Week 16 of the Fall Season saw 3 teams still vying to continue their seasons. The Lady Mavs Volleyball team and both the Cross-Country teams loaded up the buses to test their mettle against some of the top programs in their respective sports. Here’s a breakdown of all the action:
Even though the weather has cooled with a slight chill in the air, the Lady Mavs Volleyball team was red-hot this past Saturday at the Noblesville Regional! First up for the Lady Mavs was a rematch of last year’s Regional Semi-Final versus the FW Carroll Chargers. The #19 ranked Chargers brought a tall and senior-laden team to the Regional, and their focus and athleticism were evident from the start. The Lady Mavs began the match with a little tentativeness, and the Chargers took advantage of that winning the first set 16-25. But great teams don’t falter after one bad set, and the Lady Mavs punched back winning the next two sets with some strong play at the net by seniors Claire Rice and Sheridan Phillips. The 4th set was a back and forth slugfest, with each team unable to make a definitive run. In the end, the Chargers played tough after a late set timeout and forced a 5th and deciding set.
In the 5th set, the Lady Mavs pulled out to an early 4 – 0 lead. However, after a few uncharacteristic hitting errors, the Lady Mavs allowed the Chargers to hang around. But when the final set got tight at 8 – 6, the Mavs showed championship resolve winning the match with a 15 – 11 tally.
After beating the FW Carroll Chargers, the Mavs next faced a formidable nationally ranked Hamilton Southeastern squad (25 – 0) who had only lost a couple of sets the entire season! Coach Sutter’s squad remained undaunted, knowing that when the Lady Mavs bring their A-game, there isn’t a team in the state that they can’t compete with.
The Lady Mavs started the Regional Finals match in a hole, losing a quick 1st set 17-25. McCutcheon did find their rhythm in the 2nd set winning a nail-biter 25-22. By the start of the 3rd set, it was clearly evident that sophomore standout, Chloe Chicoine, was in the zone and looking to drop the hammer on the Royal’s defense. Chicoine tallied 36 kills in the match and used her quickness to also rack-up 24 Digs. Despite the Mavs’ best attempts to slow down the Royal’s outside hitters, the Mavs found themselves in a 2-1 hole after the 3rd set. The Mavericks’ senior middles, Natalie Bonilla & Sheridan Phillips, played tough and aggressive at the net, helping the team to 7 blocks on the night. Their strong play, along with freshman OH, Isabella Humprhey, chipping in 7 kills and 15 digs, and her fellow classmate, Allie Shondell, delivering 54 assists helped the Mavs win a crucial 4th set. The punctuation on the 4th set was a huge highlight that let everyone in the gym know that the Lady Mavs came to play!
Sophomore standout, Raegen Burns, led the Mav’s Dig party tallying 28 digs, and fellow sophomore Emmy Frier (7) and senior Briann Robinson (4) help guide the team to a total of 95 digs for the Championship match. Junior Lauren Watson scored some crucial kills (7) for the Lady Mavs, and junior Shelbey Carrico and senior Kinsey Williams helped lead the team to 7 total Aces. In the end, the Lady Mavs proved that their A-game is at an elite level, and they earned the right to be crowned IHSAA Regional Champs!
The Lady Mavs will face a familiar foe at the Lafayette Jeff Semi-State, with a match against the highly touted #4 Munster Mustangs (30-2). The Lady Mavs have now won 11 straight matches, with their last loss being at the hands of the Mustangs back on Oct 3rd. The rematch is set for 4 PM at Lafayette Jeff’s Crawley Center. Ticket information will be made available soon!
The Lady Mavs runners headed back to New Prairie high school on Saturday to compete in the very fast northern Semi-State. Coach Ulrich’s Lady Mavs squad was led by sophomore Olivia Luban’s 34th and senior Ella Kanaby’s 63rd place finishes. The Lady Mavs were able to finish 15th out of 20 schools, and have a lot to build off of for next season!
Special thanks to Seniors: Ashlyn Cheesman, Meagan Grubbs, Caroline Hanback, Ella Kanaby, Jordan Wilken, and Hannah Zubay. Your leadership, school spirit, and dedication to the program cannot be overstated!
The McCutcheon Boys XC team was at full-strength with senior Damian Sanchez returning after a two-week quarantine. Sanchez (44th) and junior Ethan Kerr (70th) helped lead the Mavs to 17th place overall finish. Rookie Coach Dan Porter was very complimentary of his squad after the meet:
“I cannot express how grateful I am for this team. Their passion, effort, and attitude made this an incredible year. I thank them for making my life better. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us. We had a total of 47 PRs at some point this year! Eyes up. No gap. Get tough. Go Mavs.”
Special thanks to Seniors: Finn Devlin, Tyjay Laster, Andrew Riehle, Damian Sanchez, Jay Sibley, and Luke Trapp. Your continuation of the successful cross-country program was vital under a new head coach. Your leadership and dedication to the program cannot be overstated!