C. Milton Wright coach Kim Mayforth got what she was looking for in Hayley North this season. The junior had just moved to Harford County from Clemson, S.C., and wanted to play volleyball.
Mayforth felt like the Mustangs were lacking a proven setter. She found one in North, who directed visiting C.M. Wright to a 15-3, 15-5, 15-9 victory over Bel Air last night in a Harford County match.
"We played well tonight," Mayforth said. "This is a big game, and [my team] stepped up when we needed to."
In the first game, the No. 10 Mustangs (5-0) trailed 3-1 before aggressive serving by Ashley Blevins and the net play of Megan Hube sent them on a 14-0 run, allowing them to win the game, 15-3.
It was pretty much the same in the second game. After Bel Air took a 4-2 lead, the Mustangs used several sets by North to go on a 13-1 run and win, 15-5.
The Bobcats got closer in the third game, using key blocks by sophomore Megan Arnold to tie the score 6-6. North, however, either set up or served six of the Mustangs' final nine points in a 15-9 victory.
Mayforth says North is a big reason the Mustangs are off to a good start.
"She's a great asset to the team," Mayforth said. "She bonded almost immediately with her teammates, and she picks things up very quickly. She's one of our leaders out there."
North joins a team that has been to the state semifinals the past two seasons, and senior teammate Hube thinks North's presence will be the missing ingredient for the Mustangs.
"She's really scrappy. She always seems to want the next ball," Hube said. "She'll make a big play, and it motivates the rest of us."
For Bel Air (1-4), the loss was bitter. "It's a rivalry," said Bel Air coach Amy Sexton of the two schools that are only a few miles apart. "The kids get so motivated to play them that sometimes they lose their focus when they get behind. I think that happened to us tonight."
Count Sexton among North's fans.
"She ran their team tonight," Sexton said. "She has great all-around skills, and she'll really help them. They already have a good team, and she makes them even better."
Pub Date: 9/24/99