The Eastern Tech volleyball team pulled out a thrilling, back-and-forth five-set win over visiting Sparrows Point last week.
The Mavericks lost the first set 25-21, rallied to win the second set 25-22 and then held on to win the third, also by 25-21.
The Pointers won the fourth set, 25-16, before the mavericks closed thing out with a 15-7 victory in the fifth set.
Eastern Tech then dropped a five-set match to Milford Mill on Friday to leave its record at 5-3 overall, and 5-1 in Baltimore County Division II.
Milford Mill and Sparrows Point are also in Division II.
Against Sparrows Point, the Mavericks pulled out the win with some strong serving from Sophia Foutzitzi and Shawna Budny, and good net play from Ozioma Erondu, Nathalie Cimbolo and Victoria Chinaka.
Eastern Tech led the fifth set 5-3, with neither team able to establish an attack.
A short serve by Sparrows Point increased Tech’s lead to 6-3 and put the serve in the hands of Budny.
She served three points to give the Mavericks a critical 9-3 lead in a set that only went to 15.
The teams then alternated points, leaving Eastern tech with an 11-6 lead. A spike by Cimbolo made it 12-6; after a Pointer error, spikes by Cimbola and Penelope Tapouzoglou clinched the match.
Eastern Tech trailed 9-5 and 22-19 in the second set. A Sparrows Point error returned the serve to Eastern Tech, and Erondo five straight points to even the match at one set apiece.
Budny started the third set by serving eight straight points for a quick Maverick lead. Sparrows Point rallied to get to within 20-17 and 23-20, but spikes by Mariah Kanhai and Topouzoglou helped Eastern Tech hold off the rally.
The Mavericks fell behind 8-0 and 22-9 in the first set before almost pulling out a win.
With Tech trailing 23-13, Foutzitzi served six consecutive points to pull the Mavericks to within 23-19. Five of those points were aces.
Foutzitzi finally missed a serve, and despite a spike and a block by Chinaka, Sparrows Point’s Samantha Gamble landed a spike to win the set.
After early leads of 6-3 and 8-5 by Eastern Tech, the fourth set was all Sparrows Point.
With the score tied at 10-10, the Pointers won 11 of the next 14 points to take a 21-13 lead.
A Chinaka block and a shoot from Renee Rosales helped slow the Pointer momentum, but the Mavericks couldn’t overcome seven straight services without scoring a point; Tech’s last eight points came on Sparrows Point losing the serve.
But, with visiting Sparrows Point on the verge of an upset, the Mavericks collected themselves and never trailed in the fifth set.
All seven of the Pointers’ points in the fifth set came from Eastern Tech losing the serve; the Pointers never scored on their own serve as the Mavericks promptly regained the serve on spikes by Cimbola (three) and Topouzoglou, and a Foutzitzi dink.