BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Maumee’s volleyball team improved to 3-0 with a 25-12, 25-7, 25-14 win over visiting Bowsher on August 22.
The Rebels actually began the night by jumping out to an 8-0 lead, thanks to a Madison Harmon kill and seven Panthers hitting errors, but it was almost all Maumee from there.
The Panthers charged back to take a 12-11 advantage on kills by junior setter Brynn Brown, sophomore hitter Jolie Sobb and freshman middle blocker Katelyn Owens and a quartet of aces from Sobb, junior libero Beth Brady and freshman setter Camy Wedge.
From there, Sobb served up five more aces that – when combined with a kill by junior outside hitter Maddie Kontak – pushed the score to 18-11.
Wedge assisted on additional kills by Brown and Kontak before Owens put the set away with Maumee’s 10th ace of the young contest.
After playing Bowsher to an initial 3-3 tie in the second, the Panthers went on to outscore the Rebels 22-4 through the remainder of the set.
Brown and Wedge combined for eight assists over the stretch, which also saw four more aces from the blend of Brady and senior defender Chloe Bunce and eight kills by the combination of Brown, Kontak, Owens and senior middle blocker Jessica Perrault.
Now trailing 2-0, Bowsher put its best set together in the third.
While Leiana Butler, Maya Harmon and Mariah Lewis joined Madison Harmon in putting 14 points on the board, however, it wasn’t enough to stop the Panthers from completing a sweep.
After again playing to a 3-3 tie, Maumee opened up a 24-12 lead with the help of three more aces by Brady and supplementary kills from Brown, Owens, Perrault, Wedge and junior hitter Kylie Miller.
Both the set and the match ultimately ended on a final Rebels hitting error.
Brown led the Panthers on the night by racking up 11 assists, 10 digs, eight kills and two blocks, Brady added 20 digs and five aces and Sobb totaled 11 digs, six aces and five kills.
Additionally, Wedge had 11 assists, two aces and a pair of digs, Bunce recorded 10 digs and two aces, Owens had four blocks, three digs and two kills, Perrault contributed four kills and two blocks, Kontak managed three kills and two blocks and Miller chipped in two more kills.
Madison Harmon paced Bowsher with five kills, five digs and two blocks, Butler added 10 digs, three assists and two kills, Callie Hoover had 10 more digs and Lydia Rodriguez dug out five Maumee shots, despite the loss.
MHS 3, Evergreen 0
Two days earlier, the Panthers notched their second win with a 25-8, 25-17, 25-18 win over visiting Evergreen.
This time around, Brown racked up 18 digs, 15 assists, 10 kills, three aces and two blocks, Brady added 19 digs and four assists, Bunce recorded 18 digs, Sobb totaled 10 kills, six digs and two blocks and Wedge had 15 assists and three digs.
In addition, senior hitter Ashlee Arndt contributed nine kills and two digs, Perrault managed four kills, two blocks and two digs, Owens chipped in four kills and two blocks and Kontak ended up with five kills.
MHS 3, Wauseon 0
Maumee opened its 2019 season with a 25-11, 25-22, 25-16 victory over Wauseon on August 17.
Brown racked up 14 assists, 11 kills, 10 digs, five aces and two blocks in this one, Sobb added 15 digs and seven kills, Brady totaled 17 digs and three assists and Wedge had 15 assists and four digs.
Furthermore, Kontak posted seven digs and four kills, Arndt contributed six kills and three digs, Bunce recorded six digs and three aces, Owens chipped in five kills and two blocks and Perrault rounded things out with five kills and two digs.