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Maeve Voltz helps power Bay Shore girls volleyball's rally over Commack

Bay Shore's Maeve Voltz sets up her kill

Bay Shore's Maeve Voltz sets up her kill during a Suffolk League I girls volleyball match against Commack in Bay Shore on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Credit: Peter Frutkoff

Just when their opponent began building momentum for the first time all night, the Marauders decided it was time.

Time to rip off one of their most dominant runs of the season.

Trailing by 1 about midway through the second set, the Bay Shore girls volleyball team suddenly flipped the switch on Commack, scoring 12 of the final 13 points en route to a 25-17, 25-15, 22-25, 25-21 Suffolk I home victory on Wednesday night.

Senior outside hitter Maeve Voltz led the way for the Marauders with 15 kills, four blocks, two aces and a dig. Junior setter Sophia DeBonis also provided a boost of her own, adding 28 assists, 14 digs, 12 kills and a block as Bay Shore improved to 11-0 in league and 11-1 overall.

"We kind of just did what we do best," Voltz said of the match-changing run. "We do this in practice and we know what it’s like to finish off like that."

The Cougars (8-3) clawed back from a 22-18 deficit in the third set with seven consecutive points to close out and bring themselves to within 2-1. Bay Shore responded by mirroring that outcome in the fourth game to seal the win.

DeBonis touched on Bay Shore’s mentality as they looked to bounce back following the third set.

"The main thing we said was to get our serves up and over," DeBonis said. "Serving is what cost us that last set. So we pushed there and made that improvement."

One of the top outside hitters in Suffolk, Voltz entered the night with 125 kills and came through in a big way once again. She credited her teammates for their role in her success throughout the season.

"I know that I can achieve a lot for myself," Voltz said. "I work hard in practice, have great chemistry with my setters and everyone passing does a great job as well."

DeBonis said the only thing more reassuring than Voltz’s tranquil demeanor is her ability to consistently produce thunderous hits.

"She’s a very calm personality on the court," DeBonis said. "She’s very nice and it’s soothing to be with her, but at the same time she just hits the ball straight down. It’s crazy and she’s an awesome player."

Bay Shore coach Jamie Soldinger is confident that she can lean on Voltz’s leadership regardless of the circumstance.

"I know that I look to her to get her job done," Soldinger said. "And I know that she handles that pressure with such ease and grace. It’s just amazing to see such a young athlete strive both on and off the court. She’s really an all-around girl."

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