With the win last Thursday over Esparto in a 3-1 set win, Maxwell ups their league record to 6-2, just a game shy from the No. 1 spot.
Esparto jumped out to a score-lead early in the first set with kills by Lizbeth Lopez. Maxwell narrowed the score gap from the service by the hands of Morgan Dennis, but fell short with a 25-18 loss.
The second set gameplay was a battle of defenses, as Maxwell’s Laynee Haywood crushed the Spartans on attacks, from the net. Paired with Courtney Wycoff and Leah Ferrara, the Panthers stayed on top for most of the match and claimed a 25-19 win.
With each team claiming a set win, the Spartans fought for every point and kept the score gap within two.
Crucial digs by Maxwell’s Rosa Corona propelled Maxwell to a tight set win, 26-24. Just a set away from claiming another conference win, Maxwell came out strong in the fourth set. Kills by Haywood and Ferrara added to the score gap over Esparto. Dennis again served up several aces against Esparto’s defense, allowing the Panthers to clinch a fourth set win, 25-17.
Haywood recorded seven kills on the night with four aces. Ferrara and Wycoff contributed seven kills each.
With just a little over one week left in conference match-ups, Maxwell will need to secure their last home game with a win over their rivals, the Biggs Wolverines, Thursday at 6:30 PM. Senior night will be held after the 5:30 PM junior varsity game. ■