(2008 - 2009) - Volleyball - Varsity

vs. Boiling Springs WIN: 28-26, 25-22, 25-20,

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



The Mauldin Lady Maverick Varsity Volleyball team resumed Region play
at home Tuesday evening feeling rested and confident after their impressive
tournament showing over the weekend in Rock Hill.   Not intimidated in the
least were their always tough Region foes - the Lady Bulldogs of Boiling
Springs !
      The first 8 points of Game one were split between the two teams
taking turns making forced and unforced errors.  Then Boiling Springs'
Kayla McAvoy's strong running jump-serve helped the Bulldogs pull ahead
5-10 as the tall and athletic freshman went on a 7 point service run which
included 2 Aces.  Loosening up and starting to play their game, the Lady
Mav netters charged back with a 7-3 run of their own behind a Block by
Senior hitter Alex Evans, and a Kill each from Senior Jordan Bowling and
Sophomore Heather Granger.  Besides a handful of outstanding sets in game
one, Senior Haley Register also recorded and Ace to bring Mauldin back to
within 1 point at the halfway point 12-13.  Great saves by Junior Jordan
Stovall and Sophomore Dana Landers kept rallies alive until a Thundering
spike from Senior co-captain Jordan Bowling off the set of Junior Kimberly
Minor put the Mavs in front 19-17 as both teams braced for the stretch run
and the fans stayed at the edge of their seats.  Lady Bulldogs Veteran
Erica Lowery then served 3 Aces during a 5 point service run to put the
ladies in Black and Red up 19-22.  A Block by Granger and an Ace by Junior
Melissa Unger brought the Lady Mavs into range at 23-24, when a big block
by Alex Evans found the floor and knotted the score at 24. Intense rallies
saw the teams tie at 25, and 26 before Register set Woodlee and Stovall
for Kills in the final two points to help the Lady Mavs prevail in Game
1... finally 28-26.
      Game two started much the same as the first with neither side proving
able to take a lead and extend it. The Ladies in Orange and White were as
determined as their foes...and as likely to make a mistake that the
opponent would capitalize upon until Woodlee hammered a loud spike to the
ground off a set by Minor to grab the midway lead at 13-12. Not long
afterward, Minor took advantage of the Lady Bulldogs with a pair of
consecutive aces to put Mauldin in front 18-15.  Again long rallies
displayed each team's hustle and grit, but on a couple of the next few
points, Mauldin's aggressive defense collapsed around blocks, leaving open
backcourt for the Lady Bulldogs to exploit.  But down the stretch it was
some senior leaders who took control with help from younger teammates - A
Kill down the line by Evans from a Landers set followed by 3 Aces from
Jordan Bowling put the Lady Mavs up 23-21.  Several points later, Minor set
the lefthanded closer (Evans) for a Kill to end the game 25-22
      The third game appeared to be a charmer for the Lady Mavs as they
quickly pulled in front 3-1 behind a Granger Ace and Kills by Woodlee and
Bowling.  The charmer in question was certainly a snake charmer because
each lead Mauldin mounted was erased by a determined Boiling Springs block
and defense. Hence the score was tied at 3, then 8 then 10, before  Granger
lined two topspin service aces to the Bulldog side to put the Mavericks in
front 13-12.  Rachel Woodlee then asserted herself with a Kill and an Ace
to put the Mavs in front 16-13.  Senior defensive Specialist Tiffany Smith
dug a hard spike from the Bulldog attack , passing to Register, who set
Woodlee again for a Kill that made it 18-13.  Boiling Springs wouldnt give
up however and fought back with a rally to bring the Bulldogs to within 2
points of Mauldin at 20-18.  The stage was set and the crowd ready for
another exciting stretch run when Senior Alex Evans took control of the
match after a Stovall block...  Junior Setter Minor realized who had the
Hot overhead smash working in the closing points and she proceeded to
assist Evans for 3 of her 8 match Kills during the stretch run of the third
stanza to pull away from the bewildered Bulldogs from Boiling Springs, -
game set, and match to  Mauldin  25-20.
      Next up for our Lady Maverick netters is Region adversary and
similarly once beaten Byrnes on the Rebels home turf at 6:30 pm Thursday
October 2nd.  Come support our Lady Mav Netters against formerly undefeated
and state ranked  Byrnes in another match likely to prove as exciting as it
is important. 

             SEASON STATS

NAME        ACES        KILLS       ASSISTS     BLOCKS      DIGS

R. Woodlee  26          143                 1                  49                29

D. Landers    1             18               10                     -              197

J. Bowling    23          105                2                   18                69
K. Minor       16              5             156                    -                 36

H. Register    5               -              172                   -                 30
H. Granger  29             45                6                  13                38

J. Stovall       3              59             16                  19                22

A. Evans        1             59               8                  22                15

T. Smith         1               3               2                    -                  54

M. Unger        6           19                1                 14                  12

K. Whitten      -                -               8                     -                    3

M. Gregg        2           2                1                     1                    4