(2008 - 2009) - Volleyball - Varsity

vs. Spartanburg - SENIOR NIGHT! - WN - 25-13,25-12-25,15,

Date: Oct. 14, 2008
Time: 06:30 PM
Location: Mauldin High School




Gwinn Davis Photo




Read the Tribune Times about last week's wins over Hillcrest and Dorman


The Mauldin High Varsity Ladies Volleyball team celebrated Senior
night in the Campus gym before a large contingent of families, alumni,
friends, inlaws and outlaws of the 6 Lady Mav Senior standouts. The coaches
presented Flowers, DVDs, and Keepsake Mauldin Maverick Blankets to the
Ladies and parents who have given their time, sweat, and tears to Mauldin
Volleyball over the past 3, 4, and in one case, 6 years.  Orange and White
Balloons and Posters made by the team's underclassmen adorned the Gym in
tribute to the seniors. Jordan Bowling, Alex Evans, Morgan Gregg, Haley
Register, Tiffany Smith, and Rachel Wooodlee have led this team and program
through lean years and 3 (in one case 4) different coaches, to its current
prosperity.  As Juniors this group led the team to the Upstate Playoffs for
the first time this Millenium and as Seniors they have their sights set
even higher. This group of Seniors have excelled on the court, in the
classroom, and in the community...and they will be sorely missed. Touching
messages from each Senior to their Parents, teammates, and Coaches insured
that there were plenty of moist eyes among the Mauldin faithful.  Special
thanks go out to Teresa Stovall and Karen Minor for all of their work in
organizing the details, arrangements, and gifts for our deserving and
accomplished Seniors.
      After the photographs were taken, the two teams were introduced, and
Courtney "Diva" Arnold sang the national  anthem beautifully, The Lady Mavs
seniors and their younger "sister" teammates took to the court to take care
of some business and an opponent from Spartanburg High who were standing in
their path to accomplishing their goals for the 2008 season.
      Game One opened with a thundering, nearly perpendicular Kill by
Senior Rachel Woodlee from a set by Senior Haley Register to start the
scoring.  Game One ended on a 7 point service run by Senior Jordan Bowling
which included 3 Aces to complete the decisive victory over the Lady
Vikings, 25-13. In between, Seniors Alex Evans, Woodlee, and Bowling
combined for 8 kills, while Senior Setter Register and her Junior partner,
Kimberly Minor tallied 5 and 3 assists respectively to pace the offense.
Defensively, Senior Morgan Gregg and Woodlee, along with Junior Melissa
Unger put up blocks to the Spartanburg attack and Seniors Gregg and
Woodlee, with help from Sophomores Dana Landers and Heather Granger turned
12 digs into transitioning passes to the setters.
      Game Two saw more of the same domination. Seniors Bowling and Evans
combined for 9 scoring spikes for the Lady Mavs in the second frame with
assistance from Minor, who went on an early 4 point service run to put the
Mavs in front 8-3.  Senior Tiffany Smith (who has been a Lady Mavs
Vollleyballer since the 7th grade) did a great job on defense with 3 Digs
and a backrow Kill before it was the underclassmen's turn to show that
future seasons could be promising.  Junior Melissa Unger followed a kill
off of a Register set with an Ace to put the Mavs solidly in control 13-5.
Sophomore Heather Granger pounded a Kill to the floor then set Bowling for
another and the Mavs were up 16-6.  Sophomore Dana Landers smashed a Kill
from the backrow to fuel a 4 point service run by Register, which included
an Ace, and the Ladies in Orange and white hit the homestretch 19-6.  A
little sloppy play by the lady Mavs and some scrappy defense and
opportunistic offense by the Lady Vikings allowed Spartanburg to close the
gap, but when Junior setter Kim Minor laid the rock perfectly  in front of
a leaping Bowling, the loud slap of a Mikasa thumping the floor signalled
the finish of another fine win for Mauldin, 25-12.
      Game Three saw the Lady Vikings from Spartanburg play determined
defense and give appearances that they wouldnt allow a sweep.  Spartanburg
Libero Emily Taylor was especially adept at digging and returning Mauldin
hitter's attacks.  Minor served an Ace to put the Mavs on top of the
resurgent Lady Vikings 7-6.  Mauldin's Libero Landers was equal to her
counterpart, lifting 7 of her team high 17 digs in the third frame as this
game featured longer and better played rallies that the two previous.
Senior Tiffany Smith went on a 3 point service run and added a great dig to
extend the Lady Mavs lead to 10-7. Then Kills by Junior Jordan Stovall and
Senior Alex Evans off of Register sets, followed by a service Ace from
Evans, put the lady Mavs in front to stay 13- 8. The Lady Vikings fought
bravely and re-closed the margin to 14-11. Ultimately the Lady Mav Attack
put too much pressure on the ladies in Navy and gold. Blocks by Seniors
Gregg and Woodlee stemmed the tide of a Viking run before Woodlee tallied 4
kills late in the third game and Bowling, Granger, Stovall, and Evans each
added another to pull away from a stunned Spartanburg defense that had so
valiantly held their ground for the first half of the game.  Junior Kim
Minor served an Ace to complete the rout 25-15.
      With this win, the state 6th ranked Lady Mavs still stand in a second
place tie with Dorman in 4a Region 2 at 5-2.  Hillcrest defeated Byrnes
Tuesday night in 4 games to maintain their lead in the region at 4-1.
Since Dorman holds a tiebreaker advantage over Mauldin, the Lady Mavs need
to run the table over Boiling Springs, Byrnes, and Hillcrest ...and root
for a  Hillcrest victory over Dorman (tough to do, I know) to become the
2008 region 2 champs.  Other possibilities (both positive and negative)
exist if Byrnes can pull upsets over any of the top 3 in the region in the
last 1.5 weeks, but Our Lady Mavs look like a cinch to qualify for the
playoffs which will begin Tuesday October 28th.  The question for the
Seniors and their teammates to answer with their play, is whether we will
open the playoffs at home as a 1 or 2 seed against a region 1 foe (TL
Hanna, Greenwood, Wren, Easley, Laurens, Westside) , or go on the road as a
3 or 4 seed and face a top team from Region 1 ????



R. Woodlee  29      221         2           87          55

D. Landers    3        25         17           -           371

H. Register  12       -           286           -             62

K.Minor      25        5         264            -            62

J.Bowling   32     155         6            25          113

H. Granger  39      78          9           17           81

J. Stovall     4      95          19           34            57

A. Evans      2      98          8            31            29

T. Smith      2       6           2            -              75

M. Unger    7       31          2           25            20

M. Gregg    2       4           3             4               7

K. Whitten  -        -           8           -               3