Mavericks outlast Jaguars in 4 games

GETTING VERTICAL — Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman’s Lizzie Oothoudt (15) spikes the volleyball as Martin County West’s Cheyenne Owens (left) and Sami Meyer (second from left) set a double-block during Valley Conference action Tuesday night in Truman. The Jaguars’ libero Kambria Steinhaus (blue jersey) and Abby Calkins watch the play. (Photo courtesy of Susan Petrowiak)

TRUMAN — Martin County West rallied to three straight game wins to come back and beat Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman.

The Mavericks beat the Jaguars, 18-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23, in the Valley Conference clash in Truman on Tuesday night.

The teams stayed close through the first points of Game 1 to get to 6-5, but the Jaguars strung together three straight points to take a lead they would not give up.

With the Jaguars up 9-5, the teams swapped serves that went long to give the Jaguars the ball with a 10-6 lead. Chloe Hartman then served the Jaguars to four more points to build the lead to 14-6.

The eight-point lead was too much for the Mavericks to overcome as the teams traded points to get to 19-12 in the Jaguars’ favor.

MCW closed to within five points, but a couple of unforced errors gave the Jaguars the final points to take Game 1.

Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman head coach Paul Steinhaus said he liked his team’s energy, but the couple of times it dropped hurt.

“We played with some OK intensity,” Steinhaus said. “We ran into a couple of lulls there that were difference makers. The game is all about momentum and all the sets were pretty close, so those lulls make a big difference.”

The beginning of Game 2 was all Mavericks.

MCW jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a Shaylynn Anderson kill to get the serve from the Jaguars.

After trading two points each way, Karlee Thiesse served the Mavericks to a four-point run to take a seven-point lead.

A Kambria Steinhaus kill helped the Jaguars fight back to get within four points of the Mavericks at 12-8.

The Jaguars stayed within seven points of the Mavericks through 23-16, then took five of the final seven points, but could not overcome the deficit.

Martin County West co-head coach Kayla Zehms said she thought her team played well, but still has a lot to work on. She said her players all had times where they played well and others that they need to learn from.

“I thought they all had their moments and they all did good, but they also all had times where they struggled, too,” Zehms said. “They had to struggle through it, which is also a good thing for them to be able to push through a situation when they really need to. Everyone needs to learn how to deal with that. I felt like everybody had good and everybody had things they could work on. Overall a good day getting the W.”

Long scoring runs controlled Game 3.

The Mavericks jumped out to a 11-4 lead with multiple assists from Cheyenne Owens and kills from Anderson and Taylor Elliott, but the Jaguars fought back.

With Jasmine Walraven serving, the Jaguars scored five consecutive points to get back to 11-9 Mavericks.

MCW slowly added to its lead to get ahead 19-12 with assists from Anderson and kills from Thiesse, Hannah Olson and Sami Meyer, but Lydia Steinhaus served the Jaguars to a seven-point run to tie the game at 19. Lydia Steinhaus had an assist, Lydia Studer had a kill and Marah Engel had a block during the run.

The Jaguars would take a 22-21 lead, but the Mavericks got an ace and assist from Owens and a kill from Elliott to take the 25-23 win.

With the match on the line, the Jaguars stayed close in Game 4.

The Jaguars went up 2-0, then MCW scored five-consecutive points behind Madison Klima’s serves to take its first lead of the game.

A couple of points later, the Jaguars got back-to-back aces from Abby Calkins to tie the game at 6.

Anderson set up Elliott and Meyer on back-to-back plays to give MCW back its lead, but Lydia Steinhaus teamed with Michaelah Petrowiak to get the Jaguars the serve back.

The teams swapped points to tie at 9, 10 and 11 before the Mavericks got on a run.

Owens served an ace to begin the scoring, then assisted Elliott for a kill. Elliott and Meyer teamed for a block and Danielle Nelson set up Meyer for a kill during the streak.

The Jaguars took advantage of unforced errors again to come back and tie the game at 18 then take a 19-18 lead, but the Mavericks scored seven straight points behind Klima serving, to take the final game and the match.

Paul Steinhaus said after the match, he and his team went through three things they did well and three they can improve on, as well as talked about the next match.

“Our next match is senior night,” Steinhaus said. “We talked about senior night and we talked about being good teammates because that’s how we’re going to play.”

Martin County West (5-12, 3-4 Valley Conference) host Blue Earth Area on Thursday night in Trimont, while Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman (3-22, 2-17 Valley Conference) hosts St. James Area on Thursday night for senior night.