Conley falls in 3A state championship game


Marvin Ridge started out their bid for the school’s first volleyball championship in a tightly contested first set against unbeaten Eastern Champion D.H. Conley, but the Mavericks’ confidence was bolstered by the first set win, and they went on to sweep Conley 3-0 and claim their first Volleyball Title.


The first set saw 11 ties, the last coming at 16 all, before Marvin Ridge used a mini-run to stretch out the lead to 22-18. The Mavericks went on to a 25-22 first set win as Maggie Young slapped two of her 11 kills to the floor late in the set to spark the Mavericks win.


The second set was completely dominated by the Mavericks. After trading points up to 3 all, Marvin Ridge went on a 6-0 run as match M.V.P. Mac Russ spiked four of her 12 kills to the floor in the spurt. That flourish was followed eventually by an 8-0 run that pushed the Maverick lead to 17-6. Marvin Ridge went on to win the second set 25-8. 


The confidence continued to expand for Marvin Ridge as the Mavericks ripped off the first five points of the third set. With a 24-16 lead in the set, and championship point, Russ blocked down a Viking attack to lift the Mavericks to a 25-16 third set win and an NCHSAA record 44th win of the season.


Russ finished the match with a team-high 12 kills and an assist. She was named the 3A Championship M.V.P. Marvin Ridge’s Adriana Jordan had 34 assists to go with 3 kills and 6 digs on the day.


NOTE: 2005 was the last time that all four NCHSAA State Championships were 3-set sweeps. That year, Hendersonville swept Trask in the 1A finals, Cardinal Gibbons downed West Henderson in 2A, Fred T. Foard bounced D.H. Conley in 3A and Providence beat Person in 4A.


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D.H. Conley                                      22        8          16        –           –

Marvin Ridge                                     25        25        25        –           –

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