Dorman side brought the
game score to 4-12. Dorman kept up the attack and seemingly errorless play
to extend their lead to 5-15.  Showing strain, but no quit whatsoever,
Register dug and Landers set up a Woodlee kill to ignite a short run that
brought the lady Mavs to within 8 points - 10-18, but they would not get
that close again in game 3 as the lady Cavs of Dorman pulled away down the
stretch to Win game three 13-25.
      Game 4 started off on a good note with Woodlee quickly finding the
floor with a spike off a Register set, but then the Lady Cavaliers of
Dorman went on a 7 point run to take a 1-7 lead.  The Mavericks dug in
defensively and fought to 5-13, led by Dana Landers' 9 and Jordan Bowling's
5 fourth game digs, followed by blocks for points by Stovall and Woodlee.
But the Mauldin offensive attack could not assert itself against the fierce
blocking and disciplined defense of the lady Cavaliers.  Mauldin unforced
service and setting errors, followed by a Dorman Ace, put the Lady Cavs in
front 5-16 before senior Alex Evans showed she wouldnt  give up with 2
Lefty kills off of Minor sets brought the Mavs to 8-18.  The balance of the
game saw the Lady Mavs keep fighting and match points with the cavaliers,
but too many unforced errors and missed opportunities to attack prevented
the Mauldin team from making a run at the Dorman squad. Mauldin succumbed
in Game Four 14-25 to start Region play with a match loss.  but this
Thursday, September 25th at 6:30 pm will see the Lady Mav Netters travel to
Spartanburg High to try and even their region mark before a tournament in
Rock Hill this weekend.
      Good Luck Lady Mavericks - We still believe !




R. Woodlee  13         71             -              31          17

D. Landers     -           9            7               -             117

K.Minor          11          3           83              -             22

J. Bowling      8        47          1              11              46

H. Register    3         -           97               -               19

J. Stovall      2         33          9                12            16

H. Granger  11       30          4                10              21

A. Evans       1       28          3               15               12 
T. Smith        -           -          2                 -                37

M. Unger      4           6          -              12                  9

K. Whitten     -           -          8               -                    3

M. Gregg      -           2           -              1                   3 



Game Record:  18 Wins - 10 Losses

Region Record:  0 Wins - 1 Loss