Lady Mavs end 22-6A’s first tour with big 3-1 win over Dobie
In the showdown to see which volleyball team would get a pivotal leg up on the other heading into the second tour of 22-6A, Memorial is savoring that advantage.
Taylor McAdams, Pilar Garcia and Adriana Avila combined for 28 kills as the Lady Mavs took over sole possession of third place with a big 3-1 win over rival Dobie in the Mavs Gym Friday.
Memorial won by scores of 25-18, 25-17, 20-25, 25-23 but the Lady Mavs needed as many offensive weapons as possible to help offset the strong play of Dobie’s Taylor Pleasants, who scored a match-high 16 kills.
Head coach Kasie Fernandez’s crew will now begin Round II Tuesday night with a 6-2 record, while Dobie fell to 5-3.
It looked for certain that the match was going the maximum of five games and Dobie leading 21-17 in Game 4.
But Memorial went on a 6-0 tear, matching its best run of the grueling match, before Garcia’s last kill made it 24-22 and McAdams’ final kill scored match point.
“It was really intense because we were one point ahead. The serve didn’t go well but the setter got it to me and I put it down and ended the game. I knew that side of the court was open because they hadn’t picked it up most of the game so I just tried to find the open spot and put it down,” McAdams said.
During the 6-0 run, Memorial tied the score 21-21 when Pleasants made one of her few hitting mistakes, slamming the ball into the net from mid-court. The Lady Mavs then went ahead for the first time since 9-8 when Garcia blocked a Natalie Onozie kill attempt.
“In practice, I drill this into them. When we do get into situations that are very common, we’re able to be successful. In one timeout, I reminded them that we do this all the time,” Fernandez said. “Just like in practice, just execute and we did.”
That may have been the timeout during Game 4 in which Fernandez spent maybe no more than 15 seconds in the huddle, said her piece and sent them back to the court.
That came after Memorial watched a 9-8 lead melt into a 14-9 deficit. The Lady Mavs were struggling with their blocks, while Dobie stuffed McAdams, creating the 14-9 score.
It was huge that Memorial roared out to a 2-0 lead. Game 1 was a back-and-forth affair with neither team able to steal the momentum until the two teams were deadlocked at 17-17.
That’s when Memorial went on its first 6-0 rampage. Garcia held serve for five of the points and keeping her as server were two Avila kills and a McAdams block.
“That’s all you really need in a match is a little wiggle room because errors are going to happen. That’s a given. It’s just who makes the fewer errors and tonight, it was us,” Fernandez said.
In Game 2, Memorial trailed 12-10 after its third service error of the contest after not committing any in Game 1. The Lady Mavs would finish with four SEs, accounting for almost 25 percent of Dobie’s Game 2 points.
Setter Carly Schneider collected the assist on the go-ahead point when her pass to Brandi Hemminger led to a well-placed dink.
Schneider bagged another assist when she and Garcia teamed up for the 15th point and a 15-12 lead. Sandwiched in between was a Hemminger kill after a Dobie serve dribbled over the net, but Memorial was on its toes in getting to the ball.
After a Pleasants kill from the left corner, Memorial scored four straight points, opening up a 19-13 lead.
The Lady Mavs were well on their way to getting the brooms out and leading 8-4 in Game 3 but Dobie runs of six and five straight points put the Longhorns up 20-14.
McAdams hopes the victory will make she and her teammates a tougher bunch for Tour II that will feature all the Humble ISD schools but Kingwood coming to Memorial’s gym.
“We’re going to try and take more sets from the higher teams like Kingwood and Summer Creek and hopefully win,” McAdams said.