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When Maiden needed points the most, Hannah Martin came through in the clutch.
Tied in the third game of the Blue Devilsâ€™ volleyball match against South Iredell on Wednesday, she was able to serve successfully against the Vikings.
Martinâ€™s serving enabled her team build a two-point cushion, giving them enough distance to win the game and match, 25-19, 25-14, 25-21.
â€śWe battled back when we needed toâ€ť said Maiden coach Marsha Davis. â€śEven though we got down in the third game, we still came back. They worked hard and put balls down when they needed to.â€ť
Martin also played a significant role in the first game victory for Maiden (4-2, 2-1). Down 10-11, the Lady Blue Devils rallied off seven straight points during Martinâ€™s serve to take a 17-11 lead in the match.
Martin admits that sheâ€™s worked on improving her serve.
â€śWe practice a lot on spot serving and where we want to serve on a regular basis,â€ť Martin said. â€śI didnâ€™t use to be a good server. Through middle school, I served underhanded. I started working on it, coach helped me and itâ€™s not an issue now.â€ť
The 7-0 run behind Martinâ€™s serve carried Maiden to a strong first game win.
Making another run early in the second game, the Lady Blue Devils scored 10-of-11 points to make it a 14-4 game.
The Lady Vikings (1-7, 1-3) crawled back into the game off of some Maiden mental mistakes.
Shamyia Coleman led the charge with two kills and a block, but South Iredell wasnâ€™t able to make up the deficit, dropping its second-straight game.
Down two games, the Lady Vikings refused to give up the match easily. Led once again by Coleman, South Iredell maintained a tie or one-point lead throughout most of the third game.
With the score tied at 17-17, Martin was once again serving, enabling her team to pick up two crucial points. She finished with a team-high 19 assists.
â€śHannah is probably one of our better servers,â€ť Davis said. â€śShe is consistent. It is very, very rare that she misses a serve. Itâ€™s comforting when you get her in that spot. You know you have to win points, but she can help win them for you.â€ť
The Lady Blue Devils went up 19-17, and one possession later, Alex Williams helped Maiden with her servicing. Williams had 13 kills, 10 digs and two aces on Wednesday.
The Maiden lead extended by three points, 22-18.
The combined effort by Martin and Williams, along with 15 kills from McKenzie Garrison, helped Maiden win the match and improve its conference record to 2-1.View more articles in: