Multiple Teams · Monsoons win 5-set thriller

Up 2-0 against the Norwalk Lancers with commanding 25-16 and 25-10 victories in the first two sets, it appeared the Mayfair girls volleyball team was set to roll to another Suburban League win. A resilient Norwalk team had other plans in Thursday’s highly anticipated matchup.

Behind solid serving from Norwalk and sloppy play by the Monsoons, the Lancers established a 5-11 lead in the third set. The struggling Monsoons turned to senior Skyler Williams who would lead the Soons back into the game, eventually tying the score at 19-19. Four straight points by Norwalk would give them a 23-19 lead, but once again Mayfair bounced back. Sophomore libero Emma Kailiponi extended several plays with diving saves and junior Sarah Clausen put down a pair of kills to tie things up at 23. Norwalk, however, would score the next two to take the third set 23-25.

The fourth set got off to a similar start as the Lancers jumped out to a 5-9 lead, shortly followed by a Mayfair run highlighted by a pair of blocks and kills by Joy Umeh to bring the score to 12-12. The teams played nearly even to a 19-19 score before scrappy plays by Norwalk paved the way to a 23-25 fourth set for the Lancers.

Mayfair opened the 5th set with two critical errors and Norwalk took advantage to open a 1-4 lead. With the Soons on the edge of defeat, Bria Augustine and Kanana Fuimaono took their turns to step up. Each had a well-placed tip as the Soons evened up the score at seven apiece. From there, Mayfair never looked back. Augustine placed two serves on the corner lines for aces and came up with several defensive plays while Fuimaono dropped two key tips over the Lancer’s frontline, leading Mayfair on an 8-1 run to finish the game 15-8 and secure the victory.

Williams led the Soons with 17 kills and 8 blocks, Fuimaono had a team-leading 29 assists while contributing 6 blocks of her own, and Kailiponi added 18 digs.

With the win, the Soons move to 4-0 in Suburban League play and 13-2 overall.

Up next is a home matchup with Bellflower on Thursday, September 29.