When Maiden needed points the most, Hannah Martin came through in the clutch.
Tied in the third game of the Blue Devils’ volleyball match against South Iredell on Wednesday, she was able to serve successfully against the Vikings.
Martin’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.
“We battled back when we needed to” said Maiden coach Marsha Davis. “Even though we got down in the third game, we still came back. They worked hard and put balls down when they needed to.”
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 Martin’s serve to take a 17-11 lead in the match.
Martin admits that she’s worked on improving her serve.
“We practice a lot on spot serving and where we want to serve on a regular basis,” Martin said. “I didn’t use to be a good server. Through middle school, I served underhanded. I started working on it, coach helped me and it’s not an issue now.”
The 7-0 run behind Martin’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 wasn’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.
“Hannah is probably one of our better servers,” Davis said. “She is consistent. It is very, very rare that she misses a serve. It’s comforting when you get her in that spot. You know you have to win points, but she can help win them for you.”
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.