Lady Cardinals stay undefeated

By Doug Gorman

Jonesboro head coach Dan Maehlman doesn't like talking about his accomplishments as the team's head coach, but in four seasons he has turned the Lady Cardinals into one of the best teams in the Southern Crescent.

A year ago, the Lady Cardinals won the area tournament and advanced a couple of rounds into state tournament.

This year, the Lady Cardinals are on the road to another successful season and the momentum kept going Tuesday night at Eagle's Landing as the Lady Cardinals beat both Henry County and Eagle's Landing.

The pair of victories gave Jonesboro a 22-0 overall record.

It was also a coaching milestone for Maehlman, who won for the 100th time in his career.

"It's really not my record," he said. "We have had good players here and they have worked hard."

Jonesboro began its victorious afternoon of volleyball by sweeping Henry County 25-18, 25-13, and 25-15.

Against Eagle's Landing, Jonesboro faced a tough challenge.

Jonesboro beat Eagle's Landing, one of the teams expected to challenge the Lady Cardinals come area tournament time, 25-20 and 25-10 in the first two games.

Eagle's Landing the rallied in game No. 3, beating the Lady Cardinals 25-18.

Finally in game No. 4, then Lady Cardinals pulled out a dramatic 26-24 victory.

"Eagle's Landing is a good volleyball team," said Maehlman. "They are always well-prepared to play."

The fourth and final game was full of drama as Jonesboro built a 9-4 lead, watched it expand to 14-7 before Eagle's Landing put the game away.

Eagle's Landing outscored Jonesboro 6-2 over the next eight points and cut the gap to 16-13.

A block back over the net by Jasmine Duffey increased the lead back to four at 21-17, but the Lady Golden Eagles stormed back again, eventually tying the contest at 24-24.

Jonesboro prevented the fifth and final game by scoring the last two points.

Against Henry County, quality serving by Valarie Traber, Lauren Wood and Monica Gennadopolus put the Ladyhawks away.

Lake Dow falls to Forest Park Christian: The Lake Dow Christian School volleyball team fell to Forest Park Christian Tuesday night. Lake Dow was swept in three games 25-23, 25-19 and 26-24. Lydia Hamm had 15 spikes in the game while Heidi Reagan had 12 spikes.