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By Pierre Bibbs
Sports Editor 

Lady Mavericks outlast Glasgow


September 9, 2020

North Country's Jaydyn Erickson prepares to jump serve a volleyball in the Lady Mavericks' win over Malta.

The Lady Mavericks outlasted another Class B foe as they defeated Glasgow 3-2 last Tuesday night in Saco.

The Mavs also defeated Malta 3-2 on Thursday, September 3, making them 2-0 against Class B opponents so far this season. Despite being a Class C team consisting of high school students from Saco, Whitewater, and Hinsdale, Mavericks Coach Charlene Wasson said that she doesn't change the way the team approaches games against larger teams.

"With our wins lately and especially Tuesday it was like the pieces of the puzzle have finally come together and the girls see what I have been seeing for the last three years," Coach Wasson said. "When I started coaching the seniors and juniors in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade, I knew they were going to work well together and now that is finally paying off."

Coach Wasson also feels that her team isn't intimidated to play Class B teams because they see Class B teams three to four times a year. She also said that facing out of conference opponents allows her team to try some in-game creativity; including jump serves.

Coach Wasson feels that her team this season is a more well-rounded team than she has had since she started coaching the Mavericks in 2018.

"I have true Middle Hitters, Outside Hitters, Setters, Liberos, and back row players," Coach Wasson said.

In the team's win over Glasgow, the Mavs were led by senior Kia Wasson who had 14 kills, seven digs, and one block. Senior Kaitlyn McColly had 13 kills and 11 digs. Seenior Jaydyn Erickson had nine kills.

"Kia, Kaitlyn, and Jaydyn are doing a great job of selecting hits and placements for kills," Coach Wasson said. "There timing on their approaches is getting solid making them very consistent at hitting."

Coach Wasson also said that a hitter is only as good as the setter who puts them in a good position, mentioning the efforts of junior setters Jayc. Erickson and Zandora Longtree.

Longtree had a team-leading 15 digs. Longtree saw her first game at Libero against Glasgow.

"I have a lot of faith in Zandora she has come a long way for us and is going to be an awesome libero and addition in our back row," Coach Wasson said. "Let's not forget she has one wicked serve."

North Country fell behind Glasgow after two sets, dropping the first set 25-22 and then the second 25-21.

"In our first two sets, we were right there making a push for the lead but ended up making some mistakes," Coach Wasson said. "Our practice on Monday was a little sluggish kinda like our start in those first two sets."

She said that after the first two sets, the team woke up and started firing on all cylinders, stating that volleyball is a mental game.

"You have to be prepared to begin, play tough through the downs, and recover fast," Coach Wasson said. "When you do those things well and consistently; you put together a match as we did on Tuesday."

The team bounced back and won the third and fourth sets. The scores were 26-24 and 25-14 respectively. The team then won the final set 15-13.

"The last set was a continuation talking, hitting well, and just passing the ball," Coach Wasson said. "When we accurately passed every one of their serves, we were getting two times the number of attacks that we got in the Malta match or even the Scobey match for that matter."


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