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Marshall Lady Mavs see 2-0 lead slip away

By Nathan Hague
Aug. 16, 2017 at 11:47 a.m.
Updated Aug. 16, 2017 at 11:47 a.m.


After winning its first two games against Chapel Hill Tuesday night, Marshall’s volleyball team dropped three straight to the Lady Bulldogs. The scores of the night were 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 12-15.

“Our mentality in the third set, I think we came out relaxed, fourth set, we didn’t fight,” Marshall head volleyball coach Kayla Green said. “I was proud of the way we played the fifth set. We showed a little more fight. I think our biggest thing is communication. We had five dropped balls, were running into each other so our communication has to get better but we’re working on it.”

Gabby Moore led the Lady Mavs in kills with 10 and also had two blocks. Kiari Johnson had seven kills, four aces and two blocks. Ry’An Sharpless had six kills. Chloe Buchanan had 36 digs and Cate Truelove had five aces.

Chapel Hill’s Hannah Richardson had 17 kills. Maddie Wages had 10 aces and 17 assists. Starla Starks led the team in digs with 12.

The two teams went back and forth early as Moore tied the game at 5-5 before the Lady Mavs took their first lead at 6-5. Marshall brought its lead to 10-6. That lead was short lived, however, as the Lady Bulldogs scored six straight points to take 12-10 lead. After falling behind 14-12, the Lady Mavs took a timeout.

That was followed by a pair of Marshall points to tie the game up at 14 apiece. A few short moments later, a kill from Sharpless tied the game up at 16-16. The two remained neck-to-neck as Moore tied it up at 23. A couple plays later, Chapel Hill was unable to successfully return the ball as the Lady Mavs sealed up the 25-23 win in game one.

Game two saw the Lady Mavs jump out to a 4-1 lead. Chapel Hill climbed back into it and took a 9-6 lead. The Lady Mavs stuck with them as the Lady Bulldogs hit the ball out of bounds to tie the game up at 9-9. Marshall then jumped back on top 14-12 and forced the Lady Bulldogs to call a timeout. They spread that lead following the timeout as Moore lifted them to a 16-12 lead. Moore set up a kill from Jasmine Mitchell to give Marshall an 18-15 lead. Carthage scored the next four points to take a 19-18 lead. Johnson slammed it down for the kill, giving the lead back to the Lady Mavs, 23-22. The Lady Mavs went on from there to seal up the 25-22 win in game two.

Chapel Hill took an early 6-2 lead in the third game. The Lady Bulldogs built an 11-7 lead, forcing the Lady Mavs to call timeout. A point from was the first of four straight as Marshall tied it up at 12-12. A block from Sharpless and another trio of Lady Mavs’ point spread their lead to 17-12. Moore then made it 20-14. The Lady Bulldogs crawled their way back in once again, cutting Marshall’s lead to 22-20, forcing another Lady Mavs’ timeout. Chapel Hill jumped out on top 24-22 following the timeout, setting up game point where it sealed up the 25-22 win.

A kill from Mitchell and an ace from Truelove led to an early 6-0 lead as the Lady Bulldogs called timeout. After the timeout, Mitchell’s point gave the Lady Mavs a 7-0 lead. That lead didn’t last as long as the Lady Mavs would have liked as Chapel Hill tied it up at 9-9, and again at 10-10 before taking a 13-10 lead. Lakeyvia Hill gave the Lady Bulldogs a 16-13 lead. The Lady Bulldogs put it on cruise control and finished game four with a 25-16 win.

Like the other four games, the fifth game was back and forth throughout. A kill from Johnson gave the Lady Mavs a 10-8 lead but a kill from Richardson led the Lady Bulldogs tying it up. An ace from Wages gave her team a 12-11 lead before a serve into the net tied it back up. Chapel Hill was one point away from winning the game, leading 14-12. Richardson then scored the final point of the match to seal up the 15-12 game five win and gave the Lady Bulldogs the 3-2 win.

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